Thanks for asking. The boys are doing well, my 11 week old has his first cold and is pitiful. My oldest just turned 3 and is so full of himself. He is a big help with his little brother, but we have experienced a few setbacks with potty training and behavior. Overall everyone is adjusting well. I hope you and your family are doing well.
I will let you know how everything goes with the IUD.
Trish - I don't have any personal experience with either IUD yet but I know one major different between the Paraguard (copper IUD) and the Mirena is how each tend to affect your bleeding. The copper IUD can make your periods heavier, longer, and crampier but the Mirena tends to do the opposite.
That's the reason I'm planning on the Mirena - I have horrid periods and hope the Mirena will change that. I'd never even consider the Paraguard because of the risk of heavier periods. I can't imagine them getting any worse.
Trish- I love my IUD! No worries about pills, foams, condoms, creams, etc. The only thing with mine is the heavy bleeding during my menses. It never bothered me until about a year ago. Now, it is just getting annoying. I have spoken with many women who have had the copper T and most have said that it really hasn't been much of a difference in the quantity/quality of their cycles. There are those, however, that are like me and get to "enjoy" longer cycles (mine last on average about 8-10 days) and heavier bleeding. This is a small price to pay for the convenience of "no worry" birth control for 10 years! I recommend to every patient I counsel on birth control to try the IUD (mostly the copper T due to most insurances not covering the Mirena). I am getting older and am sick of the heavy cycles. Sice I have had not problems with the Copper, I know the Mirena will work PERFECTLY for me. I will be sure to let you know how they compare when I get the Mirena in July or August.
LEG- I am glad everything went well with the US. Most of the time, the breakthrough bleeding stops within the first few months of Mirena placement. Let us know how everything turns out.
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I had the Mirena for two years - I REALLY did not want to get pregnant or have to think about not missing a pill during my intern year.
I loved it. I had some mild side effects similar to the pill for the first two weeks only. My periods almost completely disappeared. I had a light 2-3 day period about 3-4 times during the entire time I had the Mirena.
This is all great.
Then I had it removed, and ever since then I have not been able to get pregnant. The company's statistics say that there is no difference in the fertility of women off Mirena compared to controls, so my problem is probably not typical and may not have to do anything with the Mirena. However, I do not have any other explanation right now as I had 2 pregnancies before the Mirena that happened immediately and I am still under 30 and ovulating.