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For Birth Control "I DO NOT recommend this birth control to anyone. Become informed prior to having a foreign object inserted into your body. I had horrible panic attacks, constant feeling of nausea, digestive issues, heavy periods, and painful sex. My PMS symptoms were 20 days out of a month. I had the paragard for over 4 years before having it removed 2 weeks ago. Getting a piece of plastic with copper wrapped around it shoved into my cervix was a bad idea. I had my first period last week since removal and it was a much easier process. We are given these "safe and effective" forms of birth control so most doctors can push other forms of medications to treat symptoms from the side effects. The pharmaceutical companies run this country. Beware."

   
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Cancarlton2016 July 17, 2017

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For Birth Control "I have birth to my son in Feb 2007. After a rough pregnancy, 46 hours of labor and a csection, I know that is nothing I wanted to experience anytime soon! I had paragard inserted 6 weeks postpartum. I was still in pain from a half healed csection so I may not be the best judge of pain with the insertion. I also have a pretty high pain barrier. I had a few bumps in the road in the beginning. I've always had heavy periods at random times. 5 months after insertion I started having 3-5 day periods with moderate bleeding. Cramping is not awful but periodically it peaks and takes my breath away. Cycle happens like clockwork! I can detect it normally to the day. I also think this has to do with how well you know your body. 10 years and counting!"

Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) July 15, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had my paraguard fitted 3 mths after the birth of my 2nd boy. I chose it as was non hormonal therefore very little side effects should occur. Since having it in I put on weight, I got depression and felt really tired all the time. I thought it was just because of life with 2 little boys plus full time work. 3 1/2 yrs later decided to remove it as was suffering constant BV and antibiotics were not helping. I booked the appointment and started researching and I was shocked with the amount of women complaining about the weight gain, heavy periods, fatigue, depression... I also read some lost weight straight away after getting it out. To my surprise, 3 days after getting it removed I have lost 2lbs and I feel much more energy. I wish I never had in."

Lana_R (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 15, 2017

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For Birth Control "Got it put in in 2015 and no side effects or issues ! I have a clotting disorder that doesn't allow me to have any type of hormone birth control ."

   
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HPierce (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 13, 2017

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For Birth Control "I got the copper IUD for obvious reasons such as no hormones, its in one time and you can forget about it, extremely effective etc. After the insertion I hurt for 3 days straight. Curling up in pain and crying. My periods lasted from 7-14 days, with the most absurd amount of bleeding. I was changing my tampon every 2 hours absolutely saturated. I would get sharp pain at random times and my partner could feel the strings. Once I decided to take it out, I literally felt 'lighter' the instant it was taken out. I was a strange feeling, not really explainable, but the best word for it is lighter because my uterus was so happy to have a forgien object gone."

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 11, 2017

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For Birth Control "Getting it is a shot in the dark. My periods were all over the place (sometimes twice a month, sometimes once every 3 months), excruciating pain on periods, heavy bleeding lasting for 7 days minimum. Twice during that 3 years, I've started spotting non stop for 1-2 months. The last straw was a period of constant spotting for 3 months that eventually transformed into bleeding. Today, 4 days after it's been taken out, I am still bleeding as much, and I became anemic. The constant wearing of pads has irritated my vagina. Sex is not even part of my life anymore, I just feel disgusting all the time... Kind of ironic when you think I got it as a birth control. But hey, at least it didn't get lodged, so I'll give it 2 stars."

   
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Amberline (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 10, 2017

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For Birth Control "I've had my IUD implanted for about 5 years now, after realizing how long it's been I decided to see what others were saying about it. Reading these reviews reminds me that everyone is very different! I LOVE THIS IUD it has been great for me since the start & it works for me. The placement is painful, it can be described as a strong pinch on your insides, and obviously that area is extremely sensitive so yes! It's painful but you can tolerate it. You are sore for the remainder of the day and you sure won't want to be touched. My doctor advised me to refrain from intercourse until I felt better but recommended it to adjust the placement of the IUD. Yes in the beginning my partner felt the string, but in months time it went away. "

   
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mecc (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 10, 2017

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For Birth Control "It was the worse decision ever to have Paraguard in me. Continuous discharge made me feeling depressed and worried about the bad smell. I had it for a better relationship, but it ruined the relationship as I bleed continuously and lost confidence. I started to loose my hair, then recently, severe eczema covered the whole face and neck area. I could not sleep as it caused severe itchiness. I had mild eczema when I was young but last week, it was developed so quickly and severely. So I decided to take it out. I have not got any other treatment except taking Paraguard out, then no discharge, bad smell, eczema... all gone. Now my partner and I are working together to find natural contraception. Mutual understanding made us bonding more together"

   
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Love your body, don't get one (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 10, 2017

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For Birth Control "I HATED this thing! I have NEVER had a long, heavy or irregular period but with this IUD I had such heavy periods that I bled through my underwear every single period. Then my periods started to be longer and more frequent. I would have a mini period in between my main period and would spot every few days during my non-period times. I had horrible bloating. I couldn't lose my baby weight (my IUD was inserted 6 weeks after my 4th baby was born) and I've never had trouble losing my baby weight before. After it was removed my periods gradually became less heavy, the bloating went away, I was more energetic, and I've been able to lose some weight. I would NEVER recommend an IUD to anyone."

JessMW1227 July 10, 2017

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For Birth Control "Terrible, dangerous. Became pregnant while it was inserted. Had it removed & I had a miscarriage. Let alone bleeding for months. Beware."

Momma2maxh (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2017

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For Birth Control "I've had my Paraguard for over seven years and it's worked exactly as promised. My periods did return to the intensity they were before using hormonal birth control, but they were not worsened. Occasionally my husband will have it jab him during intercourse, which is the only reason it's not 10 stars."

