Post # 31
I know you may be allergic to the Paragard, but wanted to offer my experience in case anyone else is curious, or if you have any other options for non-hormonal IUDs.
I’ve had the Paragard for 3 years now and I love it. I’ve never had kids or been pregnant. I love that there’s no hormones in me! My periods are heavier than they were before I got it, BUT I had been on hormonal birth control for like 8 years before the Paragard, so those weren’t my actual periods. I don’t remember what my non-hormonal periods were like before I started, and I doubt there’s much difference.
Insertion is not fun. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s painful. I got mine at the end of the day, went home and took a nap. After the nap I felt perfectly fine. I wouldn’t suggest getting it and then going back to work or something.
The Paragard lasts for up to 10 years, but I’m sure I’ll take it out before then to have kids. Once I’m done with kids, I’ll get another one right away. It’s so nice to not have to remember pills or anything! I suggest IUDs to everyone!
Post # 32
I have the Skyla IUD and so far my experience has been mixed….I LOVE not having to take a pill, and that it is such a low dose of hormones. But it’s been about 6 months and I still haven’t gotten completely used to it. My PMS has completely changed and it involves more cramps and increased anxiety. My period was heavier at first but has since started to get lighter. Since my IUD has the lowest amount of hormone they may never go away completely like it can with the Mirena. I’m OK with that though. I kind of like that monthly reassurance…
Insertion was pretty painful and I was crampy on and off for about a week, with the worst of it being the afternoon that they put it in. It wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t super debilitating either. I just kept a heating pad nearby. Don’t let the prospect of the actual insertion deter you!
Overall, I am happy with my decision to get an IUD, I’m just still hoping that there might be some changes ahead. My headaches aren’t hormonal so BC didn’t change them, and I didn’t notice a change in my sex drive. It didn’t decrease it, but I don’t think it increased it either. I have noticed a bit of weight gain, and I feel bloated all the time. However, I don’t know if that’s the fault of the IUD. I certainly have plateaued in my weight loss, despite my increased exercise regimen. Again, I don’t know if there’s something else going on. Oh, and insurance covered everything. I paid a $20 copay for the office visit and that was it.
Post # 33
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
I used Desogen for over a decade with no side effects. Most often I was on the generic too.
Post # 34
s2bmrscook: I’m curious – if you are 100% CBC (which you indicated, if I am not mistaken?) – why not have your tubes done and/or a vasectomy for your husband?
Obviously it wouldn’t help you with headaches/moodiness. But it is a long-term, non-hormonal solution…
Truly just curious.
Post # 35
codysgirl16: We are actively seeking vasectomy for my husband. We found a doctor that will do it, just waiting for him to give us a price (he’s my boss lol). He’s not comfortable doing a tubal on me.
I would still use some form of birth control to assist with severe irritability and moodiness associated with my periods.
Post # 36
Update: I had my appointment today. I went to a new doctor this time and I LOVED him! He actually listened to me and took my opinions into consideration I had a whole list of questions and he answered every single question. We talked about IUDs, but (TMI) he thinks my cervix and uterus are too small to get it placed properly. He said he could try, but it would only be about a 50/50 chance that it would be successful.
We decided to stick with pills but he did put me on a new one, Nordette. I am supposed to finish my current pack and then start the new pills next month. He thinks it will definitely help with my moodiness during my period. We’re going to try 2 months of the new pills and if I’m still having mood issues during my period, he’ll have me take a low-dose antidepressant just during the week of my period.
I am SO HAPPY that he actually listened to me and he worked with me to find a pill that will fit my needs. I appreciate everyone’s input! Thanks for all of your help, ladies!
Post # 37
I know it’s not on your list but -the only BCP that I haven’t had horrible reactions to is Sprintec, which I’ve been on for a little over a year. My doc randomly put me on Alyacen and it was so very bad. I’m on the pill for lessening cramps, nausea, and being unable to function for over a week of each month. I think with my previous insurance, it cost $30 for a 3 month supply, and with my new(er) insurance, it’s free after I pay a certain amount per year out of pocket. I recommend trying Sprintec to all my girl friends when they’re looking for something that’s lighter on the body but still works like it should, lol.
Post # 38
gillykat824: I’ll keep that in mind if the Nordette doesn’t work out!! Thanks 🙂
Post # 39
s2bmrscook: I used to be on nordette until my insurance company totally switched my pills with no notice. I never had a problem or any side effects. My cramps went away, skin cleared, and no weight gain.
Post # 40
I got Mirena put in about 8 months ago. It was the best decision, and it was free with insurance.
Post # 41
s2bmrscook: Natazia hasn’t made me gain weight, has cleared up my acne, has not affected my sex life, and I am on anti-depressants so I can’t speak for the other part.
I have a Paragard IUD as my primary birth control, but use BCPs to help reduce my risk of developing another ovarian cyst. It’s working out great so far, and I hated BCPs after I tried Ortho Tricyclin Lo years ago.
Post # 42
JazzyGirl85: I’m glad you had a positive experience! I start my first pack of Nordette (or whatever generic it is) week after next.
CammyMo: My doctor told me my cervix is too small for an IUD 🙁
futuremrschristensen: My doctor told me that if I still get awful mood swings on the new pills, he would do a low-dose antidepressant once a month during the week of my period to help 🙂