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ParaGard vs Mirena: Which IUD is best for you?

Bedsider wants to help you decide.

by Sara Kennedy, MD, MPH

Here’s a secret you may not know about doctors: female doctors use IUDs 2-5 times more often than women who aren’t doctors. Maybe it’s because doctors know the intrauterine device (IUD) is safe, low-maintenance, and super-effective.

There are two* different types of intrauterine devices (IUDs): Mirena and ParaGard. You may have heard about these two options in the media, but, fancy TV commercials aside, what’s the difference between them and is one of them right for you?

They’re different in some important ways:

Mirena

  • A Mirena prevents pregnancy by releasing a very small amount of a hormone called progesterone each day. This progesterone acts locally in the uterus to prevent pregnancy, instead of going throughout your whole body, the way the pill or some other hormonal methods do. The Mirena also contains no estrogen, so it has fewer hormonal side effects than a typical Pill.
  • Many women who start using the Mirena IUD have irregular bleeding for 3-6 months. This bleeding is usually more like spotting—light and not painful. But you may not be able to predict your periods for the first several months, so wear black underwear!
  • The good news about the Mirena? Once you get through the first 6 months, your periods usually stop altogether or are regular, light, short and not painful. If not having a period every month would make you sick to your stomach worrying that you’re pregnant, you might prefer a ParaGard.

ParaGard

  • Most women who use ParaGard have heavier, longer, or crampier periods, especially for the first few months. After 6 months, many women’s periods return to normal. If you already have really heavy or uncomfortable periods, or you are anemic (too little iron in your blood), you might prefer a Mirena.
  • A ParaGard prevents pregnancy thanks to a tiny copper filament wrapped around the T. ParaGard contains no hormones of any kind—it’s the only super-effective non-hormonal birth control method around.

Still, the two IUDs have a lot in common:

  • They work. Really, really well. Both IUDs are ranked among the most effective birth control methods you could use, up there with having your tubes tied.
  • They’re safe. Pretty much anyone who wants to prevent pregnancy for a year or more could use an IUD. Editor's note: We should say more explicitly that "pretty much anyone" DOES include women who have never had a baby. Our article IUDs are A-OK will tell you more about how IUDs are safe for most women—whether they've had a baby or not.
  • They’re small. They’re both shaped like a T, and the T itself is about as thick as a tampon string. The whole thing is smaller than an iPod Shuffle.
  • They are affordable. IUDs are covered by many insurers, and you may be able to get a free IUD if you go to a family planning clinic. If you have to pay for an IUD up-front, it can seem expensive. But if you use it for at least a year, it is actually cheaper than most other forms of birth control, and definitely cheaper than having a baby! A clinic may be able to help you pay for an IUD in installments.
  • They are easy to start using. You can usually have the IUD inserted at your first visit to your doctor. Having an IUD inserted feels similar to having a Pap smear, and takes about 60 seconds total.
  • An IUD works for a long time, but you can stop using it any time you like. The Mirena (with progesterone) lasts for up to 5 years. The ParaGard (with copper) lasts for up to 12 years.* Whenever you decide to have the IUD removed, you can get pregnant the next month.
  • They DON’T prevent sexually transmitted infections (just like the pill, patch, ring, and Depo). Condoms are still the only game in town if you want to prevent STIs.

The bottom line? Both methods are safe, effective, and easy to reverse. In a boxing match between ParaGard and Mirena, both would win.

Check out more about IUDs.

*Editor's note 1: Since we posted this article, a third IUD option that was designed with younger and/or childless women in mind has come onto the U.S. market. Allow us to introduce you to Skyla.

**Editor's Note 2: In fact, though the manufacturers of ParaGard say their product can be used for 10 years, studies show that the ParaGard can be used for up to 12 years; trusted health care providers like Planned Parenthood and our own medical advisors confirm this. The Mirena manufacturer says the product can be used for 5 years, but it’s approved in Europe for up to 7 years of use.

Sara Kennedy, MD, MPH, is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and a clinical fellow in Family Planning at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Originally from Pennsylvania, Sara has studied and lived around the world, including a residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and a master’s degree in Australia, where she met her husband! Sara is passionate about women's health, particularly helping women in vulnerable situations obtain the knowledge and resources they need in order to control their reproductive health.

Dr. Kennedy is a faculty member at UCSF. However, the views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Regents of the University of California, UCSF, UCSF Medical Center, or any entities or units thereof.

Thanks for very easy read article for patient education!

2011-07-06 17:28:40 UTC

Jennie Cheng

I just got my iud four days ago. I'm married and have two children. The night before I inserted two pills the doctor prescribed to soften my cervix.  The day of, I went to the doctor and it took about 5 minutes to insert.  It was uncomfortable, I could feel the tugging at my cervix. When I went home I had cramps for a couple of hours and felt grumpy.  The next day, I woke up, went to work, and felt like myself again. Keep in mind that if you are not in a monogamous relationship where you both have been tested for hiv and other stds, you will still need to use a condom!

2011-07-17 21:56:45 UTC

Fiasmybaby

I am 21 and I have never given birth. I had Mirena for over 6 months in 2009.  I wanted a highly effective method that could regulate my period.  I had it removed because my body never adjusted entirely.  I was annoyed with the spotting and the occasional cramping.  The cramps were terrible.  The device would cause bloating in my lower abdominal region which made me a nervous wreck, suspecting that I had conceived.  It was more stressful than helpful.  My Doctor tried to convince me to keep it in place, but I could not last another day.  She had examined my uterus for any abnormalities, and confirmed that the device was in the properly placed and that everything was normal.  (Even though I could feel the low tip of the "T" with the tip of my finger during a self check).      I just had ParaGard inserted yesterday.  It was uncomfortable and we had to wait for my cervix to open up all on its own but it was completed.  I took acetaminophen for the cramping which works better for me than any Nsaid pain reliever.  So far, when I did a self check in shower this morning, I felt nothing more the strings; no plastic protruding from cervix or anything!  Since yesterday night, I have had minimal bleeding, and no cramping as of yet.  I hope ParaGard proves to be the best method for my body for as long as possible and I wish any prospective user the best of luck with whichever you choose!

2011-09-20 22:49:19 UTC

Angel2u193

Great article! I'm currently pregnant with a planned baby right now, but am researching birth control for after so I don't get pregnant again right away! I will be asking my doctor about these IUDs. Any idea how soon after birth one can get an IUD implanted? I plan on breast feeding too.

2011-11-11 01:13:25 UTC

Getthebubbles

I used a diaphram all my reproductive life, but now I am past menopause I got a Mirena to treat thickening of the uterine lining.  No discomfort after the first few hours, and given that my body had to get rid of that extra lining, less spotting than I expected.  But what I wish you had covered in your article is whether the IUD works well for women who have never been pregnant.  My daughter is reluctant to consider it because she has heard it is not recommended for women who have not been pregnant.

2011-11-14 19:08:43 UTC

Pamela Mack

"Having an IUD inserted feels similar to having a Pap smear" Um, no.  Unless you are having some seriously uncomfortable Pap smears!  I had Mirena inserted 9 months ago (love it and agree with all of the good things people say!) but it was definitely much more painful than a Pap smear and I had serious cramps for about 36 hours after insertion.

2011-11-15 01:06:22 UTC

LilKP

Congrats on your pregnancy!  While you’re pregnant is a great time to start thinking about what type of birth control to use after the birth.  It is safe and effective to use either type of IUD in the postpartum period and while breastfeeding.  Typically, the IUD is placed at the 6 week postpartum visit, but some doctors do offer placement of the IUD immediately after vaginal delivery or at the time of cesarean section.  In medical jargon, this is known as “immediate post-partum placement.”  An IUD placed right after birth is a bit more likely to come out compared to an IUD inserted later, which is why most doctors insert them at the 6 week visit.  Either way, an IUD is a great method of birth control for a busy new mom!

2011-11-16 23:19:09 UTC

Sara Kennedy

I had an IUD put in a few years ago, and I've never been pregnant.  A friend of mine was having trouble finding a doctor to give her one after I highly recommended it, so she went to Planned Parenthood and they told her it was because of the out dated idea that some doctors held that IUDs were sometimes unsafe for women, and therefore wouldn't give them to women without children.

2011-11-25 03:27:32 UTC

Gwen Rogers

I'm 18 and got one a few weeks. It is NOT like a pap smear! It was rather painful for me. The process leading up to the real insertion is similar maybe, but the insertion is like a very intense menstrual cramp. But it's completely worth it. I haven't had a cramp or any bleeding since. So far it's completely side effect free, and it will make me baby free until I can finish school. I plan on getting another Mirena IUD after this one is up when I'm 23. And probably even another one after that. If it keeps up like this I'll probably using an IUD for life. Even after I decide to have kids I think I might want to use a hormone free one until menopause. But that's a ways away of course. My advice for younger girls is to try Planned Parenthood. They're progressive enough to not turn you away if you're young or haven't been pregnant. It's a liability issue not a medical one that makes some doctors say no. Thanks so much Bedsider!! Your articles about why they're appropriate for young girls as well as older women were the final push to switch from the pill. That and my insurance was going to be up soon, so I figured I should use it to get a free IUD. I also switch to reusable cloth menstrual panty liners which should last for as long as the IUD does because I was concerned about the potential random spotting that the IUD can cause. I haven't experienced that yet, but if I do I am set. I'm basically completely set for my feminine needs for five years now. If you really think about that, it's a pretty incredible relief. I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it. It's worth a shot, because if it works for you it's life changing.

2011-11-27 10:34:33 UTC

Linsey Parker

"Having an IUD inserted feels similar to having a Pap smear." What the heck kind of pap smears are you getting? I love my Mirena, believe me, it is the BEST thing I have ever done for my body, but don't mislead women into thinking it's going to be an easy-peasy procedure. Every woman is different. I, for example, have a tilted uterus. A very small, tilted uterus. And so getting my Mirena took two visits and was the most painful thing I have ever experienced. Ever. It seriously felt like being skewered. I was in agony for hours afterward.  Three months later, I am on cloud nine. My periods are light to non-existent, I don't get the debilitating cramps I used to have, and my moods are stable to the point where my friends want to be around me again. Seriously, Mirena is worth whatever discomfort you experience. I'd still do it again.

2011-12-09 23:48:36 UTC

Anna Hight

I got paragard after I had my second son! It is not like a pap smear!!! It was quite painful!! I had to get mine done twice bc I have a tilted uterus! The second time was done under ultrasound and it wasn't painful at all!! I've had my paragard for about 15 months now and I love it!! Still have periods every month, I do cramp more but nothing a pamprin can't take care of!!

2011-12-29 17:17:14 UTC

Smcbstanford

Yeh I am young and never had a kid and the Mirena was a nightmare to recover from (I was put to sleep).. OUCHHHH! My body was trying to reject it but I toughed it out. All in all I stopped bleeding completely within 2 months (from 3 years of persistent bleeding this is great). My mood problems are incredibly better. And I don't have to worry about bleeding everywhere I go or getting pregnant. What my concern is that the doctors never properly investigated my bleeding problems and now I have not bled whatsoever in 5 months. I have put on 4kg and cannot get rid of it no matter how much I exercise or eat well. My acne is worse then it was before :( and the most troubling- constant respiratory problems. so I am considering having it removed.

2012-01-07 00:47:04 UTC

Kimberley Bianca

what was the pill called that they prescribed you to soften your cervix?

2012-01-21 03:33:09 UTC

Samantha

your 6 week appointment after delivery is a perfect time to get one!  i have done it twice and it has worked great both times!

2012-01-26 07:08:52 UTC

Lindseywicklund

Wow, have to agree with everyone else it does not feel like a pap spear. I had the mirena in for about 9months before it got out of place and went into my uteran wall. Then I immediately got another one in for another 9 months or so. The positive effects were great! My period was light and it finally disappeared completely. It was great knowing I didnt have to worry about birth control on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Although I realized that when I was on Mirena I could not lose weight no matter how hard I tried. The 2 months after I had it removed I was able to lose 15lbs, i had gained 25lbs over the whole year and a half. Also when my period started again I bled through a tampon every 2 hours!!! The next period was a little better, I only bled through 3 tampons on the heaviest day.

2012-02-02 18:23:48 UTC

Heather

I got Mirena inserted a year ago. I love it, and it's been awesome with helping my periods and it's worry free, and it was no cost to me through Woman's Health. But it . I have  it's nothing like a pap smear. It caused sharp cramps while being inserted, and it was kinda tricky to get in there because I've never been pregnant or had a baby. Fortunately, it didn't last long, and I'd do it again. I probably will! And compared to Depo, this is heaven! I have SCD, and can't have estrogen , so my choices were limited, but this is the BEST option. No weight gain, mood swings, acne like with Depo either.

2012-02-03 07:11:57 UTC

Cami

yeah what is that pill? because i'm really considering doing this soon.

2012-02-07 05:33:33 UTC

Lauren

I want the paragard and i'm 19. How is it now, 4 months later? and did it hurt going in. I've heard alot about the Mirena and everyone says that hurts. i really hope the paragard hurt less.

2012-02-07 05:43:09 UTC

Lauren

I have had an IUD, Mirena, for 2 years now and we have a love hate relationship! I still have my period very regularly. I love that I am not pregnant, but hate that I CANNOT get rid of my extra baby weight :(  After an hour of running daily and clean diet without iud I always lose 15-20 lbs in 3 months with iud NOTHING!!!!

2012-02-16 04:31:39 UTC

grace

I got mine while I was in boot camp. My higher ups, including my doctors, said that the reason it's recommended that the woman have kids beforehand is because of the unbearable pain insertion can cause. I think it's something along the lines of a tight cervix? I can't remember exactly. Trying to remember from about two years ago. But anywho, I still don't have kids. It didn't hurt too outrageously bad when I got my Mirena. But I definitely had some of the worst cramps of my life. Bleeding stopped completely after about three months. Definitely worth the first 36-48 hours of pain.

2012-02-21 13:45:21 UTC

Rabalaskamate

when i got mine done they gave me cytotec

2012-02-24 22:11:35 UTC

guest

Comming from a woman who went the entire 5 years with the Mirena I ccan say that I have never used a more effective birth control; especially since i was on the pill when i conceived my first daughter andthe depo shot with my second daughter.  I am having my iud removed and was looking to see if anyone else has ever had one removed and another put in... i love my mirena and even though I love my kids I am not ready for any more and am too scared to try any other birth control methods.   

