Post # 1
I have had an Mirena IUD for the past 5 yrs and next month I am due to remove it. My problem lies that my dr no longer uses that IUD and uses the copper one now. For some reason this makes me uneasy. I don’t like the idea of metal in me. I wanted to know if anyone has recomendtions of a BC with minor side effects? I am going to bring up gettting snipped since the only reason I used a IUD was because she felt like I would change my mind about kids…I haven’t and my FH is on board with that. If she still wants me to wait I would like a list of back up options…. any ideas I can google would be great!
Post # 3
@primepretty: Depo is the same hormone as the mirena, so that might be an option, but do to the way it is introduced into the body there tends to be more side effects than with Mirena.
WHat bothers you about having metal inside you vs plastic? The Paraguard is an excellent long term BC (good for 12 years), but hormone free so it will not stop your periods. In fact it may make them heavier and crampier.
I would look into the Nexplanon if I was you. Same hormone as the Mirena, but is inserted into the arm. It is good for 3 years.
Post # 4
i have paragard and its great! only had it a few months, but no complaints other than some cramping.
Post # 5
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@primepretty: If you’re over 30 you shouldn’t have a problem finding a doctor willing to snip you. If that’s not an option, then maybe your husband would consider getting a vasectomy.
An implant is a great idea if you want longterm BC with little worries or responsibilities to remember to take a pill or trade out a ring or patch. The Paraguard apparently lasts for up to 10 years so you would have longterm protection that is nonhormonal. Why did your doctor phase out the Mirena? Would it be worth going to another doctor to have one re-implanted.
Post # 6
@primepretty: is there a reason she does not use that iud? If not, I don’t see why she can’t order it for you. If that was the one I wanted and felt comfortable with, I would just ask my Dr. to order it. Is she medically opposed?
Post # 7
Nexplanon. It’s less invasive and last 3 years. I haven’t had it for very long but there’s but no problems so far.
Post # 8
I had the copper IUD and it had no hormones in it, which was why I wanted it (mine have ALWAYS been off and whacky and I go nuts on pills). The only reason I got rid of it was because the copper changed my chemistry down thur and I had constant infections…but from what I understand that is fairly rare. Other than that, there were no side effects and I loved it. I really recommend you give it a try, it’s the best nonhormonal thing out there and really doesn’t have all of the side effects associated even with your mirena or any other hormonal BC.
I am now on seasonele and I HATE it, lol, so I recommend against that. I have been having anxiety, headaches, sick stomach, cramps, depression, my hair is coming out in handfuls of strands, and feel like I’m going to burst into tears every minute of the day (even sitting here at my desk doing work!). Either that or I hate my FI’s guts. So cross that one off your list. 😉
I liked Yaz when I was on it a long time ago. I have been looking at Nexplanon like others have said, and was going to talk to my doc when they call me back about this seasonele thing.
Post # 9
@primepretty: I have an Implanon in my arm, which is very easy to put in, it took two minutes and lasts three years. It does mess with my cycle slightly, but I was a little irregular to begin with. I love having it and have had no other problems with it.
Post # 10
I too once used the copper IUD and liked it.