Post # 1
I have read every thread on the board about paraguard. Most of them are pretty old, and I wanted to see if anyone had info/stories to share. I have been using the NuvaRing for ten years with no issues, but I have no sex drive and I am tired of it! I think non hormonal is the way for me, so share your experience, please!
Post # 3
@MammaPants: I am about 6 months in with Paragard. Before that I used Nuvaring for ten years. Not that I didnt like Nuvaring, I just. wanted to be off hormones.
Insertion was not the most comfortable thing in the world, take aspirin before you go. But in reality no worse than any brazilian wwax I’ve ever gotten. The cramps afterward were pretty intense, but those went away after a coupel of weeks. For the first few months I had either mild cramping or intense cramping but last month I had almost nothing! I am just starting to spot now, so in a few days I’ll know what I’m dealing with. The flow though is crazy– it looks liek your are bleeding out. But you arent, you’ll probably just be tired…eat food with extra iron in case. Great decision, I love mine!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
I’ve got the paraguard. I went with it as hormones were not working for me either. I think it’s a pretty good option.
To be honest, get it inserted is not pleasant. If you’re nervous about it, take a whole day off and ask them to prescribe something that will help you relax (they did this for me). It made it a lot easier.
As described in the leaflet, it does make your period cramps slightly worse. I also find that it makes my periods happen a bit differently. They last a bit longer ( a full seven days now) and start off lighter and get heavier in the middle. Also, my worse cramps are at night now, and they used to be first thing in the morning. I have no idea why this should be.
The other thing I was worried about before I got it was the strings. Here comes some TMI stuff: They are actually quite fine and soft and bendy and my husband has never felt them during sex, phew. Just make sure they don’t cut them too short so they are easy to check. Also, be aware that they can get pushed up a bit. I once panicked that the IUD was out of place a bit when I couldn’t find them, but there were their, just pushed up.
I also like this option as we are hoping to try for a baby this year and your fertility is supposed to be instantly restored as soon as the paraguard is removed.
Hope this helps.
Post # 5
I had my copper taken out in August to TTC, but while I had it I freakin loved it. I had NO issues with it whatsoever. No, insertion of any IUD is not comfortable, but it lasted a mili second, followed by a day or two of light spotting and cramping and then it was like it wasn’t even there. People who did have issues with the copper IUD are few and far between. MOST people handle it completely fine.
I know people say your periods are MUCH worse on the copper, and I guess in some regards they may have been. I found that my cramps would come on faster out of the blue and be strong and then leave, rather than spend days sitting around. If I knew they were coming and ramping up and took some ibuprofen then they wouldn’t bother me. Yes my periods were heavier but only for about two days and then they lightened back up.
If you get one, I would recommend tracking your period just so you know when it’s coming. I used the My Period Tracker app, it’s very simple, and it helped me pinpoint why i was having certain symptoms, and wether I was moody because of PMS or otherwise. I also learned a lot about my cycle in general. It’s nice to have the tracker since you don’t have any type of pill or hormonal cycle you pay attention to.
You should not hesitate to get one IMO!
Post # 6
@AnotherMrsBrown: I also like this option as we are hoping to try for a baby this year and your fertility is supposed to be instantly restored as soon as the paraguard is removed.
I got pregnant a month or so later on the first shot so yup it shouldn’t affect it!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I agree with all of this! OP, I recommend taking 4 ibuprofen before insertion – it HURTS. But only for a few seconds. My flow is definitely heavier and I get somewhat worse cramps than before (but still not bad), but I am a huge fan. No hormones, nothing to remember, and it’s good for 10 years!
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
@MsJ2theZ: That’s good to know! Congrats btw!
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Post # 10
@1stRosie: This is exactly my reasoning.
Glad to see positives. From what I have read there are very few unhappy campers! I am really excited to not have my life run by hormones. I feel like a zombie most of the month and a really irritable zombie the week before my period. Excited to be regular irritable self! Lol.
Post # 11
@MammaPants: Yup that was why I chose the paraguard. I would have liked to not have a period with the Mirena, but I wans’t about to pay out of pocket (it was covered but I have a high ded plan) just to find out I couldn’t handle the little bit of hormones in that either. The no hormones was just kind of a relief, to know if I felt cranky it was my own damn fault!
Post # 12
@MsJ2theZ: I have seen a lot of Mirena stories that made me nervous. Hair loss and weird illnesses are not on my short list of things I want. Yikes! I stopped birth control for two cycles when we tried for a second baby and I felt amazing!!! I am excited to see what life is like without it!
Post # 13
I’ve had mine for 5 months and I love it! I didn’t have any change in my period at all since I’ve had it. I took a couple ibuprofen before my appointment and was fine after. I check it once a month, right after I’ve had my period to make sure it’s still in place and that’s it! I would recommend it.
Post # 14
I have one and LOVE it, I agree that the insertion pretty much sucks but its quick if that helps!!! Cramps are bad for the first month but after that I haven’t had any issues at all! I was taking the pill before I got the implant and I just wanted something that didn’t mess with my hormones, so the copper IUD was the way to go! It also lowers your risk of certain cancers which is awesome!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
my doctor advised against the copper T IUD for me because 1: I get very bad cramps, and 2: I have never had a baby before.
well, I went against her recommendations and boy did I regret it. I bled so much, and my periods were like 2 weeks long, and the cramps were like 10x worse than they ever had been before. for example, I would be on a day nowhere near my peroid, and I would sometimes get hit with such a bad cramp I would have to sit down. even if it meant sitting on the sidewalk in the rain. that’s how bad it was.
on the other hand, I’m on my second mirena, and it is worlds different. the first few days/weeks/months with it in were not nearly as bad as the copper T. after a few months went by I had 100% adjusted to it. I have not had a period in about 8 years, and my cramps are extremely rare and super light. I don’t even take ibuprofen when I get them, and they tend to only last about 5 minutes.
the mirena has a better success rate than you might think. don’t make your medical decisions based on anectodal stories on the internet, ask your doctor for real, actual statistics. when people have had a bad experience with a medication, they tend to flood to the internet to “let the world know”, wheras people who have good experiences don’t feel so compelled to tell their story.
Post # 16
@MammaPants: I used the NuvaRing for 2 years and I loved it, I had no issues with it. I had to switch to the copper IUD since I was put on migraine medication, and hormonal birth control wouldn’t work with it.
The insertion procedure was a bit painful; I would recommend taking ibuprofen before your appointment. You may have cramps for the rest of the day.
My periods were a day longer and I had a bit more cramping; they were exactly how they used to be before I used the NuvaRing. So I was back to normal I guess.
I had no issues with it, I never felt it, it didn’t affect my sex life, and I DH never felt the string, and if he did he never mentioned.
I just had it removed when we decided to TTC, and I barely felt anything when it was taken out.