2012-03-19 16:29:43 UTC

Mandysg21

They are both going to feel the same once inserted.  The procedure is the same either way. I just had mine put it and it definitely hurt, but only for a few seconds. I had cramping for a few days after, but then it subsided. I got the Paragard and I do have worse cramping during my periods,  but it's totally worth. I LOVE not being on hormones. I do not do well on hormones of any kind. 

2012-03-20 01:20:31 UTC

Lindsey Kasch

I just had my first one removed and immediately had a second one inserted which was absolutely no problem. There's no gap where you're vulnerable to pregancy and I can continue my worry free (about pregancy at least) lifestyle. Having it removed was less uncomfortable than the insertion, all-together it took less than 2 minutes. Like many other posters here, I experienced some cramping the day of insertion (I went home and went to sleep in order to combat this. :) Though I realize not everyone has that luxury.) I started NuvaRing when I was 17, switched to mirena when I was 18 and got a new one at 23 (a little over 4 years in while I still had insurance.) I could not be any happier with the Mirena, I wish I had a bumper sticker saying so!

2012-03-23 21:49:46 UTC

Carol

I had the paraguard inserted three months after giving birth and it honestly did not hurt very much... probably becasue my poor cervix was already used to being stretched lol.

2012-03-31 19:38:56 UTC

Lizzy

I am 19 and looking for birth control im considering the IUD . Is it true that if you decide to have a baby you can have them take the IUD out and a month later you can become pregnant? i was on the depo for about 3 months and its been about 3 months now that ive been off of it do you guys think the depo with have any effect on the IUD ? 

2012-04-02 20:19:08 UTC

karlena Bryant

I just had my 2 Child 6 weeks ago and  a day ago I had the Paragard Copper put in and honestly felt a little pressure thats it! no dizziness/pain etc --- highly recommend it

2012-05-09 03:09:04 UTC

Iodinefire

does it affect the way you have sex because i have heard that it affects sex and sometimes hurts in certain sex positions?

2012-05-14 00:00:31 UTC

adrian

DONT GET IUDS!!!! the first year was fine. i had a heavier and crampier period but they told me to expect this... what they didnt tell me was there is a chance i may have a period everyday for like 6 months!!!! so they wanna give me birth control to regulate my period... WTF! so i gotta take another form of birth control? B.S.  so now i gotta deal with hormones anyway... now ive looked up iuds theyre actually pretty scary.... i dont know just wanted to warn you people that havent had them so long... i mean its been two years and im not pregnant... but me and my husband cant have sex with out the blood bath that comes with it... or the brown discharge that has ruined all my panties... OR, ALL THE MONEY I HAVE TO SPEND ON PADS AND TAMPONS EVERYDAY! i cant even wear pads cause they give me a rash and i dont wanna stick a tampon up there for the days that im not bleeding so heavy... *sigh* im just tired of bleeding... just do research on things before you get them... i do now! 

2012-05-29 02:15:54 UTC

Jen3362

No, that's probably a myth.  There are lots of those out there about IUDs.

2012-05-29 13:16:05 UTC

Lizzieocogan

IUDs are now recommended for women who have never been pregnant.   

2012-05-29 13:19:06 UTC

guest

Everyone posting about the pain, this is NOT painful IF you've had a baby, it is extremely painful if you have not!  I have several friends fitting both categories and all agree 100%. 

2012-05-29 16:47:56 UTC

RT

I had my ParaGard inserted on May 29 and it definentaly was not  as easy as a pap smear. It was not unbearable though. It wasn't like and "o my god that hurts! it was more of "Ahhh their is pain in my Vagina!" but it didn't take long at all I would say less time than a pap smear. Then afterwards I immediately started feeling crampy and then my back started hurting, so i went to bed early, and by the next morning I was fine. and the next day I was just tired.

2012-06-03 23:53:28 UTC

Katie Eubank

 WOW! Have you had a child before getting it? I was told by a close friend it was super painful. She has never had a child. And was told by another friend who received one after her second child the exact opposite. I personally got Mirena at my 6 week post pregnancy visit and I barely felt a thing. My Ob told me it really depends on whether you've had children and how soft your cervix is.

2012-06-04 02:05:09 UTC

Megggeiger

Totally agree. I had cramps for a few hours and needed my roommate to pick me up from the hospital since I couldn't make the half mile walk. After some ibuprofen, a heat pad, and a long nap I felt much better. Good as new by the next day!

2012-06-07 15:31:56 UTC

J.O.

I am currently on NuvaRing. I have been on NuvaRing for the past 4 years and the two reasons why I want to switch is 1) NuvaRaing tends to fall out during intercourse, and 2) I experience very bad vaginal dryness before and during intercourse. I am looking to switch to either Mirena or Paraguard and my biggest question is which one will help me gain my natural lubrication back and prevent my vaginal dryness. Any advice/opinion/comments would be greatly appreciated!

2012-06-08 16:09:16 UTC

Michelle

Maybe you should try a new workout. If all you do is run for one hour then your body is used to it, your body needs a challenge. If you swapped it for 30 minutes of circuit training (weights with a mixture of cardio) and 30 minutes of interval running you will lose the baby weight in no time.

2012-06-12 01:24:52 UTC

Danielle

during sex if the male is larger he male feel the strings poking him...they feel like fishing line if that helps.  But it shouldn't be painful for him.  If it is to much of a problem you can either go in and have the doctor trim the strings or you can just move them off to the side yourself with your finger.

2012-06-14 19:50:24 UTC

Missmaebelline

I am 45 years old and have never been pregnant. I have a tilted uterus. I was very nervous today when I went to get my ParaGard IUD. But it went fine---it was uncomfortable, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be! I'm now 6 hours post-insertion and have had no cramping; just a little bleeding immediately following insertion (take a pad with you). I took 2 tabs of Aleve 1 hour prior. The procedure was quick! *First the speculum is inserted into the vagina (just like a pap). *Next a betadine rinse. *Then my Dr. said "I'm going to stabilize your cervix." I had a cervical biopsy in the past, so I freaked a little when I heard this (biopsy was painful for me). But I didn't feel this at all. *Now the worst part for me: the doctor inserted an instrument called a sound into the uterus to measure its depth. I understand you need at least 6cm to accomodate an IUD. I wasn't sure mine would be 6cm since I've never been pregnant. When the doctor told the nurse "7" I knew I could get the IUD. A pretty severe cramp ran thru my abdomen during the measuring, but it lasted 15-20 seconds only and then subsided. I also felt very hot and thought I may break out into a sweat. My doctor gave me a minute and I was fine. *Next, the IUD was placed. Again, severe cramps for about 30 seconds. *The speculum was then removed and it was over! * I was immediately able to leave the office and drive home. No issues since. I would describe the procedure as uncomfortable, not painful. I would recommend it to friends who are considering an IUD. I chose the ParaGard because I was tired of hormones (took birth control pills for 25 years) and the acne and mood swings that came with them. I do not have a history of heavy periods or cramps, so I do wonder what my next period will be like. My doctor said to give it 3 months and if I don't like it, I can have it removed. I have to go back to the doctor in 2 weeks to check placement. In the mean time, I am to report severe cramping or fever. He told me he will check the IUD strings at my yearly exams; I do not have to worry about doing this. Hope my experience will help someone! 

2012-06-15 03:57:46 UTC

Social_red_head

I just had mine placed this week and it was torture. But yes still worth it

2012-06-15 20:15:57 UTC

Megan19brooks

I was wondering if you experienced weight gain?

2012-06-15 20:19:16 UTC

Megan19brooks

I have had my IUD (Paragard) for two years and two months now. Insertion was not painful, but then again my NP gave me the valuable tip to start ibuprofen every six hours from the day before and continue for two days after. The only problems I have is bloating and bleeding. My periods have gone from five days to seven and I spot for days in between. I get at best seven dry days a month. I have had it checked by an ob/gyn who told me that was normal (the spotting/bleeding). NP says the same thing and suggested bc pills, but I declined because the whole idea of getting the IUD was to avoid the pills. It kind of bothers me but I am wondering will switching to mirena stop the bleeding/spotting? coffee and strong black tea help a lot with the bloating. 

2012-06-21 13:39:19 UTC

Mojisola Adeyinka

How do you get it done 'under ultrasound', like what did they do to make it less painful?

2012-07-06 04:50:15 UTC

Sol

honestly, try a menstrual cup like the DivaCup. saves tons on tampons/pads since you only buy it once every 2-5 years. best purchase I ever made, I am not exaggerating

2012-07-10 17:35:24 UTC

thesh33p

Do NOT use cytotec! It is an extremely dangerous drug, not worth the risk to "soften your cervix"

2012-07-15 01:57:33 UTC

ChristinaC

I have very severe periods. I have heavy bleeding the first day or two then normal bleeding for about a week or so. I have only gotten lucky enough to have no cramps and spotting twice in my life. Don't ask me why because I have no idea. My cramps are usually bad enough that I have to stop whatever I do on my first day, sleep as a medicated lump all day with heating pads until it goes away. The days before and the rest of the time are unpleasant but bearable. My first day is almost always awful, usually I either want to throw up or do throw up due to the pain. I have also literally passed out twice before because the pain of cramps was that bad. I want kids, but I definitely want to adopt sometime in my late twenties. Mirena sounds like heaven!!! Has anyone with severe periods gotten Mirena? How have your periods been? Is it worth it???

2012-07-23 23:44:11 UTC

Sarah

I second you on the Divacup! I have never gone back! I have even told others, try it out and if you don't like it I will pay you the $30 it cost. Out of the 3 or so girls who have taken me up on it, none have asked me to ante up and they are all happy with it. Takes a few days to get used to, but you will not regret it!!

2012-07-25 02:51:59 UTC

Nicole

I just had the Mirena inserted about a week and a half ago. Pretty painful, but I understand that is due to the fact I've never given birth. Spotting has been light and easy to handle. The only problem I've had so far is that when I had sex a few days afterwards, there was a lot of bleeding. Enough to make me call my doctor. I was considering going in again to have it checked out, but I'm interested if anyone else has experienced this? And how long did it take for it to go away?

2012-08-13 19:34:46 UTC

belle87

I had one prior to having a baby and the insertion was PAINFUL and I was definitely sore and crampy for two days afterward. Then, I had one a few months after having my son and it was a breeze: really no worse than a pap!

2012-08-14 20:29:44 UTC

Julia

Yes! I responded to someone above with just this. I had a Mirena prior to having children and it hurt like HELL and I was crampy and sore for a good two days afterward. When I got the Mirena after giving birth, it was a total breeze!

2012-08-14 20:31:01 UTC

Julia

Any weight gain?

2012-08-21 01:37:20 UTC

lilangiie

ParaGard has no hormones, so should not interfere with any "natural" lubrication. Dryness is not listed as an official side effect of the Mirena, but a small proportion of women still report experiencing it with this type of IUD. Given that you've experienced dryness with the ring, if you want to be 100% sure of avoiding all hormonal effects, ParaGard might be the way to go.

2012-08-22 20:51:06 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

I have 2 kids both born through a c section. Not planning to have any more kids and so I am thinking of getting paragard next week - I'll be 4 months postpartum. Hormones had a terrible effect on me during pregnancy - I was so angry and unreasonable. I am afraid of getting anything with hormones again due to mood changes, weight gain, breastfeeding supply and blood pressure issues. I am just REALLY afraid of the pain of IUD insertion because I haven't had any vaginal births. I had light periods before, is the paragard going to make my period significantly heavier? I like that I don't need to worry about birth control for 10 years.

2012-08-25 06:56:05 UTC

megster

I have had the paraguard for about 9 months now, and I am now 6 weeks pregnant with IUD perfectly placed in position still! This is not good!

2012-09-21 23:35:53 UTC

Diane87

ok im considering a IUD but dont know which one. i was on orthotryclin lo for about 3 yrs or so and i had so many side effects i couldnt do it no more and i gained sooo much weight i wanted to die but my periods was a delightful (mind you my period before the pill was very very normal). then switched to lo loestrin and it was beautiful but my periods was very very very heavy and i had alot of discharge (sorry) that i never had before, so i had to get of, i was only on lo loestrin for 7 months, couldnt deal with the heavy periods and uncomfortable discharge, now i want to switch to a IUD but dont know if is the right way to go or which one to pick, any advice??

2012-09-24 23:10:22 UTC

jennjenn

I was in severe pain with the worst cramps of my life ( 22 yo, never had kids) immediately after until about two days later. I took 800 mg ibuprofen around the clock, used heat pads, kava tea, marathons of America's next top model and a really supportive boyfriend to get me through it. Mirena cramps=less pain and stress than being pregnant. Still have sharp occasional cramps in my lower abdomen but they last for seconds.

2012-10-04 18:31:11 UTC

Jmcc

Paragard is hormone free so there isn't any weight gain. With Mirena there is a chance of weight gain because it releases hormones.

2012-10-12 01:16:25 UTC

AriaDee

Had the paragard inserted. No pain. So fast that I couldn't believe it was over. I've had no side effects and I can't tell it's there. I'm so glad I did it.

2012-10-12 14:11:21 UTC

Becky

It's only dangerous if you are already pregnant. It is unlikely an IUD would be placed if you are pregnant.

2012-10-22 04:12:45 UTC

Neurogoddess

There's always the risk of rupturing your uterus. That's not something I'd risk for an IUD

2012-10-24 02:03:32 UTC

ChristinaC

I bled for a year straight and my doctors found nothing wrong it was heavy crampy horrible bleeding they put me on estrogen and progesterone for 3 months upping the dose typically found in BC it made everything worse for a month and by the end of the 3 months I was done... For about a year =\ it came back and I switched doctors because they said "we can't do anything" my new doctor did d and c and then a loop a few months later. 6 months later no cramps no pain no bleeding I am back to normal. Something to maybe look into. Good luck I know it's hell

2012-11-01 14:38:56 UTC

Lanie

Uhm yeah. I usually feel NOTHING during my Paps (and really you shouldn't have really any pain during them) but getting my Mirena (1 year ago) hurt like a mo-fo, for about 15-20sec (it felt like I had a cramp for 2 minutes and I kept telling the doctor, who is the best gyn in the world lol, "oh god it's not stoping, it's not going away" lol because it hurt soooo bad. But it really was like 20 sec.) Even if it had hurt for 1-2min like that I would still do it because labor is 6-24 hours and has to hurt worse and my and my husband want no kids for a while. The pain for me was fleeting and so worth it. I've never had a kid and I wish more women who haven't had kids would know this is an option! It's easy once it's in and super effective. I've heard getting it removed hurts about as bad as getting it in, maybe more, but c'est le vie.

