(Closed) Possibly Switching BCPs. Recommendations?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 31
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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. 

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Post # 37
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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 # 39
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I got Mirena put in about 8 months ago. It was the best decision, and it was free with insurance. 

Post # 41
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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.

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