Has anyone gone from the Pill to the Paragard?? What has your experience been?

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Me!!! My obgyn highly recommended it even though I didn’t have any side effects with BC – I was just ready to be off hormones. The idea that it’s not ideal for women who haven’t had children is outdated – perfectly fine these days. 

Pros: good for TEN YEARS, no hormones, no remembering a pill, just live your life perfectly normally and you don’t get preggers! Super sweet. 

Cons: hurts like a bitch going in (but that’s very brief – take 4 ibuprofen beforehand and it’ll help), made my periods heavier and cramps worse for the first 6-9 months (but nothing a couple ibuprofen for 1-2 days couldn’t handle), kind of expensive (but so is 10 years’ of birth control). Um that’s about it. Totally worth it. 

In summary, highly recommended!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Ps, if you search for Paraguard or IUD, there are several good threads here about it. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

The pills made me a moody bitch! I discussed IUD’s with my OB/GYN. The thing I didn’t like about the Paraguard is that it makes your periods heavier (OFF the pill, I’m super heavy already). She also told me that the hormones from the Mirena stay in your uterine area and don’t travel all over your body, so, LESS likely to affect my mood. I’ve had my Mirena for 4 days now, and I LOVE it! i’m looking forward to super light periods, and hopefully, I’ll be lucky and not have periods!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I not only switched to paragard but am a nurse practitioner who puts them in my patients, I typically have great results.  I love mine! I had cramps heavy periods for first 4 months and then back to normal. I give women who haven’t had babies a medicine called cytotec to soften anup open the cervix and it usually goes much easier. I took that medication myself and it wasn’t bad at all. Please make sure they check placement with an u/s 2-4 weeks after placement to make sure it staying in the right spot after the early cramps. Highly recommend. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@summershandy07:  I was also super moody with the pills & they killed any sex drive I had. I switched to paraguard & loved it! The insertion was a bit painful but I got waxed a few weeks ago & I think that was more painful, at least paraguard insertion was only like 2-5 minutes. I did have heavy cramping & heavy flows for the first 3-6 months (I was warned by mr dr. to stick it out that it gets much better), after that I went back to normal flow’s and not any real bad cramping at all. I used to have super heavy periods but after that adjustment period of a few months my flow was the same as it was when I was on the pill. I have not had children so I was a little concerned about expulsion but I’ve had it for 3-4 years now without issue and they say if it’s going to move it’s generally in that adjustment period. I highly recommend it to anyone- soo much easier than the pill & more effective considering the whole taking the pill at the same time daily thing….  The pain was a bit much, but it lasts 2-5 min and I 200% consider it worth it and would do it again if I had to in a heartbeat! My partner was able to feel the strings at first, but that’s because they keep it long in case anything happens. I just went back to the DR and they trimmed it right up for me!

Post # 8
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Yeah I did, and after 2 years I got rid of it and went back on the pill. Now I’m off the pill and doing FAM, but we’re also planning on TTC in a few months.

My experience with Paragard is that it made my periods VERY, VERY heavy, and gave me cramps. I felt pretty out-of-commission with PMS while on it, and couldn’t have sex while on my period because it looked like someone slaughtered a pig. (Normally, I have no problems with sex while menstruating.) I would just blow through tampons after a couple hours so I switched to the Diva Cup, but I got tired of emptying that after a while, too.

I also had a weird awareness of my uterus nearly all the time, which was just strange.

The insertion was fine for me, but the device shifted when I got home and sent me into terrible cramps/contractions for 6 hours, after which there was no pain.

Overall, I really WANTED to like it, but I didn’t.

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