2012-11-16 02:31:07 UTC

chicagomarie

I personally DO NOT recommend Mirena. I got the Mirena right after my 6 wk ck up. I was a size 5 i was working out 1-2hrs a day. Well 9 months into my Mirena experience I had to get it removed ASAP, I was 242lbs !!! i was emotional and felt disgusted with myself. I made me FAT, i did not change anything in my diet, or my workouts. I rather just stick to condoms than to take any type of birth control method ever again.

2012-11-21 05:20:04 UTC

Roxy

I'm really thinking about mirena or paraguard but my issue is cost and stress. I heard it is really expensive up front like $1000 I don't have that kind of money. I do have insurance but am I still going to have to pay? Also the stress. I think that if I don't have a period every month I am going to freak the heck out thinking I am pregnant. I'm probably going to be peeing on sticks every month to make sure lol those of you who have had it how do you get over that fear? Also I tried getting mirena once before, 6 weeks after I had my daughter tried to get it and the dr couldnt get it to go in. Was my doctor just an idiot?

2012-11-26 03:56:03 UTC

Angie

i have mirena right now but im planning to get it removed and get paragard instead...even the slight hormones in mirena are screwing with me. my hospitals dont allow paps until 21yo so i cant exactly say its like a pap since iv never had one but all my doc told me to do was cough and the mirena was in, no cramping no nothing, i was fine for a few months but now i feel like crap and thats the only thing i can think of

2012-12-11 06:07:12 UTC

♥The Red Butterfly♥

They can see where they are going with it so it attaches easier than them pushing and pulling trying to feel for it!

2012-12-28 02:52:21 UTC

Toni

Try planned parenthood. They can help with costs.

2013-02-06 08:22:12 UTC

lisa Cresswell

I am on round 2 of mirena. Never been pregnant. I even have a small cervex. It was worse the 1st time. Month long period and cramps. Then it all stopped. I used to get debilitating cramps. Not anymore. I had mine in just under 6 years. Just replaced it monday. This time just cramps day of. No period. I will be doing this again in 5-6 years!

2013-02-06 08:28:14 UTC

lisa Cresswell

I am 21 yrs old and my third child is 7 mo old. My husband and I may want children in 5+ yrs so I didn't want to get my tubes tied. I decided to get the Paragard and I had it inserted about 7 hours ago and I'm still cramping. My period started back up (it had stopped while I was sleeping) nd it was WAY worse than a pap!! I wanted to cry and the room was spinning for awhile. Now I just feel like I have menstrual cramps. But for the questions about whether it's only painful if you have not been pregnant..no lol I have three children under 3 yrs old and it was extremely painful. Definitely worth not getting pregnant though lol

2013-02-08 21:19:18 UTC

mommyof3

I am 21 yrs old and my third child is 7 mo old. My husband and I may want children in 5+ yrs so I didn't want to get my tubes tied. I decided to get the Paragard and I had it inserted about 7 hours ago and I'm still cramping. My period started back up (it had stopped while I was sleeping) nd it was WAY worse than a pap!! I wanted to cry and the room was spinning for awhile. Now I just feel like I have menstrual cramps. But for the questions about whether it's only painful if you have not been pregnant..no lol I have three children under 3 yrs old and it was extremely painful. Definitely worth not getting pregnant though lol

2013-02-08 21:19:18 UTC

mommyof3

Note that the IUD hurts like a mother. I play rugby. I know pain very well. And the IUD was the most pain I have ever been in. It did not hurt when I first had sex. I am not a skinny minny, I have hips. But I have not had a child, and it was the very end of my menstrual cycle so... Just be prepared for some pain, I am not sure why this article plays it down. Also when I have my period now it is super painful. Ever four months or so I have a day where I feel like I am having a miscarriage. It is worth it though because 99.9% plus condom of 99.6% is a better odd than just a condom. Be prepared to flex those lady muscles, reasons why the creator had us give birth to watermelons!!!

2013-03-06 14:29:12 UTC

Melissa Meswick

Thank you for keeping it real!!!

2013-03-06 14:29:54 UTC

Melissa Meswick

Bedsider.org - please have your facts checked about the pain associated with having an IUD placed. I am sure it is shown to be higher than being reported.

2013-03-06 14:31:47 UTC

Melissa Meswick

Note that the IUD hurts like a mother. I play rugby. I know pain very well. And the IUD was the most pain I have ever been in. It did not hurt when I first had sex. I am not a skinny minny, I have hips. But I have not had a child, and it was the very end of my menstrual cycle so... Just be prepared for some pain, I am not sure why this article plays it down. Also when I have my period now it is super painful. Ever four months or so I have a day where I feel like I am having a miscarriage. It is worth it though because 99.9% plus condom of 99.6% is a better odd than just a condom. Be prepared to flex those lady muscles, reasons why the creator had us give birth to watermelons!!!

2013-03-06 14:29:12 UTC

Melissa Meswick

Thank you for keeping it real!!!

2013-03-06 14:29:54 UTC

Melissa Meswick

Bedsider.org - please have your facts checked about the pain associated with having an IUD placed. I am sure it is shown to be higher than being reported.

2013-03-06 14:31:47 UTC

Melissa Meswick

HI! I Had the Mirana put in 4 months ago and I have been getting my periods every month, they are shorter and not as heavy but I have been spotting in between periods the entire time. I was told it takes 6-8 weeks of adjusting to your body and spotting but I just read it can take 3-6months. Has anyone else experienced spotting for this long? I dont want to take it out, but I dont want to spot forever. Thanks for your feedback.

2013-04-05 15:03:16 UTC

Amy

HI! I Had the Mirana put in 4 months ago and I have been getting my periods every month, they are shorter and not as heavy but I have been spotting in between periods the entire time. I was told it takes 6-8 weeks of adjusting to your body and spotting but I just read it can take 3-6months. Has anyone else experienced spotting for this long? I dont want to take it out, but I dont want to spot forever. Thanks for your feedback.

2013-04-05 15:03:16 UTC

Amy

HI! I Had the Mirana put in 4 months ago and I have been getting my periods every month, they are shorter and not as heavy but I have been spotting in between periods the entire time. I was told it takes 6-8 weeks of adjusting to your body and spotting but I just read it can take 3-6months. Has anyone else experienced spotting for this long? I dont want to take it out, but I dont want to spot forever. Thanks for your feedback.

2013-04-05 15:03:16 UTC

Amy

I just got in my paragard today I'm cramping like a mofo n It kinda feels like I shoved a tampon into my cervix lol not painful at all just very irritating .. Did u experience this ? Or anyone else? It's only been four hrs my bleeding is just spotting n I feel a million times better then I did on the pill but I'm also afraid to have sex now which I could kinda care less about at this point but iv heard some stories .. Is it painful the first time ? Or do strings pull ? It's worth it but I'd hate to go through it a second time lol oh god..

2013-04-08 18:28:41 UTC

Rae Lyn Terwilliger

I had a tilted uterus before pregnancies and it usually rights itself after pregnancy...just an FYI

2013-05-17 18:00:00 UTC

lan

I had a tilted uterus before pregnancies and it usually rights itself after pregnancy...just an FYI

2013-05-17 18:00:00 UTC

lan

Loved my Mirena IUD, even though I continued to have periods the entire duration it was inserted. Spoiler: no longer love Mirena. I became pregnant with this IUD inserted. It was promptly removed and caused me to miscarry. Cannot express the roller coaster of emotions, pain, and suffering my family and I have been through. Thank you, Mirena.

2013-05-25 09:24:17 UTC

Melissa Clark

Loved my Mirena IUD, even though I continued to have periods the entire duration it was inserted. Spoiler: no longer love Mirena. I became pregnant with this IUD inserted. It was promptly removed and caused me to miscarry. Cannot express the roller coaster of emotions, pain, and suffering my family and I have been through. Thank you, Mirena.

2013-05-25 09:24:17 UTC

Melissa Clark

I recently got the paragard iud. I've had it for a little over three months now, and I love it. I am posting this review because I was on birth control for over two years and gained about 35 lbs. I was completely unhappy, and knew I needed to get rid of the hormones. Well, I was talking with someone at work and they mentioned the paragard iud. I was skeptical and always research my options before getting into something. Almost every review I read was negative which is exactly why I am writing this review. I want to write this to show that not everyone has a negative experience with iuds, and many people do actually have good experiences. The only people that seem to write reviews are the ones who have had bad experiences. Like I said previously, I was on birth control for two years, gained approximately 35 lbs and was really unhappy. I decided that I was getting off of birth control, and going to use no other form of birth control besides condoms (which I knew was a bad idea) because I just needed to get away from the hormones in birth control. I talked with a lady at my work and she mentioned the paragard iud, which doesn't have hormones, so I looked into it because it seemed like my best option. I researched the iud, and was scared to death due to all of the negative reviews. I talked with some more people, and decided that it was better to try to get the iud and to make it so I had a lesser chance of getting pregnant. This may come as a surprise, but I am 18 years old. I have never had a child, and the paragard iud they like to give to people who have had children. I was very scared that I would have a lot of pain for the insertation. I was so scared I was in tears in the doctors office, so before the doctor did anything she explained a couple things to me. She told me that yes, the procedure can be painful and the reason is, the brain has never had to deal with the feelings you get from the insertation, and has no idea what to do with those feelings. She told me they were kind of like 'Oh Wow' moments. Needless to say, the doctor calmed me and made me feel better about the whole thing. The procedure started and the doctor measured how far back my cervix was, during this I oddly felt a pinch, but it was over quickly. Then they give you a shot to numb you a little but, and I will admit that hurt as well. Next they insert the iud, which once again there was some pinching pain (the 'oh wow' moments), and then it was done. The whole thing took between 5 and 10 min. That night I had cramping pain, and thought no way in hell would this pain be gone by the next day, but for the most part it was gone the next day. The night I had it done, sometimes it was hard to get comfortable, but you just have to move around until you find a place where you are comfortable, and after being in one position to long I would have to readjust and move again. The next day I felt a lot better, but sometimes sitting for too long, I would get a little bit crampy. I have noticed some pain since the iud, which is why if I were to rate the paragard iud I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Sometimes in the first month I would feel pressure if I had to go #2, which gave me some pain down in my lower abdominal area. I went in for my monthly appointment to make sure everything was okay, and she said that if anything was wrong with the iud, the pain would never go away (which it had), and if I had the pain the couple times before it could have been due to the fact that I wasn't drinking enough water and may have been constipated which would put pressure on the iud area. Other than that I love the iud!!! Some tips I have for people that are going to get the iud are to: Take Ibuprofen at least a day or two ahead, you will need someone to drive you to and from the doctors (due to cramping it just really makes you not want to drive), make sure you are on your period (makes for much easier insertation due to everything being relaxed down there), go into the procedure relaxed... yes it could and probably will hurt/be uncomfortable, but there are worse things in the world. A couple more things, make sure you are off the rest of the day after the procedure (you will want to lay around and not want to work), and be patient. The way I looked at it after I was done was: Yes, it hurt, but look at where I am now. I made a smart decision to help prevent a possible pregnancy that I am not prepared for. I have 10 years of hormonal free birth control, and when ever I am ready to have kids, they can take it out for me and I am able to get pregnant right away. If this review can help one person choose to get an iud who is questioning it, I am happy. I was so disappointed when I read all the negative reviews, and couldn't be happier with my decision of getting the paragard Iud. I'm so glad I can share my positive experience with anyone who is unsure of the paragard iud, just remember more people post their negative experiences than the positive experiences. Everyone is different so no one can tell you how it will go for you, the only way to know is it try it.... you may love it!

2013-06-20 04:10:27 UTC

paragard1

I recently got the paragard iud. I've had it for a little over three months now, and I love it. I am posting this review because I was on birth control for over two years and gained about 35 lbs. I was completely unhappy, and knew I needed to get rid of the hormones. Well, I was talking with someone at work and they mentioned the paragard iud. I was skeptical and always research my options before getting into something. Almost every review I read was negative which is exactly why I am writing this review. I want to write this to show that not everyone has a negative experience with iuds, and many people do actually have good experiences. The only people that seem to write reviews are the ones who have had bad experiences. Like I said previously, I was on birth control for two years, gained approximately 35 lbs and was really unhappy. I decided that I was getting off of birth control, and going to use no other form of birth control besides condoms (which I knew was a bad idea) because I just needed to get away from the hormones in birth control. I talked with a lady at my work and she mentioned the paragard iud, which doesn't have hormones, so I looked into it because it seemed like my best option. I researched the iud, and was scared to death due to all of the negative reviews. I talked with some more people, and decided that it was better to try to get the iud and to make it so I had a lesser chance of getting pregnant. This may come as a surprise, but I am 18 years old. I have never had a child, and the paragard iud they like to give to people who have had children. I was very scared that I would have a lot of pain for the insertation. I was so scared I was in tears in the doctors office, so before the doctor did anything she explained a couple things to me. She told me that yes, the procedure can be painful and the reason is, the brain has never had to deal with the feelings you get from the insertation, and has no idea what to do with those feelings. She told me they were kind of like 'Oh Wow' moments. Needless to say, the doctor calmed me and made me feel better about the whole thing. The procedure started and the doctor measured how far back my cervix was, during this I oddly felt a pinch, but it was over quickly. Then they give you a shot to numb you a little but, and I will admit that hurt as well. Next they insert the iud, which once again there was some pinching pain (the 'oh wow' moments), and then it was done. The whole thing took between 5 and 10 min. That night I had cramping pain, and thought no way in hell would this pain be gone by the next day, but for the most part it was gone the next day. The night I had it done, sometimes it was hard to get comfortable, but you just have to move around until you find a place where you are comfortable, and after being in one position to long I would have to readjust and move again. The next day I felt a lot better, but sometimes sitting for too long, I would get a little bit crampy. I have noticed some pain since the iud, which is why if I were to rate the paragard iud I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Sometimes in the first month I would feel pressure if I had to go #2, which gave me some pain down in my lower abdominal area. I went in for my monthly appointment to make sure everything was okay, and she said that if anything was wrong with the iud, the pain would never go away (which it had), and if I had the pain the couple times before it could have been due to the fact that I wasn't drinking enough water and may have been constipated which would put pressure on the iud area. Other than that I love the iud!!! Some tips I have for people that are going to get the iud are to: Take Ibuprofen at least a day or two ahead, you will need someone to drive you to and from the doctors (due to cramping it just really makes you not want to drive), make sure you are on your period (makes for much easier insertation due to everything being relaxed down there), go into the procedure relaxed... yes it could and probably will hurt/be uncomfortable, but there are worse things in the world. A couple more things, make sure you are off the rest of the day after the procedure (you will want to lay around and not want to work), and be patient. The way I looked at it after I was done was: Yes, it hurt, but look at where I am now. I made a smart decision to help prevent a possible pregnancy that I am not prepared for. I have 10 years of hormonal free birth control, and when ever I am ready to have kids, they can take it out for me and I am able to get pregnant right away. If this review can help one person choose to get an iud who is questioning it, I am happy. I was so disappointed when I read all the negative reviews, and couldn't be happier with my decision of getting the paragard Iud. I'm so glad I can share my positive experience with anyone who is unsure of the paragard iud, just remember more people post their negative experiences than the positive experiences. Everyone is different so no one can tell you how it will go for you, the only way to know is it try it.... you may love it!

