Post # 1
I am cosidering getting an IUD. I have been off hormonal birth control for almost 3 years now and would prefer to be hormone free. I am not sure how progesterone will affect me. I would love to hear everyone’s stories with their IUD.
Post # 3
I switched from the pill (which made me a freaking nut case!) to Mirena in November of last year and I love it. I know there are a lot of horror stories about it, but everyone I’ve met in person that has it hasn’t had issues.
On the pill I had such bad mood swings. As soon as I switched to the IUD, they went away and I got a little extra boobage, can’t complain! The insertion wasn’t bad, some light cramping and spotting for about a week. I love that I don’t have to remember a pill everyday.
So far, so good!
Post # 4
I have Mirena and have never been pregnant. The insertion was terrible for me and I spotted for a month. After that it was smooth sailing. I love it. The pill made me super moody and I’m not so bad anymore. Some people blame it for weight gain but with calorie counting and exercise, I lost 20 lbs within a year of getting it but probably not due to it. I would recommend it and would get it again but once the five years is up, I plan on TTC. I’ve had it for two years now.
Post # 5
Thank you ladies! Yay, two positive reviews on Mirena. I have heard so many negative things about Mirena, it scares me to get it. I would much prefer Paragard since it is hormone free but am not sure I could handle the heavy bleeding and bad cramps that go along with it.
Post # 6
I was on the pill, the patch, the pill, then muvaring. All made me crazy, I still got pregnant. I got Mirena about 6 months ago and OMG best decision ever (BC wise!)!!!! It did NOT HURT at insertion. Its been a little whacky acclimating to it (constant period at first for a few months- that has now CEASED) and a little odor. But after time passed, its all back to normal and I do not get periods. I don’t have to take pills. I am so happy with Mirena!
Post # 7
@has31: I was on the pill for five years before I switched to Paragard. I had it installed last September and love it so far! The insertion wasn’t too bad – minor cramps that tylenol took care of. I’ve never had children. I forgot to take pain reliever before I went to bed, though, and ended up in terrible pain. I don’t recommend doing that. Nine months later my periods are predictable to the hour. I have some cramps and a heavy flow; prior to this I never had cramps, but I always had a heavier flow. I’ve been suffering from some acne, but I’ve had issues with this before. Things seem to be getting better as time goes by, so I’m hoping it’ll clear up within the year.
If you have any other questions let me know. I really love my IUD, and I’m so happy to be hormone free!
Post # 8
I had the Paraguard for about a year. My hormonal BC made me crazy and I put on a ton of weight (ugh, depo), and I really wanted to get my hormones stabilized prior to TTC with FI. Insertion was painful, but I’ve never had kids and my doc said that’s why it hurt so much. I had spotting for the first month, and after that periods were regular with heavy cramping/bleeding.
I had to have it removed after about a year because I kept getting yeast infections. Literally couldn’t go more than 3 days without getting a new infection. Doc said that was a fairly rare reaction so it seems like I’m in the minority (also, didn’t have problems with them prior to IUD/after IUD). If those hadn’t been an issue I would definitely have kept the IUD. It’s a really fabulous option!