(Closed) Para guard IUD experiences….

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had one in place for just over a year.  It wasn’t for me.  The insertion was horrendously painful but fast.  Cramps afterwards were tolerable but much worse than my typical menstrual cramps.  I spotted for a few weeks afterwards.

Periods became VERY heavy and crampy.  The cramps I could deal with, but changing a super plus tampon every 45 mins was not something I was prepared to put up with.  Also, intercourse was more uncomfortable, often painful.

So after trying for a year to see if things would settle down, I had it removed.  The removal was easy, painless and fast.  

I have many friends that have loved the Paraguard, so I don’t know if my experience was typical or not.  The Ob-Gyn that put mine in told me that my periods *may* get heavier but not necessarily. Yeah, right.  Pffft.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had it inserted at the beginning of September.  Insertion wasn’t too bad, but I forgot to take more pain meds before I went to bed and woke up with cramps so bad I threw up.  Don’t do that!  Once I took more pain meds everything was fine, but that was the most pain I’ve ever experienced.  After a few days all the pain was gone.  I spotted for a week after my IUD was inserted, but that was it.

The cramps during my period aren’t horrible, but the periods are definitely heavier than what they were when I was on the pill.  My periods still aren’t on a normal cycle, but it’s been less than three months, so that’s expected.  Sex was a little weird at first, but everything’s back to normal now.

Thus far I would definitely recommend it.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I have had the Mirena IUD for 4 1/2 years and I plan to continue using it after the 5 year removal. The insertion process was painful and I had cramping for about a week, but after that my periods lightened up a lot to the point where I only have it every other month. A little crazy, but I am used to it now. I did not experience weight gain, although I had a low sex drive for the first few months. I am noticing an increase in periods and sex drive now that I am in my last few months of the IUDs effectiveness.

I figure every birth control method has a downside. Sure Mirena or other IUDs are not for everyone, but I would probably be pregnant if I did not use Mirena. I had a terrible time remembering to take the pill on a daily basis, the patch always peeled off or got really gross and the nuva ring was ok, but I would sometimes forget to change it every month.

So I have tried a variety of birth control methods (with the exception of the depo shot) and I highly recommend IUDs, from my personal experience.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have a Nova T which is the Canadian equivalent, a bit smaller though and it comes in a couple different sizes (smaller for women who have not had children, larger for those who have). I love it. I will never go back to hormonal birth control unless medically necessary, and if I were not using IUD I would get my tubes tied. I feel no need to do that though as the IUD is so great.

Insertion sucked, both times. Removal hurt too, but it was quick. However, it only hurt during actual insertion (I have been told I have a stubborn cervix, ha ha). Mild cramps after, but was able to go do a light weight workout same night and run next morning. I have been wearing it over 6 years so have had one change-over. I will get another one when this one is due to come out.

No cramping during periods. My periods are a bit heavier, but I also came off pill after 10 years at the same time (where I had 2 days of spotting every month) so that was not unexpected and they seemed to lighten up after a few months.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

mirena here….so far it’s ben 1 yr and i love it. before insertion i took some ibuprofen and when it got inserted no pain at all. normal period the following months, got it twice a couple of times in december and january but now i notice is getting very light. I recommend the mirena IUD.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went to get a copper IUD and my obgyn said “why do you want this get the Mirena”.  Less pain/cramping/spotting and lower risk of pregnancy.  I’ve had it now for several years and love it!!! No period, can’t feel it, its awesome.  I had trouble too, like @bmo88: all the other types of birth control suck!  Its a bit painful to get it in, and there aren’t really any studies relating it to female cancer or infertility so that freaks me out every once in a while.  I haven’t had kids yet.

If you have the choice, I’d recommend Mirena over Paraguard.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ll come back and say more later. . . I had one, was happy for a while, am now getting a smaller Canadian IUD next week. I’d like to share my story but it’s bedtime for me now! However, take a look at the Livejournal community IUD Divas –it’s really, really helpful and full of hundreds and hundreds of people’s experiences.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I have the copper IUD, I love it so much. Unlike most women who get the copper IUD, my periods are lighter, leave quicker and come like clock work. I don’t like hormones in my body (so I am completely against the Mirena) and is has been the best BC for me considering I don’t have to have to remember to take it, use a condom nor has any hormones or spermicide.

The insertion and removal were easy for me and I conceived within three months of removal. The only down side, my fiancé can feel the strings (they left nasty boo boos on his peter) so I had to get them cut really short. Will make removing a second time a bit more difficult but it is worth it to me. This IUD can last for 12 years, which is damn near semi-permanent birth control to me.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Oh, I just noticed I typed Nova T in mine above! Oops. I actually have a Flexi-T (the 300 version).  Not sure why I typed Nova T except it was on my mind at the time. The Nova T is another Canadian version, but they do not have a smaller/larger version like the Flexi-T.