2013-06-20 04:10:27 UTC

paragard1

That is such an irrelevant comment - she's getting an IUD, she's not getting pregnant.

2013-06-21 14:12:12 UTC

nekotalks

That is such an irrelevant comment - she's getting an IUD, she's not getting pregnant.

2013-06-21 14:12:12 UTC

nekotalks

I am 32 and I have 2 kids. Had my pragard put in yesterday and it didn't hurt at all. I had light spotting and that is it. A couple cramps on the drive home. I now have relief knowing that it is going to protect me for 10 years I will be in my 40's by then and will probably get another put in then too.

2013-07-02 15:28:20 UTC

Angelbaby

Thank you so much for your review! You have helped me so much in deciding what I want to do. I am actually getting the IUD inserted today and was unsure what IUD I really should get, I am going with the paraguard since I have had terrible experiences with hormonal bith controls. Again thanks I think I am ready for the pain.

2013-08-13 15:12:50 UTC

Alicia Gomez

Thank you so much for your review! You have helped me so much in deciding what I want to do. I am actually getting the IUD inserted today and was unsure what IUD I really should get, I am going with the paraguard since I have had terrible experiences with hormonal bith controls. Again thanks I think I am ready for the pain.

2013-08-13 15:12:50 UTC

Alicia Gomez

I am severely reactive to hormones, latex, and chemicals, and didn't trust just using a condom. I finally got the Paraguard in 2004 from a "big city" physician, after trying for a year previous to get it from a few small town doctors who refused "on moral grounds" to put it in someone who had never had a child and because the string slightly increases the risk of infections including STDs. The 3 doctors in my small town seemed to have the attitude that if I got the IUD I would turn into a total nympho and catch alot of STDs! It's been almost 10 years now, and I've had no issues at all except for the first year of extra bad cramping and extra heavy periods (nothing that ibuprofen doesn't help with). My cervix is tilted due to an abdominal operation I had as a kid, and I know the doctor had a hard time inserting it, and warned me about that; but better than the pain of having a baby, right?! Getting it inserted, without painkillers, felt like shoving a toothpick an inch up under your fingernail, or a pipe-cleaner up your nose - the uterus does NOT want anything larger than a sperm to go IN. Luckily, it was over pretty quick, but it was very painful for about 10 seconds which seemed like an hour!! I also cramped alot for a week afterwards and had to go in a few months later to get the string cut a little shorter (it was stiff the first few months). My periods still last about 7 days, and I still occasionally cramp and spot when I'm stressed. Totally not sure if this has anything to do with the IUD since I've had the IUD half of my menstruating life, and most of my adult life. It's nothing that regular pain killers don't help with. Despite all the pain at the beginning, the Paraguard has been the right choice for me. I am really not excited about getting it replaced next year considering the amount of pain the first time, and hopefully the next one will take me with the same effectiveness until menopause!

2013-08-13 21:09:53 UTC

Not Brunette

Most women gain weight from the depo shot

2013-08-15 05:54:20 UTC

Kailah Chineth

I just want to tell anybody who has read the comments an feels discouraged from getting an IUD b/c of the comments about the pain to please keep in mind that different people have different abilities to handle pain. I had worked myself into a tizzy b/c of all the comments I read from women online that had gotten IUDs inserted. Comments ranged from "oh, it's not that bad" to "WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE!" I'm here to tell you that it's not that bad. Take some ibuprofen before you go in and you'll be fine. I actually took mine maybe 15 minutes before insertion. I have a cervix that is very difficult to access (according to my gynecologist, LOL) and have never have children before. While I would call the procedure uncomfortable, it was definitely not a "nightmare" or even close to being the most pain I've ever felt. I have had it in for almost 3 weeks now and just finished up my first cycle while on it. Bleeding did seem a little heavier and my period has lasted a day or two longer than usual, but other than that, it hasn't been bad. Having a reliable form of birth control for 10 years is definitely more than worth the uncomfortable 5 minutes or so I spent w/ my feet in the stirrups. Bottom line...don't NOT get one just b/c you're scared of the pain. It's not that bad and it's totally worth it.

2013-08-18 08:26:58 UTC

Natasha Hubbard

I love my Paragard! I had been on Depo for a year and gained 18 pounds after having lost all of my pregnancy weight plus 10 pounds. I was terrified after reading reviews, but insertion was a breeze! I barely felt a slight pinch and didn't realize it was inserted until my Dr.said it was done. I had period like cramping the remainder of the day and took ibuprofen with no problems. My first period was heavier and longer but on month 4 my periods are regular with about 2 days of heaviness. I love no hormones and I feel so much better! My advice is make sure your doctor has done several IUDs and take some ibuprofen before. I find most often reviews are written by people who are not satisfied and some tend to be dramatic in the pain aspect. I had natural childbirth and this was less painful than getting my depo shot!

2013-08-22 15:43:54 UTC

Alb1129

I love my Paragard! I had been on Depo for a year and gained 18 pounds after having lost all of my pregnancy weight plus 10 pounds. I was terrified after reading reviews, but insertion was a breeze! I barely felt a slight pinch and didn't realize it was inserted until my Dr.said it was done. I had period like cramping the remainder of the day and took ibuprofen with no problems. My first period was heavier and longer but on month 4 my periods are regular with about 2 days of heaviness. I love no hormones and I feel so much better! My advice is make sure your doctor has done several IUDs and take some ibuprofen before. I find most often reviews are written by people who are not satisfied and some tend to be dramatic in the pain aspect. I had natural childbirth and this was less painful than getting my depo shot!

2013-08-22 15:43:54 UTC

Alb1129

I love my Paragard! I had been on Depo for a year and gained 18 pounds after having lost all of my pregnancy weight plus 10 pounds. I was terrified after reading reviews, but insertion was a breeze! I barely felt a slight pinch and didn't realize it was inserted until my Dr.said it was done. I had period like cramping the remainder of the day and took ibuprofen with no problems. My first period was heavier and longer but on month 4 my periods are regular with about 2 days of heaviness. I love no hormones and I feel so much better! My advice is make sure your doctor has done several IUDs and take some ibuprofen before. I find most often reviews are written by people who are not satisfied and some tend to be dramatic in the pain aspect. I had natural childbirth and this was less painful than getting my depo shot!

2013-08-22 15:43:54 UTC

Alb1129

I love my Paragard! I had been on Depo for a year and gained 18 pounds after having lost all of my pregnancy weight plus 10 pounds. I was terrified after reading reviews, but insertion was a breeze! I barely felt a slight pinch and didn't realize it was inserted until my Dr.said it was done. I had period like cramping the remainder of the day and took ibuprofen with no problems. My first period was heavier and longer but on month 4 my periods are regular with about 2 days of heaviness. I love no hormones and I feel so much better! My advice is make sure your doctor has done several IUDs and take some ibuprofen before. I find most often reviews are written by people who are not satisfied and some tend to be dramatic in the pain aspect. I had natural childbirth and this was less painful than getting my depo shot!

2013-08-22 15:43:54 UTC

Alb1129

Plus that, she's 45! I doubt that she has pregnancy penciled into her day planner. BTW, I'm 41 and just had my 2nd baby but because of the 5 miscarriages it took me to get to my 2nd baby, I'm done. I'd love to not be done, but I have to be. :(

2013-08-27 19:25:16 UTC

llw71

I'm sorry to hear that, but I hope your baby gives you much joy and fulfillment!

2013-08-30 00:36:27 UTC

nekotalks

maybe her pain tolerance is a lot better or maybe she is like me and has to get a biopsy done with every pap smear b/c the regular one always comes back as irrigular

2013-08-31 13:51:47 UTC

Kelly E. Brown

maybe her pain tolerance is a lot better or maybe she is like me and has to get a biopsy done with every pap smear b/c the regular one always comes back as irrigular

2013-08-31 13:51:47 UTC

Kelly E. Brown

I just had paragard inserted today. I have been on BC pills for the last 2 years and gained a substantial amount of weight and have just generally felt cruddy. I am 19 years old and have never had children or even a pap exam yet but have always had periods from hell. After reading the comments on this feed specifically I was terrified of getting it because everyone makes it sound the worst thing in the world but I decided to go for it because everyone seemed to love it anyway and I figured if the pain got to much I could just tell my doctor to stop and be done... Maybe I am some kind of freak of nature, but that was not the worst pain in the world. not even close. MILD cramping during the procedure at most and it was over before I even knew she had done it. I did have some cramping after but nothing compared to the ones you get when a cyst ruptures or develops and no bleeding except for VERY light spotting that started several hours after having it put in and lasting a couple hours maybe? It is always exhausted to have new medical procedures done so I took a vicodin (left over from those cysts) and a nap woke up 2 hours later and went to work for the day with no further problems. So far I feel great with my decision and wanted to let young girls know that everyone is different. So don't not do it simply because people say its really painful for inexperienced girls. If it gets to be to much you can always tell your doctor to stop. Good luck!(:

2013-09-05 04:13:40 UTC

Rayanne

I have the Paraguard IUD & needless to say I HATE IT. i am getting it taken out as soon as possible. At first it was great. Little bleeding (i never had bad periods or any cramping at all) & now 8 months later i am bleeding so much that i go through a pad & a tampon every two hours. I have been to my doctor multiple times & have had multiple ultra sounds done and she said everything was in the right place. Well its very painful and im tired of bleeding all the time. Its been so bad that my husbamd & i have not been sexually active for about a month now. I am going to try the Merana & see if i like it better. Im not thrilled about hormones but if im not bleeding out all the time itll be worth it.II

2013-09-05 14:03:13 UTC

nolo& haydayh

I have the Paraguard IUD & needless to say I HATE IT. i am getting it taken out as soon as possible. At first it was great. Little bleeding (i never had bad periods or any cramping at all) & now 8 months later i am bleeding so much that i go through a pad & a tampon every two hours. I have been to my doctor multiple times & have had multiple ultra sounds done and she said everything was in the right place. Well its very painful and im tired of bleeding all the time. Its been so bad that my husbamd & i have not been sexually active for about a month now. I am going to try the Merana & see if i like it better. Im not thrilled about hormones but if im not bleeding out all the time itll be worth it.II

2013-09-05 14:03:13 UTC

nolo& haydayh

I had the Merina IUD years ago and my boyfriend could feel the string poking him. Yes, it hurt at times during sex. I think if he caught the string just right maybe it slightly moved it and that's what caused the pain. I think the doc cut my string too short though.. I also got my first ever yeast infection while I had it and kept getting them over and over until I finally took it out and I was able to get rid of them. I can't take hormone birth control because I get terrible headaches though so I am considering the paraguard. I just had my second baby and I do NOT want to be pregnant again so I need to figure something out!!

2013-10-10 14:34:34 UTC

JJA82

I am 31 years old, have had a child. Used Mirena for 5 years after having her and it worked great. I am a recent breast cancer survivor and after going through all of that they recommended the Paragard instead of the Mirena because of there not being any hormones present. I loved my Mirena and was skeptical about the Paragard. I've had my Paragard now for about three months and aside from my period returning, which wasn't around during the Mirena, that is really the only difference I can notice. Other than the pain I felt when I had the Paragard inserted. It did bring tears to my eyes and cramp for a bit, but I figure a few minutes of pain is worth the 10+ years of "coverage." I would highly recommend either if you have the ability to choose without fear of one being better than the other.

2013-10-10 17:56:41 UTC

Kelian Smith Hamedi

I just wanted to write this review to tell others about my experience with IUD's. My first IUD I had was the Mirena and it hurt to get put it in but it was over with after a few seconds. After the five years was up it was time to replace it and when I went in to do that, the Dr. couldn't pull it out, so I had to have it surgically removed and the IUD went straight through my cervix and there was a hole. I refused to do another IUD so I went back to the pill, but the hormones were driving me crazy so I stopped that all together. Finally two weeks ago I had an IUD inserted again but this time I got the paragard and let me tell you how it was such excruciating pain ever! I was crying and couldn't control my breathing, another nurse had to come in and guide me and she let me squeeze the heck out of her wrist. It took about 15 minutes total because of my scar tissues from my previous IUD. But now I'm okay and it was well worth it because my husband and I do not want anymore kids right now, we have two girls. So I hope this review will help someone out there. This was my experience and many people experience pain differently. But this hurt like it was worse then being in labor. At least I had pain meds then.

2013-10-11 02:54:51 UTC

Adorable25

I had the Merina IUD years ago and my boyfriend could feel the string poking him. Yes, it hurt at times during sex. I think if he caught the string just right maybe it slightly moved it and that's what caused the pain. I think the doc cut my string too short though.. I also got my first ever yeast infection while I had it and kept getting them over and over until I finally took it out and I was able to get rid of them. I can't take hormone birth control because I get terrible headaches though so I am considering the paraguard. I just had my second baby and I do NOT want to be pregnant again so I need to figure something out!!

2013-10-10 14:34:34 UTC

JJA82

I am 31 years old, have had a child. Used Mirena for 5 years after having her and it worked great. I am a recent breast cancer survivor and after going through all of that they recommended the Paragard instead of the Mirena because of there not being any hormones present. I loved my Mirena and was skeptical about the Paragard. I've had my Paragard now for about three months and aside from my period returning, which wasn't around during the Mirena, that is really the only difference I can notice. Other than the pain I felt when I had the Paragard inserted. It did bring tears to my eyes and cramp for a bit, but I figure a few minutes of pain is worth the 10+ years of "coverage." I would highly recommend either if you have the ability to choose without fear of one being better than the other.

2013-10-10 17:56:41 UTC

Kelian Smith Hamedi

I just wanted to write this review to tell others about my experience with IUD's. My first IUD I had was the Mirena and it hurt to get put it in but it was over with after a few seconds. After the five years was up it was time to replace it and when I went in to do that, the Dr. couldn't pull it out, so I had to have it surgically removed and the IUD went straight through my cervix and there was a hole. I refused to do another IUD so I went back to the pill, but the hormones were driving me crazy so I stopped that all together. Finally two weeks ago I had an IUD inserted again but this time I got the paragard and let me tell you how it was such excruciating pain ever! I was crying and couldn't control my breathing, another nurse had to come in and guide me and she let me squeeze the heck out of her wrist. It took about 15 minutes total because of my scar tissues from my previous IUD. But now I'm okay and it was well worth it because my husband and I do not want anymore kids right now, we have two girls. So I hope this review will help someone out there. This was my experience and many people experience pain differently. But this hurt like it was worse then being in labor. At least I had pain meds then.

