August 9th, 2013

Mirena to Paragard

Has anyone used Mirena in the past and then switched to Paragard? I had Mirena for only about 6 months before my symptoms were unbearable. I just basically figured out that I don't deal well with hormones. We just had a baby in March and my husband was going to get a vasectomy but he doesn't currently have insurance and we're not sure when he will, so I was thinking on getting the Paragard.

My question is, if you have had Mirena, and then Paragard, were your reactions to it different? I know Paragard can cause heavier periods but that's about the only difference I know of really.
  • kkula

I'm a diva again! But... Heavy bleeding?

I'm an IUD diva again! 22, no kids, in a 5 year relationship, been on loestrinFE24 for about 6 or seven years and am sick of hormones and ready to get off of them as soon as possible. After nearly a year of waiting since my failed Paragard insertion, I finally got it inserted again today! I am staying on my pill for another month as a backup, but then will get off the pill (cross my fingers) as long as I do not expel this IUD.

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Some questions:

Today is the third day of my period, I am still taking the pill, and usually my period is light the third and fourth day, but with the insertion being today, my period seems to be heavier than usual. Light cramps, nothing too out of the ordinary for me even though the insertion was today. Is it common for there to be an increase in flow on the day of insertion? When should I get concerned?

Also, any tips for cramps and bleeding? Natural herbs? OTC medications? Just trying to prep myself for heavier periods and worse cramps once I get off hormones this month.