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No period on ParaGuard?

Question for you ladies with ParaGuard... I know Mirena can diminish or even get rid of periods entirely, but I haven't heard much about ParaGuards doing the same thing. I got mine last October (making it almost 6 months now), and up until this month, I'd had a heavier flow and more cramping (though neither unbearable). This month, I got some stabby cramping right on schedule, and some spotting thereafter, but my actual period has yet to be seen. Strings are in place and all that. Any advice?

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elettaria
Mar. 17th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Copper IUDs do not stop periods, although in some women (seems to be the minority) they can cause irregularity, especially if you are just off HBC, so it may just be that. Depending on how regular your cycle is and how late this period is, plus allowing for any disturbances caused by stress (bear in mind that disturbances delaying your period always occur before in the first half of the cycle, as the time from ovulation to menstruation is pretty much fixed but ovulation may be delayed), I'd start weighing up the pregnancy risk. It's extremely unlikely, but the thing about IUDs is that if you do get pregnant with one in, you have to take it very seriously as there are likely to be complications (very high miscarriage risk, increased risk of ectopic pregnancy). When I got my IUD, the gynaecologist impressed on me that if I had a late period or signs of pregnancy, I should get myself to the clinic immediately. In my case, I'd probably start worrying about two weeks after it was due, as I have a mildly irregular cycle.
fyrebyrd
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I've had a period since the last time I had sex, so pregnancy is -really- unlikely. My cycle has never been terribly regular (it's gotten a bit moreso on ParaGuard, but only a bit), so I'm thinking I'll wait it out for a bit longer.
sweet_evil
Mar. 17th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I have had my paraguard for almost 2 years. I used to be very regular, but now, I hardly ever have a period. I haven't had one in 3-4 months now. I have been to my doctor - and she tells me that she doesn't think it is so much the paraguard, but the fact that in the past year and a half I have been working out pretty hard core. Apparently, athletics in females can sometimes make the bleeding dissapear... Although - I do still go through "time periods" of cramps, cravings, moodiness - just no actual bleeding.

Like I said - I am not certain of the reason for it, but I am a paraguard user who previously had regular periods - who really hardly has them anymore.
elettaria
Mar. 17th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Amenonorrhoea can also occur in women who are underweight (particularly anorexics) and on raw food diets.
tisiphone
Mar. 17th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
I've occasionally missed a period or had it show up late on Paragard; keep in mind that your body's still driving with the Paragard, not artificial hormones, so what your body would ordinarily do, it does. We're not made of clockwork, sometimes we miss a period or it comes late. It just about gave me a heart attack last month though!
My advice is just wait it out.
fyrebyrd
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
I have had periods come late before, and it stresses me out to no end, even when I'm damn sure I can't be pregnant. I'm leaving town in a week and a half, so if it's not here by then, I'll get worried. One of the deciding factors between IUDs was that I -wanted- a period so I wouldn't get stressed about not having it.
tisiphone
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Last month is the first time it's happened to me when there was a possibility of me actually being pregnant; normally, I don't worry. If it doesn't show up you can definitely test, though. It might ease some of the stress.
Erica McGuffey
Aug. 30th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
So you didnt have a period for a month then the next month you did?
tisiphone
Aug. 30th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Usually it's showed up a week or two late. The Paragard doesn't have any hormones, so your body mostly does what it does naturally, including sometimes having a late or missed period.
mama_piper
Mar. 17th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
The Paragard shouldn't affect your periods the way the hormonal Mirena does. It has no hormonal affects at all.

If you period is late you should really take a pg test to make sure you aren't pg. I got pg on my IUD unexpectedly last year. It is a very serious and potentially life threatening.

I don't want to scare you, but I'd get to your dr asap. It could also be some sort of hormonal glitch in your system, but better to err on the side of caution!

Best of luck.
rzezidizz
Mar. 17th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
I had this experience in December, after getting my paraguard in August. I actually did have my period 10 days late, and strangest of all, the next period started on the schedule had my other period not been late.

I'm not sure what it means, but just wanted to let you know it happens.
dama_imperfecta
Mar. 17th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
I've been very very regular since having my Paraguard inserted... I would suggest a pregnancy test, though it could be stress or any number of other things.
goingdriftless
Mar. 17th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
You sound like me. Granted, without any birth control at all, my periods are very irregular. But it seems even moreso with the Paragard. Sometimes they come on schedule and are heavy. Sometimes they come and are light but last for 2 weeks at a time. I expected it to arrive about 2 weeks ago and it never did... this week I'm having cramping but still no period... I can't figure out what's going on.