2013-10-11 02:54:51 UTC

Adorable25

I have my appointment in a week to get my marina IUD put in and I have a baby but I want more kids in the future and some people tell me that it can effect your chances of getting pregnant after is that true?

2013-10-13 05:31:23 UTC

samantha

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

I decided to get a mirena iud and my appointment was two days prior to my cycle. I had a child 19 years ago and the doctor couldn't get the mirena inserted. I was told that she was feeling resistance as she got through the cervix. It was extremely painful, a very sharp pain. She attempted again and still felt resistance and decided to stop. I was told to try again towards the end of my cycle when my cervix would be a little more opened. I was not looking forward to that pain again, but knew it would be worth doing. I did return and again the pain was horrible but it only last a few second s and she said she was able to get through and now would inserts the iud. More pain but not so bad. I am a week after insertion and the first two days after, i had a lot of cramping. Nothing ibuprofen and a heating pad couldn't handle. I am still spotting so hopefully that will end soon.

2013-10-13 19:17:05 UTC

tgreene

I've had paragard for 7 years now. Tried few different birth controls before and decided to go with UDI. Was afraid of Mirena because of side effects. I've always had heavy and long periods and Paragard isn't helping, same thing. Talked to my doctor and couple of my friends who are using Mirena and I am really considering switching to Mirena.......

2013-10-13 23:04:38 UTC

Nataliya

INCREDIBLY helpful. You've definitely helped calm my nerves for my own insertion today. Thanks!

2013-10-14 15:50:05 UTC

susan

INCREDIBLY helpful. You've definitely helped calm my nerves for my own insertion today. Thanks!

2013-10-14 15:50:05 UTC

susan

I have had the mirena and paragard inserted and both times insertion wasn't painful but I had really bad cramping the rest of the day. I have given birth and it was still painful. I made the mistake of driving to my appt. by myself the first time and I don't suggest it. If you don't know how this will affect you I suggest not having any plans for the day and having someone else drive you. I think IUD's are great though, I have had a good experience and have not had the problems I had with the pill. It's worth one day of bad cramps.

2013-10-19 05:15:43 UTC

Tiffany

I had paragard for 4 years and it works great just made my menstrual heavy and cramper so it's pretty much different stroke different folks before I used paragard my menstrual was normal no heavy cramping but other then that it been great

2013-10-23 14:28:50 UTC

Tonya Firstlady Thomas

I have the mirena IUD and every time i ovulate I get massive cysts on my ovaries. I am talking between 5cm and 7cm. I cant even have sex because of the pain. Once in a while I can have intercourse with out pain and get away it. I even had a cyst rupture while having intercourse. I cant use other bc becasue of my auras. So im stuck

2013-10-26 17:11:51 UTC

rachel

The risk of rupture is if you are laboring. It doesn't just arbitrarily cause rupture in a non-pregnant state.

2013-11-04 02:28:17 UTC

Momsy2

The risk of rupture is if you are laboring. It doesn't just arbitrarily cause rupture in a non-pregnant state.

2013-11-04 02:28:17 UTC

Momsy2

The risk of rupture is if you are laboring. It doesn't just arbitrarily cause rupture in a non-pregnant state.

2013-11-04 02:28:17 UTC

Momsy2

Hi Samantha--sorry for not getting back to you faster. There's a lot of confusion out there about the IUD and infertility, but in fact after you get it removed you should be able to get pregnant right away. Here are a couple related articles if you're interested in getting more information: http://bedsider.org/features/243; http://bedsider.org/features/76

2013-11-06 21:37:15 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Hi Samantha--sorry for not getting back to you faster. There's a lot of confusion out there about the IUD and infertility, but in fact after you get it removed you should be able to get pregnant right away. Here are a couple related articles if you're interested in getting more information: http://bedsider.org/features/243; http://bedsider.org/features/76

2013-11-06 21:37:15 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Hi Samantha--sorry for not getting back to you faster. There's a lot of confusion out there about the IUD and infertility, but in fact after you get it removed you should be able to get pregnant right away. Here are a couple related articles if you're interested in getting more information: http://bedsider.org/features/243; http://bedsider.org/features/76

2013-11-06 21:37:15 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Hi Samantha--sorry for not getting back to you faster. There's a lot of confusion out there about the IUD and infertility, but in fact after you get it removed you should be able to get pregnant right away. Here are a couple related articles if you're interested in getting more information: http://bedsider.org/features/243; http://bedsider.org/features/76

2013-11-06 21:37:15 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

I had the Paragard inserted last week and my doctor told me it would hurt, so I was very anxious. I even cried before I laid back. BUT I didn't feel any pain at all whatsoever. I am very glad that I went ahead with the procedure and the peace of mind I feel with the IUD is so worth the anxiety. I am sorry that so many of you experienced pain but I am proof that not everyone will have the same experience.

2013-11-08 15:26:05 UTC

Rachel

I've had the mirena for 2 years and every month when my menstral cycle is going to start I get extremely emotional and run down. If I'm even a little sick when this happens, I'll end up in bed at least for a day and really sick for a week. Because this has been a pattern now for two years, I'm finally starting to wonder if the mittens is causing this. Has anyone else had this experience? I really love having the IUD but I'm wondering if I should switch to the paraguard instead.

2013-11-13 19:00:36 UTC

Advice_is_appreciated

Mittens should be *mirena

2013-11-13 19:01:49 UTC

Advice_is_appreciated

I've had the mirena for 2 years and every month when my menstral cycle is going to start I get extremely emotional and run down. If I'm even a little sick when this happens, I'll end up in bed at least for a day and really sick for a week. Because this has been a pattern now for two years, I'm finally starting to wonder if the mittens is causing this. Has anyone else had this experience? I really love having the IUD but I'm wondering if I should switch to the paraguard instead.

2013-11-13 19:00:36 UTC

Advice_is_appreciated

Mittens should be *mirena

2013-11-13 19:01:49 UTC

Advice_is_appreciated

I had the paragard inserted two years ago and I just got it taken out yesterday. I had it placed in 6 weeks after my second child. I wasn't sure if I wanted any more children so the thought of 10 year iud, sounded very good at the time. During the procedure, it was a little more unconfortable then a Pap smear, but going through labor, the pain wasn't too bad. Came home and had cramping for a few hours. Following month had a menstrual cycle, and thought the cramping was normal and longer and heavier periods. After a few months, cramping seemed to get worse, I had to rely on meds just to keep it from getting worse. And waited a few more months to see if cramps would get better. A year goes by, cramps are so bad in the first days of my cycle, had to call in sick off work a few times just because the cramps were so bad, and meds weren't really helping. I called the OB and she told me to upper my dose in Motrin, and take 3 pill instead of 2.. So did that for a few months, and cramping would go away until the meds wears off again. Back to living hell. Then since this last cycle, had crazy pains, ánd after my cycle, had spotting bad migraines. So then I decided I gave it two years.. I had enough. I never had cramps and heavy cycle prior to the paragard. And the minute I had it taken out, I never felt so free.. And alive! The ob showed me it after she taken it out, and let me tell you! It's not as small as I thought! It kinda freaked me out on the size of that thing, and how it was inside of me for 2 years. Everybody has different reaction to the iud, I just wanted to share my story. I'm back on the pill, and couldn't be happier.

2013-11-28 16:20:09 UTC

No paragard 4 me!

I had the paragard inserted two years ago and I just got it taken out yesterday. I had it placed in 6 weeks after my second child. I wasn't sure if I wanted any more children so the thought of 10 year iud, sounded very good at the time. During the procedure, it was a little more unconfortable then a Pap smear, but going through labor, the pain wasn't too bad. Came home and had cramping for a few hours. Following month had a menstrual cycle, and thought the cramping was normal and longer and heavier periods. After a few months, cramping seemed to get worse, I had to rely on meds just to keep it from getting worse. And waited a few more months to see if cramps would get better. A year goes by, cramps are so bad in the first days of my cycle, had to call in sick off work a few times just because the cramps were so bad, and meds weren't really helping. I called the OB and she told me to upper my dose in Motrin, and take 3 pill instead of 2.. So did that for a few months, and cramping would go away until the meds wears off again. Back to living hell. Then since this last cycle, had crazy pains, ánd after my cycle, had spotting bad migraines. So then I decided I gave it two years.. I had enough. I never had cramps and heavy cycle prior to the paragard. And the minute I had it taken out, I never felt so free.. And alive! The ob showed me it after she taken it out, and let me tell you! It's not as small as I thought! It kinda freaked me out on the size of that thing, and how it was inside of me for 2 years. Everybody has different reaction to the iud, I just wanted to share my story. I'm back on the pill, and couldn't be happier.

2013-11-28 16:20:09 UTC

No paragard 4 me!

now that your off the mirena did u get the non hormonal form? and has ur weight started to go back down?

2013-12-08 05:39:13 UTC

questioning

I had the ParaGard IUD inserted after the birth of my second child in October of 2000. Due to my sensativity to hormones, it was the best option available at the time. I had zero problems with the ParaGuard until I went to my Gyno to have it replaced, just a couple of months shy of 10 years in July of 2010. After several uncomfortable attempts to remove it, I was advised by my doctor that it was so badly imbedded that it would need to be surgically removed. Since surgery was necessary anyway and I had no desire for more children, I opted to have a prophylactic hysterectomy as I have a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancers in my family and my mom had just passed away of ovarian cancer in June of 2010. (Almost seemed like a blessing in disguise at the time) After surgery, my doc said that he was glad I opted to have the hysterectomy because the IUD would not have been able to be removed without severly damaging my uterus, possibly rendering it useless anyway. Although I chose the hysterectomy for other personal reasons, If I would have left everything intact in hopes of conceiving again, it probably would not of been possible due the damage that would have been caused by removal. If you, like me, are sensative to hormones and the ParaGuard is your best option and you wish to possibly begin or expand your family after the ParaGard, I would NOT recommend leaving it in place for 10 years.

2013-12-10 17:10:02 UTC

Richco324

I had the ParaGard IUD inserted after the birth of my second child in October of 2000. Due to my sensativity to hormones, it was the best option available at the time. I had zero problems with the ParaGuard until I went to my Gyno to have it replaced, just a couple of months shy of 10 years in July of 2010. After several uncomfortable attempts to remove it, I was advised by my doctor that it was so badly imbedded that it would need to be surgically removed. Since surgery was necessary anyway and I had no desire for more children, I opted to have a prophylactic hysterectomy as I have a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancers in my family and my mom had just passed away of ovarian cancer in June of 2010. (Almost seemed like a blessing in disguise at the time) After surgery, my doc said that he was glad I opted to have the hysterectomy because the IUD would not have been able to be removed without severly damaging my uterus, possibly rendering it useless anyway. Although I chose the hysterectomy for other personal reasons, If I would have left everything intact in hopes of conceiving again, it probably would not of been possible due the damage that would have been caused by removal. If you, like me, are sensative to hormones and the ParaGuard is your best option and you wish to possibly begin or expand your family after the ParaGard, I would NOT recommend leaving it in place for 10 years.

2013-12-10 17:10:02 UTC

Richco324

My gyno actually refused to insert a paragaurd IUD for me, as I have terribly long, crampy, just plain awful heavy periods. They last about 7 days and 5 of those days are awfully heavy and crampy. She said I would be setting myself up for a nightmare every month. She recommended mirena instead, as it should make my periods lighter and eventually even dissapear altogether! I had many options mind u..nexplanon was my second fave :) anyways I have had mirena for a while now, I spotted for a week, that went away and my period came right on time, but only lasted a couple days and no cramps or anything. Barely needed a panty liner. When the period went away, I never spotted or got my period since. I feel amazing and my acne (severe cystic acne) has disappeared as well! My sex drive is amazing now...I never had any drive previously...could go years without any sex...now my husband and I are so happy. I'm so thrilled with mirena! Talk with ur OBGYN and good for u for doing research! I hope all is well! BTW...sorry for the late reply...maybe if u already chose a BC method, this reply can at least give some ladies an idea of how great mirena CAN be for some! We aren't all mirena haters!

2013-12-23 13:27:05 UTC

karilynn

I will admit, I LOVE my IUD and its worth the pain. I've had one child and 5, yes 5 :( miscarriages. A big part of why I got mirena in the first place...can't handle even one more miscarriage... but anyways it was so painful! The insertion was about 5 minutes of severe cramping. My ob said I have a visceral reaction to pain...not really sure what that means...but I'm guessing a low pain tolerance...despite several tattoos and piercings Lol...I cramped after insertion for 2 days...almost passed out when I stood up after insertion. I recommend taking 4 Ibuprofen cause 2 didn't help at all for me Lol...and definitely prepare to go home, get your heating pad and do nothing but relax for a day or two. Its so worth the couple days of cramping...but I do get a tad annoyed when women say...it doesn't hurt if you've had children as your cervix has dilated and blah blah blah...trust me...I've dialated and given birth...naturally with no drugs...and my cervix was still very angry with IUD insertion! I've also heard teens say ice never had kids and IUD insertion didn't hurt at all. I believe it depends entirely on the lady...

2013-12-23 13:36:04 UTC

karilynn

Hmmmm...I experience the opposite. When I have sex with my hubby the spotting dissapears for a couple days and turns to a light discharge. Now that I've had it for awhile all the spotting is gone, but in the first few weeks I experienced the opposite. Its interesting reading how differently women's bodies react to IUDs.

2013-12-23 13:39:58 UTC

karilynn

Not just that...its obvious if u diet and exercise enough u have to lose weight...IUD or not! Its impossible to gain weight if ur not eating crap and working out. I think people love the IUD excuse for weight gain.

2013-12-23 13:48:01 UTC

karilynn

Misoprostol or mifiprex or cyotec

2013-12-23 13:48:54 UTC

karilynn

My gyno actually refused to insert a paragaurd IUD for me, as I have terribly long, crampy, just plain awful heavy periods. They last about 7 days and 5 of those days are awfully heavy and crampy. She said I would be setting myself up for a nightmare every month. She recommended mirena instead, as it should make my periods lighter and eventually even dissapear altogether! I had many options mind u..nexplanon was my second fave :) anyways I have had mirena for a while now, I spotted for a week, that went away and my period came right on time, but only lasted a couple days and no cramps or anything. Barely needed a panty liner. When the period went away, I never spotted or got my period since. I feel amazing and my acne (severe cystic acne) has disappeared as well! My sex drive is amazing now...I never had any drive previously...could go years without any sex...now my husband and I are so happy. I'm so thrilled with mirena! Talk with ur OBGYN and good for u for doing research! I hope all is well! BTW...sorry for the late reply...maybe if u already chose a BC method, this reply can at least give some ladies an idea of how great mirena CAN be for some! We aren't all mirena haters!

