Mirena and Paragard Facts

February 10, 2011

The IUD can be a very effective form of birth control for many women, but can also have certain drawbacks. Either way, women tend to have very strong feelings about the IUD, one way or another, and below are paraphrased comments noted most often. When making your decision regarding the use of an IUD for birth control you should discuss it thoroughly with your doctor, and make sure he has a full medical history.

Side Effects of Mirena

· Many women found the insertion of the Mirena to be fairly painful, describing it as "intense cramping" for at least half an hour following insertion. Other women, especially those who have not have children reported pain lasting up to a week or more.

· Women who have formerly had very heavy periods with excessive pain and cramping note that their periods were much lighter following the insertion of Mirena, and that, overall, they had less cramping.

· Many women found they gained approximately 10-20 pounds with Mirena, probably due to the hormones.

· Several women noted having flu-like symptoms and being excessively tired for several weeks-or even months-following insertion of Paragard.

· Women who had just given birth found ParaGard to be a good birth control option. One woman noted she had her first period following giving birth immediately after Paragard was inserted.

· Some women's partners complained of being able to feel the strings of the ParaGard or Mirena during sex, and that it was an uncomfortable experience.

· Almost all women recommended taking Motrin prior to having an IUD inserted as it could be somewhat painful and cause cramping.

· Some women found they were more prone to vaginal infections once they had the IUD inserted, and in some cases the severity of the infections was so great they had the IUD taken out.

· Some women who used Mirena felt "sluggish and moody" the entire time they had the IUD in, and felt better once it was removed.

· A very few women required a valium or other anti-anxiety drug to get through the insertion procedure as they were very nervous about the process and felt it to be much more than "moderately painful."

· One writer stated she was extremely tired to the point she was unable to function or think after getting the Mirena IUD inserted, and that she had extremely heavy periods after having normal to light periods her entire life. She had the Mirena removed, and felt like she got back to "normal."

· Young women who had not had children tended not to be big fans of the IUD, finding it especially painful.

· A majority of women found the insertion procedure to have not been as bad as they actually expected, although there were others who considered it to be much worse.

· Women are fairly unanimous about both the effectiveness of the IUD, as well as the ability to forget about their birth control for five to ten years.

· Some women reported severe headaches and nausea or dizziness after receiving the IUD.

· It's not recommended that women who have a history of stroke or heart attack use the Mirena IUD due to the hormones, and women who smoke should also speak to their doctor prior to using Mirena.

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