I do keep a few pregnancy tests around... specifically for easing my mind in situations like this. I've taken two and they were both negative. I don't know what's going on... but I'm going to try and not worry too much about it. I see my doctor for a physical next month and will bring it up. But for the moment, I'm just chalking it up as "one of those things"...
2lovebirds
Mar. 17th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
I have had the same experience with the Nova-T (Canadian copper IUD.) My period has been very irregular and for my first cycle I took two pregnancy tests just to be sure! You may want to do that too and if it still doesn't show up, go to see your doctor. I am currently on day 56 of my cycle so I am thinking of doing the same!
briar_witch
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm currently going through the same thing, and last month was similar though I did finally start my period. I've begun saying that my uterus is faking me out. ;)
nebula1500
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I used to be very irregular before I went on HBC, and now that I'm off it and have my Paragard, I'm irregular again. I asked my doctor and she said that whatever your period was like before HBC, it will probably go back to that. She ran some blood tests, and it turns out that some of my hormones are out of whack, so that probably explains it.

I might take a pregnancy test just to be on the safe side, but if you've gotten your period since the last time you had sex, your strings are in place, and you were irregular before getting your Paragard, I'd guess you're fine.
fyrebyrd
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
And I've never been on HBC. I went straight to ParaGuard when I decided that I needed something more than condoms. I know I wouldn't take a pill regularly, so it wouldn't be all that effective, and well, 10 years without having to really think about it? Awesome.
thatnerdygirl
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I think that the big question is how common it is for your periods to be irregular. My cycle goes all over the place. It's been under 28 days a time or two but usually is 4-6 weeks. The longest has been, ahem, 6 months- without any chance of pregnancy. My blood tests came back normal and my period started almost exactly a month after I left the stressful environment I'd been living in during the time it was MIA. Point being, if you've always been like clockwork, this could be a point of major concern. If your cycle tends to get swayed easily, I might take a test for sanity's sake, but wouldn't worry too much yet.
kait77
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
I got mine in September and was having regular periods until January when I suddenly bleed horribly for 3 weeks. I then spotted for 3 more weeks. Now I haven't had a normal period since. I am due for a second ultrasound to check on a small functional ovarian cyst in a week so if there anything up with the IUD they will catch it then. The first showed perfect placement. My hormones are perfect. I stopped Depo last year due to thinning bones switched for a few months to the pill to jump start my periods then to the IUD I am rather frustrated. I spent 4 years without a period on the depo and it was weird but kept being told it was perfectly normal- yeah right and so was gaining more than 60lbs in 3 months with no change in diet or exercise. But now I am worried because no one can explain why my periods suddenly went all wacky. They were doing great and my hormones are back to normal so I should be having regular periods. I was like clockwork before birth control. I just want my body to recover from what has been done to it by the depo shot. I am also scared by this lack of a period after basically 6 weeks of bleeding. My strings seem fine- I have serious arthritis so my husband does the checking. Two pregnancy tests were negative but they were really cheap ones which makes me a little nervous as does the fact I was pregnant in the past with negative tests. This scares the heck out of me. Does anyone here have any experience with this? My doctors office says wait and see what the ultrasound shows unless I start getting cramps or something.
lousli
May. 22nd, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
Hi,
I'm new to this site. I found it when I was doing some research trying to determine what was happening with my cycle/IUD this month. I am wondering if the original poster has an update to how this worked out? I'm having almost the same situation. I'm 34, 2 kids, had my Paragard for about a year now. My periods have been heavier than before, with occasionally some spotting beforehand (but usually only for a few hours to a day), and some cramping. This cycle, I have been cramping since Saturday, feel bloated like I usually do during my period, but I have only had the smallest amounts of brown spotting. The spotting is just barely staining a pad. I have taken 3 pregnancy tests (paranoid and have a dollar store nearby!), and my strings and cervix feel normal. Any thoughts on what might be going on? How long should I wait to call my OB?
fyrebyrd
May. 24th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
I got a pregnancy test done at my local clinic (yay for Kaiser insurance and a nearby hospital - what's better than a dollar? Free!), and it came back negative for me. Eventually, my period did show up, though now my cycle is running off of that one instead of where it had been. Mostly, I think it's lateness was due to stress and general not-taking-care of myself. In general though, I've found my cycle to be a bit longer than it had been pre-IUD. (then again, I've also found my cycle gets longer if I'm having sex regularly, so that might contribute too)

Good luck!
lousli
May. 24th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I FINALLY started later in the evening yesterday. Whew. I was getting ready to call my doctor. I'm glad it is here, but not so thrilled with the timing since I'm traveling on a 6 hour flight tomorrow! : 0
heavenkittykat
Jun. 15th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
My cycles are getting longer too. I'm not "dead on" regular but my cycle is usually 27-29 days w/o using any birth control or any hormonal methods. My first 5 periods with peragard were ok and fall between the 27-29 mark but since 4 months ago my cycles got a bit longer than usual. I freaked out the first time, but the preg test always reveal negative. I track my cycles and for the last four months my cycles were

1. 30 days
2. 34 days
3. 32 days
4. 41 days

I know its not a big of a change. But it really got longer.
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