2013-12-23 13:27:05 UTC

karilynn

I will admit, I LOVE my IUD and its worth the pain. I've had one child and 5, yes 5 :( miscarriages. A big part of why I got mirena in the first place...can't handle even one more miscarriage... but anyways it was so painful! The insertion was about 5 minutes of severe cramping. My ob said I have a visceral reaction to pain...not really sure what that means...but I'm guessing a low pain tolerance...despite several tattoos and piercings Lol...I cramped after insertion for 2 days...almost passed out when I stood up after insertion. I recommend taking 4 Ibuprofen cause 2 didn't help at all for me Lol...and definitely prepare to go home, get your heating pad and do nothing but relax for a day or two. Its so worth the couple days of cramping...but I do get a tad annoyed when women say...it doesn't hurt if you've had children as your cervix has dilated and blah blah blah...trust me...I've dialated and given birth...naturally with no drugs...and my cervix was still very angry with IUD insertion! I've also heard teens say ice never had kids and IUD insertion didn't hurt at all. I believe it depends entirely on the lady...

2013-12-23 13:36:04 UTC

karilynn

Hmmmm...I experience the opposite. When I have sex with my hubby the spotting dissapears for a couple days and turns to a light discharge. Now that I've had it for awhile all the spotting is gone, but in the first few weeks I experienced the opposite. Its interesting reading how differently women's bodies react to IUDs.

2013-12-23 13:39:58 UTC

karilynn

Not just that...its obvious if u diet and exercise enough u have to lose weight...IUD or not! Its impossible to gain weight if ur not eating crap and working out. I think people love the IUD excuse for weight gain.

2013-12-23 13:48:01 UTC

karilynn

Misoprostol or mifiprex or cyotec

2013-12-23 13:48:54 UTC

karilynn

Im 20 years old and have never been pregnant. I was on birth control pills for 2 and half years but my regular doctor thought it might be contributing to my high anxiety so I went for a hormone free copper iud (paraguard). The insertion was NOT as bad as I read it would be. I am the biggest baby when it comes to pain, I hate needles I still pass out everytime I give blood, got piercings, etc. But the IUD insertion was not bad at all. It was a pretty awkward visit, like 5 minutes maybe? I was real nervous but the pain I was preparing for never came. I woul describe it like getting a ear piercing...in your vagina. It hurt for like a second and then a little throbbing afterwords and then I was planning on being bed ridden all day - NOPE. I took some tylenol 20 minutes before my visit and then again when I got home. I had some cramps, but I drank some stomach soothing tea and I didnt get them again all day. I definitely started getting some spotting but nothing like people say where you like bleed out. INACCURATE. Now, my first period after insertion was a bitch Im not gonna lie. But in the grand scheme of things it really wasnt that awful. I had it over christmas so yeah that wasnt fun but It was maybe 7 days long and only 3 of those days were really awful. I had alot of breakthrough bleeding, to the point where I wore 2 overnight pads but I could usually get away with wearing them all day or all night so it realy still wasnt that bad. Forget tampons that was a waste of time, my best advice is to just embrace the pads. My period went from really bad though to like literally nothing in 24 hours so I really dont think I would regret my decision to go IUD. My only issue right now is that sometimes I get a little cramping but its really not awful. To the gross parts - I used to be an extremely constipated person like im talking not going for days... but with paraguard I finally go like 2x a day no matter how much carbs - YAY. I have had kinda weird discharge but I know its not a disease or anything its just sometimes its like a lot but whatever. To dispell the myths - my partner is um.. well endowed.. but he has never felt the strings. I cant feel them myself so Im pretty sure the theory of "checking the strings" is like for wonderwoman.. your uterus is so freaking high up there idk who could reach that anyway. Dont stress out about it. My acne was the reason I started birth control in the first place (oldest line in the book but for me its really true). I had something going on that even ProActiv couldnt keep down. I tried dermatolgist pills and creams, nothing. But bc worked so well. Since I've been on the iud I have definitely had some pimples which is weird and kind of annoying but this might not apply to everyone because I was a disaster growing up. I find that the iud plus an exfoliating face wash is enough to keep it in control. I dont know if I am the poster child for this thing though. So keep in mind I never had a baby, never really had heavy periods growing up, I have only had this in for about a month and a half, i had awful pimples before bc and hardly any side effects since puberty (cramps) and I have really bad anxiety and insomnia which I am pretty sure in the end are not even closely related to birth control/iud so don't base those things off it. I recommend the iud to anyone I love never having to think about it, constantly being protected and deciding when I want to get pregnant is totally awesome. I read that the heavy periods stop after 3-6 months and for me, when you compare that to 10years of periods I feel like 4 or 5 awful ones are like nothing. Not really sure about weight loss though because I am home from college and surrounded by great food so I don't see it as a side effect.

2014-01-07 04:02:00 UTC

alyssa

Hi Chandrika, Thanks for your note. It sounds like the spotting you're having with the Mirena is frustrating. You are already working with your doctor to manage it, which is great. I don't think I can add much to your doctor's advice, except to give you a bit more information about how bleeding can change over time with a Mirena or Skyla IUD. On average,the number of spotting and bleeding days continue to decrease for up a year after placement. But for some women, the spotting never goes away. Only you can decide how long you're comfortable with managing the spotting. Good luck!

2014-01-08 02:30:40 UTC

Sara Kennedy

Nataliya, i have heard from a few women in the UK and i imagine as far as modern medicine goes that things are the same here. i have heard from a few women over there that if you are using the Nexplanon implant or an IUD and if your periods are still very heavy and uncomfortable that you can still combine your IUD or implant use with a low dose hormone oral contraception. combining your IUD use with a low hormone pill can help regulate your cycle, and lessen the side affects.

2014-01-16 17:29:22 UTC

gabby durnian

Nataliya, i have heard from a few women in the UK and i imagine as far as modern medicine goes that things are the same here. i have heard from a few women over there that if you are using the Nexplanon implant or an IUD and if your periods are still very heavy and uncomfortable that you can still combine your IUD or implant use with a low dose hormone oral contraception. combining your IUD use with a low hormone pill can help regulate your cycle, and lessen the side affects.

2014-01-16 17:29:22 UTC

gabby durnian

I am so happy you posted this! I am 24 and a mom of two. I just had a baby 3 months ago and I go in for my Mirena appointment in 2 weeks. I have been nervous as can be, because have only seen bad reviews and side effects that are pretty scary about Mirena. I deffently needed this! I have looked into all other alternatives for birth control and this one seemed the best suited for me. I had a bad reaction to Yaz when I was younger and I have sworn off of birth control since. Mind you, that was also after being on other types for 6 yrs. I noticed that I did gain weight when I was on the pill and acne got insane. I also have had a dwindling sex drive over the years aswell as energy all together. If it affected you this way it gives me hope it might do the same for me as well. Thanks for the hope and reassurance! I deffently needed it!

2014-01-28 20:50:53 UTC

Jess Parsons

I had the Paragard inserted in June of 2012. The insertion was easily the worst pain I have ever experienced, which is saying a lot as my pain tolerance is pretty high. However, after about 48 hours I was completely back to normal; it was by no means unbearable. My periods were a little bit longer, but not really heavier, and the cramping was actually noticeably less than what it was before the IUD (note - this is pretty atypical, from what I've read). Everything was totally great until about a month ago - my January period lasted a FULL 16 days, and during that entire time I was having really weird abdominal pain. I couldn't tell whether or not it was some stomach bug, or just gas, or constipation, or something with my ovaries, or something with my uterus...everything felt really bloated and tight and uncomfortable. In the hopes that whatever it was would just go away on its own (...I know, stupid), I made an appointment a couple weeks out. They ended up doing an ultrasound during that appointment and discovered that the IUD had slipped out of place and was resting just above my cervix. I had it taken out and immediately felt WAY better - and lost about 10 lbs of water and poop in the next day or so. Luckily, the strings were visible - so, easy to remove (if strings disappear...scary procedure). Overall, I'd say the IUD is really awesome for some women (heck, it was awesome for me for almost two years), but what they don't emphasize is that it can fall out of place at any time for any reason - and if that happens you MAY OR MAY NOT have symptoms like I did. When it falls out of place, the IUD loses its effectiveness (by how much? no one knows exactly). This is exactly how women get pregnant while having an IUD; these pregnancies (or abortions) often become complicated and dangerous to resolve. I wouldn't recommend or not recommend the IUD to anyone, since it really depends on each individual's own physiology - so basically it's a gamble whether or not it'll work!

2014-02-03 01:41:58 UTC

mooses

I have had my paragard for almost 4 years now. And I am now having longer periods and cramps worse now then before for I have both my kids. And I have been discharging really bad. But it didnt hurt getting it put in.

2014-02-08 09:00:07 UTC

Elizabeth Perdue

I have had my paragard for almost 4 years now. And I am now having longer periods and cramps worse now then before for I have both my kids. And I have been discharging really bad. But it didnt hurt getting it put in.

2014-02-08 09:00:07 UTC

Elizabeth Perdue

So, I have had the Mirena for almost 2 full weeks. The insertion wasn't nearly as painful as it was with the Paraguard. I did experience bleeding and some mild cramping, that subsided shortly thereafter. I know that you are not supposed to feel the IUD, but I really feel like my body did not respond to the metal foreign object. I feel so much better now. Hopefully, my experience will continue to be a positive one. I'll keep you posted!

2014-02-09 23:07:54 UTC

Ms. Priss

I'm a 20 year old college student who was looking for a safe and effective form of birth control. My body reacts very negatively to hormones of any kind, so I was pretty limited in my options. I found out about ParaGard and jumped at the chance! 10 years with no hormones? Yes please. I'm very pleased with the results so far, though I had to have one inserted twice because the first time round it slipped out of place. But I guess second time's the charm because it's working great. I do have longer periods (roughly 8 days) and did suffer severe cramps for the first two periods after I had it inserted. The cramps went away pretty quickly though. All in all I'm very happy with it! I do have some advice for anyone who's looking to have it inserted (especially women who haven't had children) 1) DO YOUR RESEARCH. I chose my OBGYN poorly and had a TON of difficulty getting appointments made. If you have a trusted doctor already, great. If you're like me and aren't close to home, make sure you read up online. You'll have to go back for multiple appointments (at least I did) so pick somewhere close. I'm also pretty sure that she didn't insert the IUD correctly the first time (which is why I had get a second one)- every doctor should do a pregnancy test before the insertion and a vaginal ultrasound (usually) after the fact to make sure it's in place. If they don't do it automatically, I'd request it especially if you've never had kids. The expulsion rate is higher for that group. Again, do your research and you should be fine. 2) Be aware that it is a painful process. Having the IUD inserted was the most pain I've ever felt. No one was honest about that so it took me by surprise. Take some music to listen to or a book to read during the procedure to keep your mind off of it. Imagine period cramping multiplied by 10x and that's what it's like. I had residual cramps for two to three days, with each day getting less severe. 3) Stock up on Advil and heating pads. As I said my cramps were pretty bad for the next few days. I found that putting a heating pad on my stomach really helped. My doctor actually prescribed low strength vikoden to take before my second insertion because the first was so painful. If you have painful cramping during your regular period it's usually a good indicator of what your experience will be like. I'd recommend requesting a prescription from your doctor because your next few periods will be very painful and if you're always busy (like me) you can't afford to be incapacitated by cramps all day. This may sound like a horror story, but I'm very very happy with the results! My partner can't feel the IUD and it takes a HUGE load of worry off. While the initial process is very painful, its long term benefits outweigh it. I don't have to remember to take a pill, I don't have to worry about a condom breaking... I can just enjoy peace of mind when I'm with my partner. I'd recommend this for any woman who has an active lifestyle because it doesn't slow you down. I'd also recommend it to anyone who is hormone sensitive- I tried the pill once and had an awful reaction to it... I haven't had any of the emotional or hormonal side effects that I had on the pill. All in all its a great option for women who are looking for long lasting, effective, non-hormonal birth control

2014-02-24 18:56:19 UTC

Lauren

My sister gained 30 lbs in two months when she started using Depo. I seriously do NOT recommend it.

2014-02-28 16:35:53 UTC

Rebekah Heiner

False. I have never had a child and I barely felt a cramp. Pretty much painless..... Everybody's body is different and will feel it differently. Point blank.

2014-03-02 22:32:59 UTC

Aliyyaa

I was told all kinds of wonderful things about the Mirena from friends and doctors. In hind site I should have done more research. I am 40yrs old and never had children, I eat healthy and exercise daily . The insertion was very painful and I almost passed out. I was told there would be some cramping, 8 wks later I am still having sharp stabbing like cramps often. I have had maybe 4 days where I was not spotting or having discharge. I have been an emotional disaster, depressed and exhausted. My skin was becoming dry and I thought it was just because it is winter, until I started getting dry scaley spots on my scalp. My knees and back have aches I never had before, major drop in sex drive and I am tired all the time. I read some blogs yesterday and apparently some women gain a lot of weight as well as things I am experiencing. Thankfully this doesn't happen to everyone but it sounds like a lot higher percent than mentioned by doctors & pamphlets.

2014-03-15 16:20:22 UTC

PB1

My niece had Mirena for about a half year. Last night, I joined her in the hospital because it DOES NOT prevent conception, and the fetus had implanted itself in her Fallopian tube. Doctors barely caught it before the tube burst, but they had to remove one ovary and tube because of the damage. These are not 100% safe or effective, and this article should be ashamed of saying that they are. This was not an isolated case, as I know several other women who have had similar experiences.

2014-03-15 22:17:52 UTC

Brenda

the first year on paragard does have a up to a 2.2% pregnancy rate. No birth control is 100% effective.

2014-03-18 15:45:01 UTC

Danica Schroeder

the first year on paragard does have a up to a 2.2% pregnancy rate. No birth control is 100% effective.

2014-03-18 15:45:01 UTC

Danica Schroeder

I disagree with Having an IUD inserted feels similar to having a Pap smear. No. If Pap smears hurt THAT bad, I would NEVER get one.

