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Old 12-28-2014, 08:32 AM
Location: ATL & LA
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Hey everyone!

I'm trying to decide which method of birth control is best for me. I am going to the gyno in a few weeks and would like to have my mind mostly made up by then. Of course I'll listen to her opinion too, but I also believe that doctors just push whatever brand they are pushing at that time... So I'd like to have some information going in beforehand.

I've read a lot of arguments for and against Mirena and Paragard. I like the idea of Paragard more, because it's hormone-free. I have been on various types of birth control over the years, and the hormones really messed with me mentally and physically, so I'd like to avoid them at all costs. Even though I've read that Mirena shouldn't mess with your hormones, I've also read horror stories about people developing terrible migraines and acne from them, both of which I've suffered from in the past from birth control pills. I think the biggest problem people have with Paragard is that it can make your periods heavier and your cramps worse. I've never had a problem with cramps before, either on or off the pill, so I'd be willing to take this side effect over things like terrible acne and migraines from the hormones.

What is your opinion on each? Thanks so much!
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:50 PM
Location: Georgia, USA
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It sounds to me like you already have a preference for something non-hormonal. Your doctor can go over the pros and cons of each based on your personal situation. Most women could probably use either, but women with heavy, painful periods should really consider the Mirena. If that is not a problem and you are willing to accept possibly slightly more flow and maybe cramps, then try the Paragard.

Neither choice is irreversible. Either can always be removed if side effects are intolerable.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:40 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I just got the Mirena a couple of weeks ago. My doctor had suggested it a year ago but I was afraid to do it. I finally decided to get it because I'm tired of really heavy periods and cramps, and because I had endometrial hyperplasia before and the hormones in the Mirena are supposed to keep it from coming back. My tubes are tied, so I'm not using Mirena for birth control, just for the effects of the hormones on my cycle.

I had a slight headache for the first 5 days after it was inserted. I have not had any cramps during my period, and my period has not been nearly as heavy as usual. I have been on my period for 10 days though instead of my usual 7. I read that the Mirena can cause heavier bleeding or bleeding between periods for the first six months, so it was not unexpected. My cramps are usually so bad that I have trouble sleeping or doing any of my normal activities, so it's nice not to have them. I also usually have a heavy enough period that I have trouble leaving the house on the heaviest two days, and that didn't happen this time. So far, I am pleased with the Mirena.

I am diabetic and when I've had to take hormones in the past, it caused my blood sugar to go up. The Mirena has not caused any changes in my meter readings, other than being higher the day it was inserted, probably because of the discomfort of the procedure.
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Old 12-29-2014, 01:10 AM
Location: Centro Tejas
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I had Paragard. Despite it's "non hormonal", it can imitate the effects of estrogen. Also, Paragard can increase the intensity of your periods. Last but not least; get tested for copper allergies before getting one on.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:31 AM
Location: ATL & LA
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Thanks for the feedback so far! Maybe I should be open to the idea of Mirena a little more...?

Would love to hear more people's experience with both! Please keep it coming.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:51 AM
Location: State College PA
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I had the Mirena for quite a while. Basically, the periods go away, and you may spot occasionally, and that's it. I was so paranoid about getting pregnant (nothing but abstinence is 100%!!), and there's no way to know with no flow. It did *cough, cough* make certain positions a little uncomfortable, btw.

My DH is fixed now, if not I would've considered another one.
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