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7.8/10 Average Rating

383 Ratings with 386 User Reviews

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ParaGard (copper): "I've had ParaGard since March of 2015 (it's now May 2016) and am looking to have it removed. Pros: It's hormone free (huge plus if you're a breastfeeding mom and dont want your milk supply to decrease). And the insertion process wasnt so bad. Some cramping afterwards and bleeding for quite a few days after. Cons: I constantly have discharge and have to wear pantiliners on a regular basis. And I'm not talking light discharge. It's thick, gooey and muscousy. I have gone to 2 different OBGYNs regarding this (to make sure I didnt have an infection) & both said it's a normal side effect. It seriously grosses me out & this is the main reason I am getting it taken out. My periods are also heavy and last 7-10 days. Its awful! Time for a new BC."

   
5.0

JennyMN May 23, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "Hey guys .I've decided to post because I've heard so many horror stories about the Paraguard IUD. I've tried Depo, the pill, and even the Nexplanon Implant and they all didn't work due to hormonal side effects.They were all hell.I'm only 20 in college and being miserable is the last thing on my mind due to birth control.The Paraguard IUD was my last option and it has been absolutely amazing.Before any birth control I had a heavy flow, very painful period . With the Paraguard my first two days are the only days I cramp and it's not too bad.My flow is pretty normal I can get away with wearing a regular tampon and it lasts 6 days.I love it because I can predict my period and it is very accurate. No mood swings or anything. AMAZING !"

   
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CollegeGirlZ (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 23, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I had a stroke in January 2016, the doctors' theory is that it was the hormones I was using for birth control. They had me take out my Nuvaring immediately. I needed a non-hormonal birth control and my gyn said the Paragard was the best thing for 10 years. He inserted it the day I met with him, so I had no pain killers, I swore a blue streak when they put it in. Spotted for a week afterwards, but i'm on massive doses of blood thinnners to prevent another stroke. So i'm on my second period since insertion, and I'm bleeding like i got shot between the legs, again, the blood thinners make it worse. i'm trying to be patient and hope it gets better after the meds are stopped. Can't beat 10 years and no hormones."

   
6.0

Jenodd May 22, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I got it in 2 and a half years ago at 33 after 4 kids knowing I was finished having babies, absolutely love it best thing ever the no hormones suits me perfectly tried many different pills never agreed with me, heavy painful periods to begin with but manageable."

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 22, 2016

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"UPDATE: I got the Paragard almost exactly a month ago, so far everything seems great, noticed a lot more discharge then usual but very watery. My period was actually better with no cramps. Did spot a week before my period on/off. My boyfriend can feel the strings at times. I did have really bad cramps one time during sex like labor pains almost for about 10 mins, not sure if it has to do anything with the iud. Anyway I would recommend if you get this iud use it with something else like condoms or have him pull out just to be on the safer side!"

   
9.0

Sarah S (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 22, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I have had the copper IUD for close to two weeks. Unprotected sex with my boyfriend and long term birth control are the ONLY pros. Cons include: acne, anxiety, low sex drive, fatigue, weight gain (4 pounds in one week). cramps, random shooting pains. I am a thin woman with a high metabolism & have found it impossible to lose the weight. I look puffy & feel horrible. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone. I'm getting it removed today."

   
1.0

MsLiz123 May 20, 2016

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"So far the experience has been great , being 2 . With three kids I wanted something that was easy to do and with the pargard it's one incision and done. It didn't hurt as I was expecting either, just a few cramps an hour afterwards. I've had it for about a month now. As I have read the period cramps are supposed to worsen and I'm definitely not looking forward to that, so hopefully it won't be so bad. But so far everything is going good. And I'd recommend it to anyone who can't remember to take a pill, doesn't like needles, or would prefer not to have a plastic piece in their arm."

   
9.0

Optimistic person May 20, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "Had this inserted after my son was born. Chose it because there were no hormones involved. The procedure itself was very simple. It didnt hurt. Felt like a pinch and thats it. I wore it for a year, didn't get pregnant. So I guess it did what it was supposed to do. But my periods were horrible. I used to have the easiest periods. After putting paraguard, periods went on for upto 10 days. Pads would be super soaked and I was afraid to put on tampons. After a year, the thread came off. Thats when I decided to get rid of it. I won't wear it again, or recommend it. But then again, if you dont like it, you can always take it out (setting aside all the severe complications)"

   
4.0

Diwills May 19, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "So first off I got the paraguard inserted in which was very painful, but fast. I ended up have extreme cramps a couple days after getting it causing me to miss work. A month after after everything seemed great sex felt normal and it seemed like it wasn't even there. But once my first period came I had the worst cramps of my life to where I felt dizzy almost to the point of passing out! I was so freaked out I ended up going to the emergency room; because it was the weekend and I didn't want to wait to see my gyno.I had bacterial vaginosis it was extremely painful so I realized I had to get it taken out and as soon as I got the paragard taking out the dizziness is gone the nausea was gone I had no more symptoms I do not recommend it!"