2014-03-25 05:16:42 UTC

Clair Martin

I've had my paragard in for 2 years. My period has been on for 2 weeks and I am bleeding very heavy. Idk what's going on

2014-04-08 14:21:01 UTC

tonya

I just got my IUD today. To be honest it was ALOT more painful than the mirena. I had it for 5 years abd it was time to get it removed. The hormones in mirena started making me really "bitchy" I guess you could say the last 2 years toward the expiration date. Paragard sounds awesome the only thing now is getting use to having periods again cause with mirena I stopped a month after having it. I recommend both IUDs because honestly I have 4 kids *2 stepchildren and I just can't remember to take a pill everyday and condoms are a 50/50 chance. But both IUDs are awesome and you don't have to worry about forgetting to take it

2014-04-11 01:50:34 UTC

Stacey

I just recently Switched and so far I love it

2014-04-11 01:53:25 UTC

Stacey

I just got my IUD today. To be honest it was ALOT more painful than the mirena. I had it for 5 years abd it was time to get it removed. The hormones in mirena started making me really "bitchy" I guess you could say the last 2 years toward the expiration date. Paragard sounds awesome the only thing now is getting use to having periods again cause with mirena I stopped a month after having it. I recommend both IUDs because honestly I have 4 kids *2 stepchildren and I just can't remember to take a pill everyday and condoms are a 50/50 chance. But both IUDs are awesome and you don't have to worry about forgetting to take it

2014-04-11 01:50:34 UTC

Stacey

I just recently Switched and so far I love it

2014-04-11 01:53:25 UTC

Stacey

I just got my IUD today. To be honest it was ALOT more painful than the mirena. I had it for 5 years abd it was time to get it removed. The hormones in mirena started making me really "bitchy" I guess you could say the last 2 years toward the expiration date. Paragard sounds awesome the only thing now is getting use to having periods again cause with mirena I stopped a month after having it. I recommend both IUDs because honestly I have 4 kids *2 stepchildren and I just can't remember to take a pill everyday and condoms are a 50/50 chance. But both IUDs are awesome and you don't have to worry about forgetting to take it

2014-04-11 01:50:34 UTC

Stacey

I just recently Switched and so far I love it

2014-04-11 01:53:25 UTC

Stacey

what area do you live that refuses a pap to someone under 21? My first was at 15. Do you have any planned parenthoods around?

2014-04-13 23:09:59 UTC

Chloe J Clark

I have had the Paragard for about 6 weeks now- not very long but long enough to tell about my experience. I am 40, Mom of two amazing girls and am Type I Diabetic for 34 years. I am 5'5", 150, exercise about 5 hours/week. I don't drink more than a glass of wine every couple of weeks. I am adding this info because I think it might make a difference for some people. My periods have always been 27-30 days like clockwork and I am CRAZY fertile. I KNOW when I am ovulating and even double ovulate about every 3 months...basically: I know my body well. I chose the Paragard because hormones already screw with my blood sugars so I didn't want to deal with anything like the Mirena. My twin uses Mirena, though, and LOVES it. She is about 215 lbs and has never had children. The insertion of the IUD was effortless for me. I took Advil since I was on the 2nd day of my period at the time and needed it for cramps as it was. The doctor explained what she was doing every step and I'd say the only thing that made me feel any 'pain' was the tube they insert to put the IUD in. Other than that, everything was maybe a pinch here or there. However, I have a SUPER high tolerance for pain. When she said I was done I was all, "Really?" It was so fast and really quite easy as far as situations go. I walked out and felt nothing crazy; I *did* bleed a bit longer than I usually do with my periods but it wasn't anything excessive. I was able to drive myself home and never had any light headedness or excessive cramping. I went to the store and cooked dinner just like I would any other day. I have read some of the pretty intense stories of other women getting these put in and my heart goes out to them- I can't imagine being in their shoes. My first period while the IUD has been in was interesting. It started with some spotting and it came sooner than usual: 25 days. The first two days were VERY heavy. I went through my super tampons within a few hours as opposed to being able to keep them in for 6 or 7 pre-IUD. Third day was like a regular period for me (this is when I would usually start to REALLY get light) and by the 5th day I was able to just use a panty liner for some spotting. All in all, 5 days vs 3 or 4 without the IUD and the first 2 days were HEAVY heavy. My cramps were the same but I *did* have some lower back pain I don't usually have and I experienced some headaches during PMS and the first day or so of the actual period- I NEVER get headaches. I made sure to get some iron while the heavy bleeding occurred and it really helped with my energy level. I have stayed as active as I was before and have even lost a couple more lbs since having it put in. I noticed a few more small pimples during PMS (I have always had breakouts during PMS) and my food cravings were REALLY strong as well- I felt like I couldn't eat enough and had to force myself to drink more water than I usually would so I wasn't eating the house. My boyfriend and I will continue to use condoms as well as this: my age and veteran status with the diabetes just isn't a good mix for a baby. (Even though I LOOOOVEEE being pregnant and LOOVVEE babies. I look forward to my grandkids in 10 or so years!)

2014-04-14 06:49:31 UTC

DiabeticMamaof2

While I am not a medical professional, I can say with plenty of research before getting my IUD I read over and over that the IUD can cause ectopic pregnancies. Maybe that is what happened to your friend? The IUD seems to cause a lack of hospitable environment in the uterus which makes me think the fertilized egg just sits where it finds the nicest place to chill and more often with an IUD than without one, this (fallopian tube implantation) seems to happen. I *doubt* it has anything to do with previous c-sections.

2014-04-14 07:15:23 UTC

DiabeticMamaof2

I have had the Paragard for about 6 weeks now- not very long but long enough to tell about my experience. I am 40, Mom of two amazing girls and am Type I Diabetic for 34 years. I am 5'5", 150, exercise about 5 hours/week. I don't drink more than a glass of wine every couple of weeks. I am adding this info because I think it might make a difference for some people. My periods have always been 27-30 days like clockwork and I am CRAZY fertile. I KNOW when I am ovulating and even double ovulate about every 3 months...basically: I know my body well. I chose the Paragard because hormones already screw with my blood sugars so I didn't want to deal with anything like the Mirena. My twin uses Mirena, though, and LOVES it. She is about 215 lbs and has never had children. The insertion of the IUD was effortless for me. I took Advil since I was on the 2nd day of my period at the time and needed it for cramps as it was. The doctor explained what she was doing every step and I'd say the only thing that made me feel any 'pain' was the tube they insert to put the IUD in. Other than that, everything was maybe a pinch here or there. However, I have a SUPER high tolerance for pain. When she said I was done I was all, "Really?" It was so fast and really quite easy as far as situations go. I walked out and felt nothing crazy; I *did* bleed a bit longer than I usually do with my periods but it wasn't anything excessive. I was able to drive myself home and never had any light headedness or excessive cramping. I went to the store and cooked dinner just like I would any other day. I have read some of the pretty intense stories of other women getting these put in and my heart goes out to them- I can't imagine being in their shoes. My first period while the IUD has been in was interesting. It started with some spotting and it came sooner than usual: 25 days. The first two days were VERY heavy. I went through my super tampons within a few hours as opposed to being able to keep them in for 6 or 7 pre-IUD. Third day was like a regular period for me (this is when I would usually start to REALLY get light) and by the 5th day I was able to just use a panty liner for some spotting. All in all, 5 days vs 3 or 4 without the IUD and the first 2 days were HEAVY heavy. My cramps were the same but I *did* have some lower back pain I don't usually have and I experienced some headaches during PMS and the first day or so of the actual period- I NEVER get headaches. I made sure to get some iron while the heavy bleeding occurred and it really helped with my energy level. I have stayed as active as I was before and have even lost a couple more lbs since having it put in. I noticed a few more small pimples during PMS (I have always had breakouts during PMS) and my food cravings were REALLY strong as well- I felt like I couldn't eat enough and had to force myself to drink more water than I usually would so I wasn't eating the house. My boyfriend and I will continue to use condoms as well as this: my age and veteran status with the diabetes just isn't a good mix for a baby. (Even though I LOOOOVEEE being pregnant and LOOVVEE babies. I look forward to my grandkids in 10 or so years!)

2014-04-14 06:49:31 UTC

DiabeticMamaof2

While I am not a medical professional, I can say with plenty of research before getting my IUD I read over and over that the IUD can cause ectopic pregnancies. Maybe that is what happened to your friend? The IUD seems to cause a lack of hospitable environment in the uterus which makes me think the fertilized egg just sits where it finds the nicest place to chill and more often with an IUD than without one, this (fallopian tube implantation) seems to happen. I *doubt* it has anything to do with previous c-sections.

2014-04-14 07:15:23 UTC

DiabeticMamaof2

Did you experience any hair loss? I have read that from so many people and it scares me. I'm scheduled to have it put in next month.

2014-04-17 02:52:47 UTC

Kristy Lisowiec-Crawford

Did you experience any hair loss? I have read that from so many people and it scares me. I'm scheduled to have it put in next month.

2014-04-17 02:52:47 UTC

Kristy Lisowiec-Crawford

I just want to say, getting an IUD was easy, but NOT as they describe it above ("like a Pap smear and only takes 60 seconds"). Overall, the procedure for me took about 15/20 minutes. Just like "Social_red_head" said below, the speculum as the first thing to go in. That was really uncomfortable with some pressure (think: a hollow metal rod in your vagina for about 10-15 minutes…weird, but not painful). From there was the betadine rinse to sterilize as best they could. Next my doctor explained that in order to insert an IUD, the uterus has to be laying flat (and not tipped as it normally rests). So the next step was actually to realign the uterus. When she told me that I just about passed out. BUT, this part was really quick and the pain only lasted for about 2 minutes. It was very similar to the same pain I get during my period. (I get really painful cramping during my period.) Again, its hurts, but it is totally manageable. My boyfriend went with me and I just squeezed the hell out of his hand during the whole thing. Next, the doctor inserted the sound to (1) check the depth of my uterus and then (2) insert the IUD. Both times, the sound had to pass through my cervix, causing a very sharp and severe cramp that lasted about 15-30 seconds. After that there was cramping, but again very similar to cramping around your period. Finally, the speculum was removed (by far the best part of the procedure) and I was good to go! I had taken 800mg of Ibuprofen beforehand and then took some every 8 hours for the next day or so for continued cramping. My doctor explained that you feel cramps because the uterus does not recognize the IUD and responds by cramping. I hope this helps. I was just frustrated because I read this page and the Mirena information booklet before my procedure and both places make the procedure out to be really quick and painless. It is about 15-20 minutes (maybe depending on your doctor) and there are moments of pain. BUT the pain is really short and temporary and you can leave the office feeling pretty good. I'd recommend taking a support person with you. :-)

2014-05-05 03:18:04 UTC

Checka

I had Paragard inserted today. As stated in several comments already, the worst part was the "sound" check of the uterus. I had extreme cramping, to the point that I thought I was going to vomit. But, I didn't and now everything is fine. I still have some cramping and spotting, but no worse than period cramps. Anyway, I wanted to put my two cents in because I have a tilted uterus, have had cervical biopsies and dysplasia, and have had a baby. It was still somewhat painful for me, even though I have had a baby and had biopsies. My doctor said it was because my uterus is tilted so the "arm" of the IUD rubbed against the back of my uterus during insertion. I honestly thought the worst pain would be getting through my cervix, but that barely hurt. It was definitely when she measured my uterus that I thought I was going to vomit. Anyway, still worth it. (BTW, I'm 25 and my uterus is 7cm. Don't know if that matters, but it might to some people.)

2014-05-05 22:51:44 UTC

Jordan

Agreed! I had a baby naturally, have a tilted uterus, and cervical biopsies, and I thought it was painful. I also think I have a high tolerance to pain. But the cramping was still pretty awful.

2014-05-05 22:54:22 UTC

Jordan

I just want to say, getting an IUD was easy, but NOT as they describe it above ("like a Pap smear and only takes 60 seconds"). Overall, the procedure for me took about 15/20 minutes. Just like "Social_red_head" said below, the speculum as the first thing to go in. That was really uncomfortable with some pressure (think: a hollow metal rod in your vagina for about 10-15 minutes…weird, but not painful). From there was the betadine rinse to sterilize as best they could. Next my doctor explained that in order to insert an IUD, the uterus has to be laying flat (and not tipped as it normally rests). So the next step was actually to realign the uterus. When she told me that I just about passed out. BUT, this part was really quick and the pain only lasted for about 2 minutes. It was very similar to the same pain I get during my period. (I get really painful cramping during my period.) Again, its hurts, but it is totally manageable. My boyfriend went with me and I just squeezed the hell out of his hand during the whole thing. Next, the doctor inserted the sound to (1) check the depth of my uterus and then (2) insert the IUD. Both times, the sound had to pass through my cervix, causing a very sharp and severe cramp that lasted about 15-30 seconds. After that there was cramping, but again very similar to cramping around your period. Finally, the speculum was removed (by far the best part of the procedure) and I was good to go! I had taken 800mg of Ibuprofen beforehand and then took some every 8 hours for the next day or so for continued cramping. My doctor explained that you feel cramps because the uterus does not recognize the IUD and responds by cramping. I hope this helps. I was just frustrated because I read this page and the Mirena information booklet before my procedure and both places make the procedure out to be really quick and painless. It is about 15-20 minutes (maybe depending on your doctor) and there are moments of pain. BUT the pain is really short and temporary and you can leave the office feeling pretty good. I'd recommend taking a support person with you. :-)

2014-05-05 03:18:04 UTC

Checka

I had Paragard inserted today. As stated in several comments already, the worst part was the "sound" check of the uterus. I had extreme cramping, to the point that I thought I was going to vomit. But, I didn't and now everything is fine. I still have some cramping and spotting, but no worse than period cramps. Anyway, I wanted to put my two cents in because I have a tilted uterus, have had cervical biopsies and dysplasia, and have had a baby. It was still somewhat painful for me, even though I have had a baby and had biopsies. My doctor said it was because my uterus is tilted so the "arm" of the IUD rubbed against the back of my uterus during insertion. I honestly thought the worst pain would be getting through my cervix, but that barely hurt. It was definitely when she measured my uterus that I thought I was going to vomit. Anyway, still worth it. (BTW, I'm 25 and my uterus is 7cm. Don't know if that matters, but it might to some people.)

2014-05-05 22:51:44 UTC

Jordan

Agreed! I had a baby naturally, have a tilted uterus, and cervical biopsies, and I thought it was painful. I also think I have a high tolerance to pain. But the cramping was still pretty awful.

2014-05-05 22:54:22 UTC

Jordan

All lies. Yes It doesn't have estrogen but I experienced similar side effects. I had blotches on my skin gained weight I couldn't lose, and immediately after removal I felt better and dropped 15 pounds. It could have been water weight but it was gone.

