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For Birth Control "I have had the Paragard for one year and one month. The insertion was uncomfortable and painful which was expected. I bled for the first three months straight. My period lasts 10 days and I have two weeks in between. I get cramps that feel like contractions that make me almost fall to my knees or faint. I can't use tampons because I bleed too much and I have to change my overnight pad every hour. I get cramps THROUGHOUT the month even when I'm not on my period and sharp shooting pains on my left side when I try to sleep. I have also developed cystic acne which responds to NOTHING, hair loss and mood disorders. I have had it checked by a doctor and they said I'm fine. I am going to have it removed next week."

Listentoyourbody May 27, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had Paraguard inserted 6 weeks after my second child. I've had it for over 10 years. Insertion was pretty painful, about a 6 on the pain scale. For 3 days after my abdomen was swollen and I was uncomfortable enough to need prescription pain relief. My periods last 2 days longer are heavier and ovulation can hurt really bad about twice a year. I had horrible side effects with hormonal birth control. It's been the best BC I've ever had, it really is liberating to not have to worry. I'm 5 yrs overdue to get it removed because where I lived no one was trained to deal with it. I'm going to get another one when I have this one removed."

   
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Anonymous May 26, 2017

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For Birth Control "So paragard worked great for 3 years till I got pregnant with twins at the worst time in my life. Just got back to work that I now I have to quit soon. I did my yearly check ups and 6 months before I got pregnant was my last exam and it was perfect. Well the ultra sound and doctor both said the IUD was in place perfect and had no idea how we got pregnant... do not take this method unless u want pregnant."

   
1.0

deluxesp (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 24, 2017

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For Birth Control "I absolutely love my ParaGard IUD choice. It has been the best choice for me in terms of birth control as hormonal birth control was not something that I wanted to be on any longer. I did not find insertion painful, more like a heavy period cramp that lasted 10-20 seconds. I had light cramping with my periods prior to the IUD insertion and my cramping has not changed significantly at all. My cycle is slightly longer. The first few months were tender and I did have some increased cramping initially but it returned to my normal within a few months. I also experienced a pH change in the first few months resulting in a vaginal infection. This went away after my body adjusted to the IUD. Since then, it has been such a great choice!"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 23, 2017

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For Birth Control "I was very nervous about getting the Paragard IUD after reading many reviews. I decided I still wanted to try it and honestly insertion was not painful at all. I read from so many different reviews of woman describing it as the worst feeling they've experienced. I was also advices to take ibuprofen before my appointment which I didn't do. I just felt pressure and not pain. I guess I was lucky! I don't really cramp and when I do it's not too painful. Prior to the Paragard my periods were very light which has changed a bit. They're not too heavy. Overall happy I went through with it!"

   
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Cinthya J. May 22, 2017

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For Birth Control "Always do research before putting anything in your body. My doctor said it was safe with no symptoms except heavy periods which were crazy heavy! The actual procedure isn't bad. However, I had extreme hip pain for weeks afterwards. My stomach was always bloated and depending on how I moved, I would get a sharp pain in my lower stomach. I had extreme anxiety and depression. I couldn't sleep and I was tired all the time. I had to take sleeping pills. And holy mood swings! I cried because I ran out of hot water in the shower... The worse part was my hair falling out in clumps!!! After 2 1/2 months I was done. I've been off of it for a month and I feel so much better. My mood is better, no pain, and I'm able to sleep without pills."

   
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Riley24 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 22, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had this placed when my third child was 2 or 3 months old. Some background: I had my first kid at 18 and immediately started pills after I had him but managed to get pregnant when he was 5 months old. After baby #2 I did the shot and nuva ring and got pregnant when #2 was 2 (the nuva ring had fallen out prematurely)! I heard horror stories about Paragard but decided to give it a shot and it is amazing. Honestly the insertion pain wasn't that bad. The speculum part hurt much more than insertion. I had cramps for a few days and super heavy periods for about a year and spotting in between periods for 3 years. I'm at 4 years now and my period is super consistent and normal flow. Husband doesn't feel it all and neither do I."