   
5.0

Virgo22 May 17, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "So happy this last for 10 years! 25 years old(I had it inserted a year ago)Now I gave it 9/10 due to the heavy bleeding for the first 3-4 months, Once you get over that hill Its amazing. No hormones which was VERY important for me personally. So if your looking for a very effective birth control, look no further! Just expect heavy bleeding for at least a few months, It gets better you just have to let your body adjust to the new device."

   
9.0

Trina95 (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 17, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I was 21 when I got it and removed it after a year. The insertion wasn't bad but the side effects were terrible. I went from no cramps to cramping often. Periods were 2 weeks spotting, 1 week HEAVY FLOW. I couldn't wear tampons as they would immediately leak. It filled a thick pad within 1-2 hours. Constant embarrassment when going out because I would somehow always leak, and it ruined some vacations as I couldn't swim while on my period. I dealt with this nightmare of only having 1 week/month without a period for a year, thinking my period would go back to normal after 6 months, it never did. My bf could also feel the string poking him when we had sex, which sucked. It may work for some but I definitely would not recommend it."

   
4.0

MML1888 May 14, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I went and had my Paragard inserted about a month ago . The procedure was honestly sooooo terrifying (never had children & cramps are always painful) but It didn't hurt as much as I thought. Once you relax the insertion is really easy & quick . I did spot for a couple days after but I was told thats normal. The cramps the Paragard gave me felt nothing like my normal period cramps. It was a few sharp pains in my abdominals but thats it. Me nor my partner are uncomfortable during intercourse & the 10 year plan is definitely a plus. Highly recommend the Paragard for young ladies who aren't looking to start a family anytime soon or have had trouble remembering to take the pill . I almost forgot , who doesnt love a harmone free birth control "

   
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LasheaEspinosa May 12, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I got the paragard IUD about 7 months ago. The initial process of getting it inserted was pretty painful but SO fast! I wouldn't say my experience with the IUD was terrible but it has its downsides. I've always had bad cramps and a pretty decent flow. I knew going into this that paragard would only make these things worse. Honestly, I can deal with the cramps and 10 day long periods. However, recently I'm discovering that I've gained about 20lbs in the past 6 months. It's all happening in my mid section and I've read other women's stories claiming the same. It wouldn't surprise me if it was the paragard. I've always easily gained weight on birth control, that's why I went with paragard. I plan to have it removed next week."

   
9.0

Jess54 May 10, 2016

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"I'm 38 and never been prego. Was inserted today-- I'm on my fifth day of my period. Didn't take any meds before. Insertion was pain-full. It took about 3 minutes-- during which i experienced two very sharp deep cramps. Afterwards took 3 Aleve... The cramps came in waves for about an hour-- was difficult to drive home. Took another 2 Aleve once i got home and that did the trick. A few hrs later Aleve wore off and painful cramping in abdomen and in lower back came on full forse. Had to take 6 Aleve and can still slightly feel the cramps. Now, I am used to having pretty bad cramps during the first two days of my period but the cramps I have experienced with this are on another level. Will write again in a month..."

Nixo May 10, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I was so scared to get it but i went in and it was so easy. You feel a little pinch and a small cramp and you are done. Very mild cramping after like the onset of a period..you bleed a little for a day. I did it 8 weeks after having my baby. I havent had it long enough to comment on how it affects my period but the process was a piece of cake."

   
9.0

Laine8418 May 9, 2016

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"Just got my Paragard 5 days ago at my 4 week postpartum checkup. I have a history of endometriosis so I was prepared to have some crazy pain at insertion. I was pleasantly surprised that it was quick and had only very slight cramping. I actually looked up and said "That's it?!" I had read too many terrible stories and had myself all worried for nothing. So far, the past 4 days I had bleeding like a regular period. Not super heavy, just average but it could also still be postpartum bleeding too. Cramps and low back pain are present but not unbearable, I took Advil and I have been ok."

