Post # 1
There’s two options of IUD. One with hormones… one without?
Which one do you have? Why do you love it or hate it? Any special advice?
I think I’d rather have the one without hormones (I was super sensitive to the pill and had EVERY side effect) BUT the idea of not having my cycle is tempting.
Post # 3
I love my IUD more than you can imagine. A thread like this is started several times a week. Did you search?
Post # 4
I love love love my hormonal IUD. I’m on my second one – I’ve been using them since 2005. Best birth control I’ve ever been on.
You may not have the same effects with an IUD that you had with the pill. The hormones are different, and are localized to your uterus. It’s different for everyone of course, but I had no negative effects. And I haven’t had a period in about 7 years. Freaking amazing.
Post # 5
I have had both. I had Mirena first. I loved it at first, no period!! But gained a lot of weight, tired all the time and no sex drive. Last year, I switched to ParaGuard. I have more energy in more ways than one. But on the negitive side, my period sometimes goes on for it feels like 3 weeks!!
Post # 6
I have Mirena (with hormones) and love it. I’ve had no problems and barely have a period. Insertion was painful for about a second but other than that I would never know I had it. it was paid for by insurance which was also a plus.
You probably want to speak with your doctor. I want to think the hormones in the Mirena don’t enter your bloodstream like in BC pills. I think they act on your uterine wall only but I could be wrong.
Post # 7
I too have Mirena (with hormones) and love it. I have had it for almost 4 years and when my 5 years are up, I plan on replacing it with another Mirena IUD. I agree insertion was painful and there was some concern about my body rejecting it because I hadn’t had children yet, but that was 4 years ago and my understanding that this is not really a concern any more.
I barely have periods and rarely have any physical pain from him (only minor cramping at times around the few periods I do have). I also did not gain weight which was nice.
Post # 8
@bmo88: I like how you ascribe a gender to your IUD… “him” haha.
I have one also, and my doctor recommended I use mirena because my period is heavy to begin with, and she did not want to make it worse with the copper, as it’s prone to do. So I’ve had my mirena in for….oh…. I guess 4 months now, and it’s going well. The first couple of months were obnoxious because of the cramping (normal) but they’ve tapered off now, and I barely remember it’s there… unless I’m constipated. That’s more impetus to drink lots of water!!! Doctor said to watch out for that too, since I’m prone to getting backed up, and the uterus sits so closely to the line of fire.