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 21, 2017

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For Birth Control "Worst birth control ever. Don't get it."

Carla Di May 20, 2017

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For Birth Control "I cannot speak for the effectiveness of this birth control method, since I have had it for a very short time, however the insertion was nowhere near as painful as I expected. The doctor and nurse at the clinic I went to both warned that it would be very painful for a short time, but it was less than 30 seconds of sudden cramping, followed by a day of very dull cramping. I'd rate it as a 1 on the pain scale of 1-10. The doctor mentioned that if the insertion was relatively painless (it was for me), then the cramping experienced later, during the first days of a period, would also be very manageable as well."

   
9.0

PRB23 May 20, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had the Paraguard IUD for 4 years it was effective birth control however, it has caused more harm to my body than good. I am not one to bash but if you like to see if you like feeling happy, if nausea and head aches are not your thing Do Not Get this Device at least until you do your research."

   
1.0

Paragard Hell Ride (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 20, 2017

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For Birth Control "Awful! Made me have heavy periods for 2 years! Painful sex, depression, weight gain, anemia, insomnia, caused my gallbladder disease and if not bad enough embedded in my uterus and had to be surgically removed. Don't use."

Sjohnson83 May 20, 2017

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For Birth Control "Unbalanced ph the entire time"

   
4.0

Khppppp (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 20, 2017

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For Birth Control "This thing was causing so many problems for me. I bled like I was hemorrhaging during my 10-12 day periods with cramps so bad I could barely get out of bed to take care of my children. I was weak, exhausted, beyond moody, and struggled with depression. Not to mention my anxiety going to levels I didn't know existed for me. I had Paragaurd for 2 years before reading about other women with similar issues and making the choice to get it removed. My reason for choosing Paragaurd was all the issues I'd had with hormonal bc, but the side effects with this was far far worse."

   
1.0

Brandi A. (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 20, 2017

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For Birth Control "I literally just got this put in 15 minutes ago! I wanted to report because I've spent this whole week stressing about the insertion. Turns out it didn't hurt much at all! I'm experiencing a little cramping and bloating now but I was expecting a lot worse considering the other comments. I'm 22, never had kids, and am trying to get off the pill (currently still taking). I'll comment at a later date but the insertion was nothing especially for someone who is a chronic worrier like me. Good luck"

Sick of hormones! (taken for less than 1 month) May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had the Paragard placed shortly after my second son was born. I was teaching at that time. I moved over that summer & worked in another edu related field. I started getting difficulties with focus & concentration. I developed anxiety and depression. I tried to teach again but my body could no longer handle stress. I went through years of therapy & doctors trying to give antidepressants & anti anxiety medication. I had the iud removed & was able to get pregnant after. Pregnancy holds onto copper & I had PPD after this pregnancy. Depression & anxiety worsened. It was affecting my nervous system causing electrical shocks in my hands & feet. I had high unbound copper & finally found the right DR to help clear the copper & decrease inflammation"

   
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K Ellison May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "HORRIBLE! It caused severe angioedema, very heavy uncomfortable periods and when they pulled it out it was corroded. DO NOT EVER GET ONE! Read the package inserts!!! If I could rate less than 1, I would."

   
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Shayelee (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "After having my 3rd child I had the Paragard inserted March 2017. I thought it was a great option because it was hormone free. I got my first period and it was normal but in April I did not get a period at all and was worried I was pregnant. The past month I have been severely bloated to the point that I look 5 months pregnant. It's not the baby weight because I had been working out 5 days a week and my stomach was relatively flat again until the last month. The bloating is very uncomfortable as well. It is now May 2017 and for the past two weeks I have been nauseous, had cramps and been spotting. I finally got my period yesterday and it is very heavy to the point I bled through two outfits. I used to have a light period that lasted 2 days."

