-Pre-IUD, I only relied on condoms. I avoided the pill and other methods that contained estrogen for migraines with aura. Regular periods, no cramping.
-I used the Mirena for a year and a half, patiently giving it time to fully "settle in" before having it removed. I really wanted this method to work, but I ended up with a near-constant light period. I wore a pantyliner and dealt with heavy brown spotting nearly every day.
-I've been using the Paragard for two and a half years now. For at least six months, I had had incredibly looong periods. This means ~5 days of spotting, ~6 days of flow, and ~4 days of spotting on the tail end. Two and a half years post-insertion, the spotting is reduced, but my flow is still remarkably heavy. On my heaviest days, I empty my Moon Cup every 3 hours, losing more in 5 hours than the average woman does in her entire period. In total, It lasts about 9 days. In the past two years, I've experimented with red raspberry leaf and vitamin E to reduce the flow and/or duration of my period. The 9-day period is a result of vitamin E supplements!
What about SKYLA (jaydess outside of the US)?
Insertion stories are great and all, but after years of frustrating long-term side effects from other IUDs, I'm most interested in the long-term experience. Has anyone with constant spotting using the Mirena had a better experience with Skyla? Let's hear it!!