   
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DangerousCurves (taken for less than 1 month) May 9, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I initially got the IUD because it contained no hormones and seemed like a liberating birth control option. I wanted to love it so bad that I allowed myself to bleed for seven months EVERY SINGLE DAY before I decided it was time to beg a doctor to get it out of me. The insertion is not as bad as everyone says, slightly painful but quick! Despite the insertion being manageable, the terrible pain that I endured for hours after insertion made me fear for my life. I had the worst cramps of my life, I felt like I was going to pass out from pain and seriously contemplated going to the emergency room. Long story short, nine months later an ultrasound revealed that the IUD had migrated south...that explained the pain! I wouldn't recommend it."

   
2.0

Veggiegoddess (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 8, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I had my iud put in last Thursday. I have four children so the pain during the insertion was a 3 on a scale of 10. Had spotting which now three days later turned to a light flow. No cramping yet. So far so great will give another review after check up next month."

   
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Phatpooh May 7, 2016

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"Okay, I'm 25, never been on bc before, typically a 5 day period, never experienced period cramps, pretty high pain threshold. I've had the paragard in for ~ 6 hours & I'm fairly comfortable. I feel very very mild pressure in my lower back but nothing worrisome. Insertion was so painful, I definitely didn't expect that, didn't premedicate & just had to deal with it, but it was so painful! I held my breath the entire time, luckily after 1 min or 2, It was over. I'll say this much, I'm pretty nervous. I actually thought I was getting Mirena & I read up about that & felt pretty comfortable but then I got there & my gynecologist said the insurance only covers paragard & I just went with the flow. But after read the reviews, I'm terrified!"

   
9.0

Prim22 (taken for less than 1 month) May 7, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I've had Paragard since middle 2009 and we're now in middle 2016 so a total of about 7 years. I'm in a serious relationship and have intimate relations a lot and have not gotten pregnant at all. The first 6 months I had internal pain with my body getting used to a foreign object becoming permanently a part of me, but after those months I get my regular monthly cycles (sometimes they are off but that is normal) and my cramps are the same as before I got it inserted. I would recommend"

   
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Mari G. May 6, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "Got my Paraguard a little over a month ago. Insertion lasted less than 30 seconds. It was mostly uncomfortable, not painful, instant cramps. Bearable with Advil. Spotted and had cramps for a month afterwards, again bearable with Advil (and yes, I had sex, spotting wasn't heavy at all, I'm talking like the lightest panty liner ever.) First period was light and short. It was actually better than my regular period. No more spotting and cramps after first period. Second period, NO CRAMPS, even lighter, even shorter. I forget I have it. Not pregnant. Sex is rad. No harmones. Going in for a follow up in a few weeks. Loving life and loving my Paraguard, I even convinced my friend to get one and get off the pill."

   
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MandyMandyMandy May 5, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I've had paragard for over 6 years. No issues at all. My periods last a little bit longer. Grateful for a hormone free birth control!!!"

   
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GraceTiffany May 3, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "My CNP was very knowledgeable, friendly, and gentle with me. She informed me that there would be, "three large cramps" with this procedure, and she was not kidding.The cramps were the most intense I've ever felt, she said women who've had children compared them to minor contractions. For women, like me, who haven't had children opening your cervix is not pleasant and is very painful. I had to make her stop due to becoming lightheaded. The whole thing was very short, it was over within 5 minutes. I did have to lay on the table since I was prone to fainting. Take ibuprofen an hour before, and don't drive yourself! My cramps have been very severe ever since I got it done 4 hours ago, even on 1,000mg of Ibuprofen, 20mg Tramadol, 100mg Naproxen"

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2016

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ParaGard (copper): "I had the paragard in for 14 days before finding out it gave me pelvic inflammatory disease. It has been one of the most painful experiences of my life. The insertion was not bad but the days following were so bad I almost ended up in the hospital. As soon as it was taken out I feel a million times better. If you have any nickel or metal allergies I would try something else too. I was told this wouldn't effect me with a nickel allergy but I honestly think that was the issue. I hate hormones but nothing was worth this amount of issues and risking my fertility completely."

   
1.0

Gettrude April 30, 2016

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"So I've had my Paragard for 6 mos now, after being on Yasmin till pregnancy and then no birth control for a year. Lemme break it down. I consider myself to have a pretty high pain tolerance. I disregarded the advice to take pain meds prior to insertion, and that was a bad move! The pain during insertion and immediately after was prrrrretty horrible. After that, there was some mildly irritating cramping the rest of the day, but nothing horrible. Now, my first period after the IUD - holy moly. It came in the night, and I was not prepared....it looked like a massacre occurred on my couch. My next 3 to 4 periods were HEAVY. Like, super plus tampon every couple hours. I'm happy to say that after 6 months, it's not like that anymore!!"

   
9.0

honeyrabbit (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 28, 2016

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