Post # 1
Is anyone using/has anyone used the Paragard? I liked it because there are no hormones. I had a really terrible experience with the pill, and I can deal with spotting for a few months (which is a common side effect of Paragard).
I’m getting it in June, and I want to hear thoughts 🙂
Post # 3
I want to get one. I have to find a doctor here that will do it though.
Post # 4
I have one. I don’t recommend it if you are starting out with heavy periods or cramping because it definitely takes what you had before and amplifies it. (Ridiculous amounts for me.) Also, don’t be afraid to eat lots of ibuprofen at the first sign of cramping for the first few months at least. If you wait until they get back it’s no fun at all. That said, I love mine and will be keeping it in until we decide to go for kids in 4 years or so. 🙂 (I’ve had mine for 2 years or so.)
MissAsB – check out Planned Parenthood. The county clinic in Cheyenne wouldn’t do mine since I haven’t had kids but PP was super simple.
Post # 5
@caitlanc: Thanks for the suggestion, just unfortunate that the nearest one is 4 hours round trip.
Post # 6
I had the Paraguard for almost a year and just switched this week to the Mirena. As Caitlanc mentioned, the heavy periods and cramping can be quite troublesome. I decided to switch to Mirena because while I love the idea of being totally hormone-free, the heavy periods got to be too much for me. It caused me to need to keep an eye on things about every hour or two for the two heaviest days of my period, and I ended up needing to use both a tampon and a pad in order to be sure I was “well protected.” It became stressful. For me, the cramping was significantly worse than pre-Paraguard, but not in anyway detrimental to my life, so it was only the heavy periods that made it not ideal for me. Nonetheless, I totally recommend that others try it out. If the hormones in the Mirena end up being too strong for me, I’ll definitely switch back to the Paraguard and just deal with the heaviness of the periods. Feeling hormone-free, yet still protected from pregnancy is really very cool! Good luck!
Post # 7
I have a Paraguard, and now that it’s settled in, I love it! Be warned, however, the adjustment process for me was NO FUN at all, though. I had bad cramps as a teenager, but by the time I got my Paraguard put in 2 years ago, I didn’t think anything of the warning since I hadn’t had anything but light cramps in 10 years. Boy was I wrong. I popped Ibuprofen like candy for the first 6 months, and had 8-9 day periods every month. After about 10 months, though, the cramps were better, and my period was only 6-7 days. After two years, I rarely have cramps and my period is 5-6 days, which is what it was before. Honestly, I love it now, but I don’t know if I’d get another one… I might go with the Mirena after kids, just because the combo of a super heavy flow, and massive, painful cramps was too much for me.
Post # 8
I’ve had it. If you are allergic to any metals please get the Mirena. I had super allergic reaction and it wasn’t fun.
Post # 9
@Inkypoo – Oh no! That sounds awful! I didn’t even think of that. My ears will get kind of sensitive with some earrings but fortunately copper is apparently not something I’m allergic to. I can’t even imagine how terrible that would be!
Post # 10
I had one. I loved that there were no hormones and nothing to take ( I was NUTS on pills). Insertion wasn’t bad, but the cramps afterward sucked. My period came earlier than expected one month and it was only a little heaver than normal overall. Unfortunately, mine expelled last month. Phooey. Other than that, it was great.
Post # 11
I have paraguard, and I like it. It’s reliable, economic and hormone free. I might be kind of weird for it, but I’m glad to have my natural cycle/period back after being on the pill for so long. I got it inserted about 8 months ago. The insertion was rather uncomfortable/crampy. The first month I got a lot spotting, but thankfully that stopped.
My cramps are definitely worse than I remember them being before I went on the pill when I was 19. My flow is also heavier than I remember it being when I was a a teenager. The heavier flow was really annoying to deal with at first, but after I started to consistently remember that I needed to bring a few extra tampons if I was going to be out and about, I adjusted :). I had just gotten so used to my short and practically non-existent period on the pill!
Although the heavier and more painful period is hardly ideal, for me it’s better than 1) being pregnant or 2) being on hormonal birth control. I did not react well to the pill, and I’m so glad I finally made the decision to break away from it. Since going off the pill, my libido came back, I lost weight, I gain lean muscle more easily from working out, I feel healthier mentally, and strangely, my skin completely cleared up. I know the hormones in the pill are suposed to help prevent acne, but I think they just made me kind of crazy and overly susceptable to stress so I would just break out way more than I otherwise would have.