I didn't have the paraguard, but I did have Mirena. The hormones are so low it is safe to nurse and the effects do not linger in your system upon removal. In fact I didn't have any side effects while I had mine other than light period.
Hopefully someone who has had the paraguard will respond.
I have been on the pill now for a few years, and I just learned about ParaGard-- unlike the other IUD mentioned, this one has no hormones, and once inserted by the doctor, it lasts for up to 10 years, but you can take it out whenever you want. According to the website, since there are no hormones, you can start trying for pregnancy immediately after you take it out, and on the flip side, it supposedly begins working the day you have it put in! (no few week waiting period like the pill)
I've been thinking about it because I am really bad about remembering to take my pill, and to take it at the same time. I always freak myself out, and the idea of never having to remember that sounds really good!
Hi, I would be interested in seeing the replies to this aswell. Can I ask if you have ever been on the pill? And why ur chosing IUD?
i have had a Para Gard. My side effects were so bad I had it removed this week. I had it for almost 2 yrs. The entire time I have had very low hemoglobine. I have started having migraines I never had them before. I really thought that the Para Gard was going to be the answer for me. My husband and I have been married for almost 15 years and we have six children. I can not take birth control because of family history of breast cancer. I would not reccommend the Para Gard. I have had severe cramp and horrible monthly cycles. I nver had any kind of health problems or female problems until I used the para gard.
I have used paraguard for over 7 mos. I have always had PMS and since insertion of the paraguard, cramps are twice as strong and menstural bleeding is a lot heavier. On the other hand, my doctor has used the paraguard for several years without any symptoms.I only recommend the paraguard if you are willing to ride out possible side effects for the 1st few months. I myself am planning to have it removed if problems persistat a year after insertion.
Hope this helps.
Thank you all for your honest answers!!! This helps alot.