Another benefit was the Flexi-T cost me $80….quite a deal for birth control that lasts five years! Insertion and everything was free cause, well, Canada. Too bad though my health care plan did not cover the IUD itself as well!

 

@armychica06:  yeah. I am regular on the IUD, but I was regular before it (pre-pill which obviously made me regular too!). The copper IUD should not interfere with regularity, so if you were regular before you still should be, if not you likely won’t be!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@RayKay:  I have heard horror stories or women not being regular or having a hard time conceiving after the Mirena. That said, my cycle was always regular pre-IUD (copper) but I did notice that when I had it removed the first time to TTC, my cycles were a bit longer and heavier. The IUD shortened my cycles and the warnings are very obvious when AF is coming.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@armychica06:  Well, that is because the Mirena has hormones though that change the uterine environment (a progestin hormone that thins uterine lining, thickens cervical mucous, but it does not stop ovulation so one still ovulates). For many the “perk” of Mirena is that for some women, their period stops entirely after some time (or they may have spotting instead of periods). Like any hormonal birth control, it can take some time coming off of it to go back to what is regular for you (thinned lining won’t support implantatiin for example, so it can take some time for periods to become regular again/uterine lining to start “building” each month again). 

The copper IUD does not so does not interfere this way since it does not have hormones. The copper actually immobilizes sperm and makes the lining inhospitable for implantation (without it thinning, indeed most some have a thickening instead). This is a big reason for why I myself take it. I do not want hormones or interference with my own natural cycles or body processes.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It seems everybody has such different experiences with their IUD.  I think it completely depends on the person and their body.

I have the cooper IUD.  Insertion was extremely painful for me.  On a scale of 1 to 10, it was 10.  A solid 10.  

The first couple of months were bad.  My period was extremely heavy, and my cramping was uncomfortable.  I have had it for 6 months now, and I am extremely happy.  My period comes like clock work, it’s not as heavy, and most importantly I don’t get migraines anymore from all the hormones in my body.

We plan to start TTC in the next year…and to be honest I DREAD the removal.  This time I will be prepared by taking about as high of a pain killer I can without a prescription!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

OK, I’m back!

So, I had the Paragard for about 2 years. Insertion HURT but not for a very long time, and I had a lot of cramps the first couple months, but they decreased steadily each month, so I knew things were improving. My periods became shorter, lighter, and less crampy than they had been before, which was GREAT and a big surprise. It’s not supposed to do that, but I guess the same thing happened at ArmyChica– interesting.

I was all set to have it for 10 years, but I think it shifted slightly at some point last winter, and I started feeling it poking the inside of my cervix with every menstrual cramp, or sometimes during sex, or when I coughed or sneezed. I’d also had a lot of yeast infections, probably because my body chemistry doesn’t like lots of male. . .umm. . . excretions in certain places unless I make sure I acidify with diluted vinegar or something. I’d also been feeling tired and run-down, though I believe this was caused mostly by several years of utterly uninspiring and low-paying jobs weighing on me. Then, I got a HORRIBLE UTI, which was cured with antibiotics, but some of the pain of the UTI remained for a long time. I was afraid the IUD was irritating everything down there, making it more prone to infection, and I was concerned that I had cysts, and that the IUD was out of place. So I went and got an ultrasound; everything was fine, the IUD was where it should have been. But I got it pulled because I was sick of feeling off.

After several months of experimenting with many other forms of birth control, I’ve come to the conclusion that the copper IUD is, in fact, the best one for me. But, I think the pain issue from the IUD poking my cervix was caused by the fact that my uterus is 6 cm long, the smallest size the Paragard fits into– so the IUD may have been a little large. 

I’m going to Montreal tomorrow to a clinic I found, to get the Canadian Flexi-T 300, which is the smallest IUD commonly available in North America. I wish it was available in the US, but I’m happy to drive a couple hours for long-lasting birth control. I am a little concerned that the fatigue I had with the Paragard was because of the copper, and that I’ll get it again with the Flexi-T, but since it is smaller and more likely to fit me, I’m willing to put up with slight side effects for non-hormonal and non-condom birth control.

Overall, I would recommend the Paragard. Many people with uteri on the smaller end of what it fits into are fine; a minority, like me, have issues. It sure is better than fake hormones, I think!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i had the copper because i hate hormones. insertion was like a cramp times one million, but just for one second. only very minor cramping after. my periods were heavier and had more cramping, but nothing crazy. i use a divacup which i believe holds much more than a super plus tampon. cramps were mild, and only occasionally required advil. if i ever need bc again, i wouldnt hesitate to use paragard again.

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