   
3.0

Coley0982 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "Sharp pains randomly through the cycle. Prolonged periods up to 13 days of bleeding. Excessive blood loss lead to fatigue, emotional instability, dry flakey skin and scalp, brittle hair as well as hair loss and I'm only 22. Reoccurring yeast infections almost every other month. Stopped pregnancy but wasn't worth the side effects. Had it just over a year."

   
3.0

Juleskayak (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "Was affective , but was the worst thing I've done to my self . Gained 30 pounds , mood swings like crazy , many other reactions that the doctors swore wasn't because of it. I've had it out for three months and I finally feel normal again!"

   
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Anonymous May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "This so called birth control took away 4 years of my life I can never get back! I ended up with copper toxicity, my hair fell out in clumps, my periods were so heavy I couldn't even leave my house because I was severely eniemic...let's not mention the severe anxiety that again kept me a prisoner in my home. When I finally had the torture device removed it came out rusty and falling apart! I still suffer long term effects from it. It needs to be removed from the market ...nothing good comes from it!"

   
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Always _sabrina90909 May 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "I chose Paragard because it is currently the only non medicated birth control option in the United States. It's important to remember that each person experiences side effects differently, so keep an open mind. Initial insertion was the worst pain I've ever experienced and had to have prescription strength pain relief prescribed... But after a few days I was back to normal. I have now had my IUD for over a year and the side effects are pretty consistent - I know what to expect now and I stay prepared. Heavy periods, intense cramping, night sweats during my period. I always keep panty liners in my purse b/c this thing has a mind of its own. Is it worth it? Yes. If you can stand some pain, you'll be fine!"

CNY May 17, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had my daughter 2010 in December When she was 3 Months old I thought I was pregnant again (the horror at 18). I went to my local health clinic to see about what form of birth control would be best for me. The next day I was coming in for an IUD; A ParaGard! Well I had my IUD for several years and really just experienced mild pain and occasionally morning sickness. In 2015 of March (always get pregnant that month) I got pregnant & I didn't know I was pregnant until I had my period for 45 days. In 2016 I tried to have it removed and you guessed it, it was inbeded in my cervix (not put in correctly, several docs agreed) . June2, 17 I will have surgery to finally have it removed . Cant wait! baby#2 2018 hopefully :)"

   
5.0

MYAH'S MOMMA (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 12, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had the paragard IUD in for five years, it is supposed to be effective up to ten years but I got pregnant in my fifth year of having it and subsequently had to have an abortion. This was the single most horrific experience of my life."

   
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Ash1980 May 11, 2017

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For Birth Control "I am 32 and had my daughter in Dec 2015. I had the IUD places in April of 2016. This has been one of the worst experiences I've had. I have never been one to have any health issues and have been a very active person. I started having high blood pressure out of nowhere. I had to be put on meds.I noticed that my period was longer than I was used to and heavier (8 days or so). Later down the line I noticed my hair and scalp was extremely dry, my hair started coming out like I left some type of chemical left in it. I also started having anxiety (which I never have had a problem with) and then These contraction like pains that came around my period and then after. While it did keep me from getting pregnant the issues are not worth it. removed 5/10"

   
2.0

PACMsmommy (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 11, 2017

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For Birth Control "Got Paraguard inserted on my period, I'm 21 and never have had a baby. I would describe the pain as a couple deep strong cramps, but nothing horrible. My doctor numbed my uterus before hand. I had cramps right away that were pretty bad but nothing too crazy for the first few hours. After the numbing wore off, I had what I could only describe as intense labor pains/contractions. Advil did nothing and it was awful. Called my doc and she gave me Tylenol #3 which helped a lot. The pain subsided 3 days later, although I still have some cramps here and there when I exert myself too much, it's been good. My boy friend doesn't feel the strings. My period has never been heavy but now its heavy. Other than that I'm satisfied. Only paid $40 out of pocket!"

Marleeray (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 11, 2017

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