2014-05-18 07:01:04 UTC

Dominique Latimer

That's your thyroid, girlie. Ask your doc for a full thyroid panel including antibodies.

2014-05-19 17:28:43 UTC

silkypinksocks

That's your thyroid, girlie. Ask your doc for a full thyroid panel including antibodies.

2014-05-19 17:28:43 UTC

silkypinksocks

One thing everyone needs to remember is that we are all individuals and no one drug is perfect for everyone. Thank goodness for options. My daughter has had Mirena for almost 2years and it has been horrible. Mood swings, severe acne, facial hair, cramps, breakthrough bleeding.... After reading these, I'm going to ask her to check with her doctor about Paragard.

2014-05-22 14:52:21 UTC

Jane

Hiya, i've just been doing some research on the pros and cons of paraguards and mirenas as well when i saw your post and had to reply. I am 18 years old and had the mirena coil inserted about a year and a half ago, my hair started to shed a month after insertion, i thought it was because of me over dying my hair at first so,stopped dying it (as it was falling out at a worrying rate and alarmed me) i really really looked after my hair from that point on,not dying/using heat and applying coconut oil regularly in the hope that it would stop falling out. After about 8 months it was still continuing to fall out,luckily i have really thick hair,but i'd say its thinned out by 40% at least, i then put it all down to stress,as i had a really stressful year.But now from doing alot more research( i wish i did this in the first place instead of just following my doctor) i have put it down to the mirena, as it completely coincides with the time it was inserted and the fact that i have never had ant problems before. At first the hair loss was the only bad thing, i loved the coil and it has sorted out my periods was were really heavy and painful and seemed not to have any other bas side effects, but recently ive been having really bad abdomen pains and terrible acne (which i never usually get), i have also put on a stone since the insertion, my appetite has increased alot, and i have felt very very depressed. i am having a appointment wth my GP soon and hope to have it changed to a paragaurd or removed.

2014-05-25 20:48:34 UTC

momo

About 3 months after having my second baby my hair started falling out like mad. It lasted about 8 months and my hair thinned tremendously:(. I do not have an iud but will be getting one next week. I think your hair loss could be due to post pregnancy. Most women don't lose their hair while pregnant but shed tons afterwards for up to a year!

2014-05-26 07:57:47 UTC

Christina Dragos

About 3 months after having my second baby my hair started falling out like mad. It lasted about 8 months and my hair thinned tremendously:(. I do not have an iud but will be getting one next week. I think your hair loss could be due to post pregnancy. Most women don't lose their hair while pregnant but shed tons afterwards for up to a year!

2014-05-26 07:57:47 UTC

Christina Dragos

Your hair sheds naturally after pregnancy, and it will seem extreme. It's not your IUD, and it will stop. :)

2014-06-06 14:05:13 UTC

Kristina M Johnson

Your hair sheds naturally after pregnancy, and it will seem extreme. It's not your IUD, and it will stop. :)

2014-06-06 14:05:13 UTC

Kristina M Johnson

I would just like to join in and discuss how a lot of you are talking about hair loss, gaining weight, nasea, etc. Almost all of these "side effects" are actually due to stress and how much stress you're taking in and not riding of in your daily routne. I recomend working out, drinking lost of water, not watching much TV, eating as healthy as you can, getting rid of as much fighting you do in your life with those around you, talking to someone about your problems even if you have to get a counceler or therapist because holding in those emotions is really bad for your stress levels. Instead of running to the drug store when you're sick, try drinking a few cups of hot tea. There are lots of kinds and I'm sure you can find one that you do like. Take hot epsom salt baths, epsom salt is realld good with dealing with stress, good for your skin, and also helps you think straight and go about your day in a better, less stressful manner. Tons of men and women everyday don't realize that they aren't even sick that they just have too much stress in their bodies and they have yet to take care of it. Please take this advice and I hope you all have a nice day and figure out natural rhemdies that work best for you all as individuls. ALSO, IF YOUR HAIR IS THINNING AND REALLY IS FALLING OUT, TAKE BIOTIN EVERY DAY AND NIGHT AND YOUR HAIR WILL GROW RIGHT BACK.

2014-06-15 20:31:30 UTC

Jaylynn Garrell

Take biotin

2014-06-15 20:37:36 UTC

Jaylynn Garrell

Amen to this reply.

2014-06-15 20:38:53 UTC

Jaylynn Garrell

How was the switch from going to a hormonal birth control to a non-hormonal? Did you feel sick...or any mood changes?

2014-06-19 00:03:45 UTC

kristen

How was the switch from going to a hormonal birth control to a non-hormonal? Did you feel sick...or any mood changes?

2014-06-19 00:03:45 UTC

kristen

You misunderstand - she has had it for four years and got it inserted after having her son - post-partum hair loss doesn't start after several years.

2014-06-22 17:15:57 UTC

Lauren

I am 40 years old and I use the ParaGard and love it! Paragard is actually my only BC option since I had a blood clot some years ago from using the OrthoEvra patch and because of that I cannot have any hormone releasing agent of any kind ever again. I've had the Paragard for 7 years now and it's good for 10. I have experienced a heavier period but hey..gotta love being a woman right! LOL! Everyone is different, choose what's best for you!

2014-06-24 15:02:22 UTC

Elle Stacia

I am 40 years old and I use the ParaGard and love it! Paragard is actually my only BC option since I had a blood clot some years ago from using the OrthoEvra patch and because of that I cannot have any hormone releasing agent of any kind ever again. I've had the Paragard for 7 years now and it's good for 10. I have experienced a heavier period but hey..gotta love being a woman right! LOL! Everyone is different, choose what's best for you!

2014-06-24 15:02:22 UTC

Elle Stacia

Thank you so much for sharing this!!it really helped me!!

2014-06-25 15:10:19 UTC

Catherine

Thank you so much for sharing this!!it really helped me!!

2014-06-25 15:10:19 UTC

Catherine

I am 32 and fixing to get my second mirena removed. I am wondering whether to get a different iud, but after reading these comments I think I will stay with mirena. I used to have horrible periods, since my first mirena I have NOT had any periods at all. Maybe 3 days of spotting in the past 10 years.. Which I LOVE..NO PERIODS!!! No extra weight gain or crazy facial hair neither.. I will definitely be going with a third mirena..Besides a few cramps during insertion and some pokes during sex sometimes, those are the only negatives I can think of. None of the side effects out weigh, NO PERIODS EVER!!! :)

2014-07-12 01:39:11 UTC

lynn

I am 32 and fixing to get my second mirena removed. I am wondering whether to get a different iud, but after reading these comments I think I will stay with mirena. I used to have horrible periods, since my first mirena I have NOT had any periods at all. Maybe 3 days of spotting in the past 10 years.. Which I LOVE..NO PERIODS!!! No extra weight gain or crazy facial hair neither.. I will definitely be going with a third mirena..Besides a few cramps during insertion and some pokes during sex sometimes, those are the only negatives I can think of. None of the side effects out weigh, NO PERIODS EVER!!! :)

2014-07-12 01:39:11 UTC

lynn

I am going in today for my second Mirena. It's been five years and it has been the best birth control I have used. I'm 44 have two kids and am done now but didn't want to get my tubes tied. I used to have periods that were out of control and the hormone swings from the pill were terrible, plus the acne and weight gain, ugh. Pre menopause sucks... I needed to change and the mirena was the perfect answer. No periods after 6 months, acne cleared up, hormone swings stopped, and I lost weight...although there were several factors to the weight loss. Yes, it's uncomfortable to have it put in, ibuprofen hits it's most effective point at two hours so time it right. Totally worth five years of worry free birth control for me!

2014-07-15 14:08:52 UTC

Sara

I am going in today for my second Mirena. It's been five years and it has been the best birth control I have used. I'm 44 have two kids and am done now but didn't want to get my tubes tied. I used to have periods that were out of control and the hormone swings from the pill were terrible, plus the acne and weight gain, ugh. Pre menopause sucks... I needed to change and the mirena was the perfect answer. No periods after 6 months, acne cleared up, hormone swings stopped, and I lost weight...although there were several factors to the weight loss. Yes, it's uncomfortable to have it put in, ibuprofen hits it's most effective point at two hours so time it right. Totally worth five years of worry free birth control for me!

2014-07-15 14:08:52 UTC

Sara

I am going in today for my second Mirena. It's been five years and it has been the best birth control I have used. I'm 44 have two kids and am done now but didn't want to get my tubes tied. I used to have periods that were out of control and the hormone swings from the pill were terrible, plus the acne and weight gain, ugh. Pre menopause sucks... I needed to change and the mirena was the perfect answer. No periods after 6 months, acne cleared up, hormone swings stopped, and I lost weight...although there were several factors to the weight loss. Yes, it's uncomfortable to have it put in, ibuprofen hits it's most effective point at two hours so time it right. Totally worth five years of worry free birth control for me!

2014-07-15 14:08:52 UTC

Sara

I am 43 years old, and I just had the paraguard iud inserted last week. The insertion was no big deal for me. It didn't hurt, and I barely felt it. I was already on a period, and any cramps could have been from that. I was on depo provera, and I'm sick of the hormonal side effects like three week periods. Yes, my periods may be heavier, but I hope they'll be better than what I've gone through on the depo provera. I had depo when I was younger, and I loved it because no periods. Now, I'm not sure what happened-could be hormonal changes due to age doesn't handle depo provera so well anymore. Anyway, I was afraid of the iud, but not anymore. Hopefully, my periods will go back to normal or more bearable than the depo.

2014-07-28 13:12:42 UTC

silvereyes1945

Also, I never had children, and I don't want any. Just a few years from menopause, and I thought the iud would carry me over until then because still some risk of pregnancy. Since, I did not have children, I was scared the iud would be more painful with insertion, but like I said, I never felt it.

2014-07-28 13:14:18 UTC

silvereyes1945

I am 43 years old, and I just had the paraguard iud inserted last week. The insertion was no big deal for me. It didn't hurt, and I barely felt it. I was already on a period, and any cramps could have been from that. I was on depo provera, and I'm sick of the hormonal side effects like three week periods. Yes, my periods may be heavier, but I hope they'll be better than what I've gone through on the depo provera. I had depo when I was younger, and I loved it because no periods. Now, I'm not sure what happened-could be hormonal changes due to age doesn't handle depo provera so well anymore. Anyway, I was afraid of the iud, but not anymore. Hopefully, my periods will go back to normal or more bearable than the depo.

2014-07-28 13:12:42 UTC

silvereyes1945

Also, I never had children, and I don't want any. Just a few years from menopause, and I thought the iud would carry me over until then because still some risk of pregnancy. Since, I did not have children, I was scared the iud would be more painful with insertion, but like I said, I never felt it.

2014-07-28 13:14:18 UTC

silvereyes1945

I have the mirena And I Love it. I've had 2 of them since I had my daughter. I've used the pills the shot but mirena is by far the best. No monthly bleeding is my favorite part. I have suggested it to many of my friends and they like it to.

2014-07-28 23:55:11 UTC

Melony Lewis

Hi everyone! This needs to be updated! I have had the ParaGard IUD inserted yesterday. Before I had it inserted I read these exact comments and tried talking myself out of getting it. I wanted hormone free birth control and decided at least I would "talk" to the doctor about it. The day I went I was a nervous wreck with so much anxiety from reading how horrible of an experience this is. I got worked up for nothing! Every woman's experience is completely different, but I think I got really lucky. 1st: the whole thing from feet in stirrups until done was about 5 minutes, if that. 2nd: I had an awesome doctor that I felt very comfortable with and a staff that distracted me, so I was comfortable with everyone. 3rd: The night before I took 800mg of motrin, the day of at 630am I took 800 mg of motrin and insertion was as 930am. There was no horrible pinch for me, and there weren't bad cramps either. Just pressure and that awkward feeling someone is inside you! I will say that after it was all done, I got a little dizzy but they titled the chair back alittle and said that was totally normal. After about a couple of minutes talking with my boyfriend (whom was there the whole time) I was up and ready to go. But... be warned... about an hour later I did experience some cramps, so I took tylenol and motrin in intervals and used a heating pad. Not too bad of cramps, but I did just want to be at home and nap through them. After I woke up from my nap, I felt awesome. Today is my first day after the insertion and I feel great. No cramps (thanks tylenol as preventive) and I feel empowered! Totally worth it. Please don't get hyped up and do take medicine before hand. If you are considering an IUD, go and talk to your doctor. I have never had kids, and don't want them either. There was no pain for me, just uncomfortable moments and pressure, but no screaming. Good luck and after the couple of minutes, no more pills!!

2014-08-02 01:01:48 UTC

jessica cook

Sara, I loved my Mirena and just had my second placed one week ago (on the same day they took out my first- five years after insertion). This time, I'm experiencing side effects that I do not remember. I'm very dizzy, spacy and emotional. As a result, I have bruises on top of my bruises from two, separate, unexpected sports falls from the sports I practice regularly (and usually without injury). I wonder if the hormone dosage has changed? I know mine should have been at half it's original dosage by the five year mark, but I didn't experience any of this last time. Has your experience with the second been just as positive as your experience with the first?

2014-08-11 16:34:42 UTC

StacyA

I just got my Paragard today and am experiencing crappy cramps & spotting. I'm 29 and have never been pregnant. It has been very comforting & reassuring to read other women's experiences - positive & negative - with IUDs on this site & others. I'm optimistic that my cramps will be not as horrible tomorrow...or later this week.

2014-08-26 01:15:27 UTC

AnotherRedHead

That doesn't seen right. The Mirena does not have hormones that go throughout your body that would affect mood, emotions, etc. it is hormonal yes, but only local to your uterus.

2014-09-03 16:01:08 UTC

Melissa

I don't think it was that bad! I've never had any kids. I just took ibuprofen, breathed deep, and had a muscle relaxer (highly recommended).

2014-09-06 00:13:11 UTC

Tawny Scarlet

I had the same experience, not at all horrible.

2014-09-06 00:28:46 UTC

Tawny Scarlet

I don't think it was that bad! I've never had any kids. I just took ibuprofen, breathed deep, and had a muscle relaxer (highly recommended).

2014-09-06 00:13:11 UTC

Tawny Scarlet

I had the same experience, not at all horrible.

2014-09-06 00:28:46 UTC

Tawny Scarlet

I had the ParaGard iud and soon became pregnant with in only 4 months of having it and they said that biy me having it and getting pregnant i was a a high righ of misscarrage and i soon after did.

2014-09-15 12:37:45 UTC

Robyn Palmer

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