   
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RayeofSunshines July 9, 2017

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For Birth Control "This is the worst birth control. The cramps after getting it were similar to labor. I was always dizzy and got depressed. As soon as I got it out the symptoms disappeared."

   
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G112 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2017

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For Birth Control "I got this IUD in Feb 2017 and I got it removed today, July 2017. As soon as I walked out the doctors office today I instantly felt better. In those short months I experienced extreme hair loss to the point where I had to vacuum my carpet everyday because there were hair balls EVERYWHERE. I had extremely heavy periods with blood clots. Bleeding through my maxi pads and almost used a whole pack in a day. My period lasted over half of the month and after my period I had strong fishy odor. I completely lost my sex drive. Sex was not pleasing, I felt numb inside. I am breastfeeding, eating healthy, and exercising and I have not lost a single pound. On the contrary I gained weight. This contraceptive just wasn't for me."

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2017

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For Birth Control "So I've just had my IUD for about 2 weeks now. The cramping is no exaggeration. It is very painful and does feel as if it was a contraction coming on. My period has lasted now for about 12 days and doesn't seem to be subsiding. I will give this a try for 3 months and if theres no improvement will need to change to a different method. I have a 22 yr old and a 14yr old and the only good thing about the paragard is the fact that I don't have to worry for 10 yrs."

   
5.0

4ilivebyfaith July 8, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had the ParaGard inserted on Nov. 2007 and I am having a replacement inserted soon. It's been 9 years and 8 months. I've read that you can have it in for up 12 years, but I don't want to risk it. My mom who informed me about the 5 year IUD had it inserted after I was born back in 1990. My mom had my brother in 1998 and then after my little sister. So no problems there after it was removed. After having my second child, I went to her for advice on birth controls. She advised me to go with the IUD since it went extremely well when she had it. Everyone's body is different so it's always good to consult with your doctor. Aside from sometimes having heavy bleeding and very few cramps- I love the ParaGard!!!"

Jhenny_002 (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 7, 2017

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For Birth Control "I had a tubal pregnancy and lost my left tube while on this IUD. I'm removing it asap."

   
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Sammy20079 July 6, 2017

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For Birth Control "I'm In my 20s, no kids, HIGH pain threshold. Got IUD late 2015. Before IUD, never had cramps. Insertion was not fun but nothing to cry about. Since insertion, all my periods have been heavier and more painful: a few have been terrible, even cause stomach pain. But all were manageable. Today I went to a gyno b/c my past 2 periods were EXCRUCIATING, barely tolerable w/ naproxen. Felt like I was giving birth. Was told everything looks normal but it is probably my IUD causing the pain. I hate hormones and love the cheap/worry-free 10yr IUD, so I'm going to wait it out and see if my next cycles calm down. Pain sucks but hormones and kids are worse."

   
8.0

OuchButWorthItProbably July 5, 2017

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For Birth Control "Hurt a lot to place and got pregnant within three months of using... was not useful to me in any way."

   
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Helenm614 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 4, 2017

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For Birth Control "I've had mine since April and love it. Other than longer and heavier periods, it is great"

   
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Ginny1020 July 3, 2017

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For Birth Control "I've had the IUD for 9 months and seen no improvement over time. It's an effective form of non-hormonal birth control, however it's not without side effects! Prior to the ParaGard, I had no cramps and light periods (~4 days). With the IUD, it lasts 10-14 days long. I'm comfortable for 1 week out of every month, then the cramps start about a week before my period. My period starts with spotting and rather gross looking discharge. That lasts about 5 days, then the full period starts. It's more blood loss than I ever imagined. I bleed ~2 oz of blood within 4 hours on day one. That's more blood in 4 hours than most woman lose during the entire week of their period. My solutions have been iron supplements, the Diva Cup and Thinx panties."

   
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GeoFrau28 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 1, 2017

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For Birth Control "This was the worst birth control I ever tried. Only after 6 weeks of having it I started to lose hair and had two bald spots and I instantly gained 10 pounds! I also had a constant pelvic and lower back pains. I knew something was wrong when my clothes didn't fit yet I had been working out 5 days a week. The day I had it inserted I had actually lost 30 pounds since I had my son 3 months prior and then this IUD set me back! ParaGard appears to be a good choice for many women that do no want to take hormones. However the copper actually does affect your hormones and it can also have serious life threatening side effects as well. I ended up removing it"

   
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Assata2 July 1, 2017

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For Birth Control "Aside from the heavy periods I have had no issues and my IUD has been in for 5 years"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 29, 2017

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For Birth Control "I got the Paragard in February 2017 and have had this now for 5 months and thought I’d give my input/experience so far. My OBGYN was kind enough to give me a local anesthetic for the insertion, AWESOME. Fast forward to the first night/day, cramping was expected, but nothing that an OTC pain reliever couldn’t get rid of. First period, from what I heard was going to be a nightmare, but luckily for me it wasn’t as bad as expected. Periods last about 5-6 days, with cramping only lasting the first 2 ½ days. That being said, if you are interested, and want a strangers advice, I would recommend this! Request your doctor to give you the local anesthetic for the pain if you can for the insertion! Best thing ever!"

fryebag June 28, 2017

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For Birth Control "It did not work for me. I chose it at first - after having 2 children and sure that I didn't want a 3rd one - because I didn't want to put any hormones in my body. Since I inserted it I started having really long and heavy periods. The first 2 were the absolute worst, it got a little better with time but I started feeling like a teenager again, with cramps, bleeding like crazy and for days on... The doctor told me to wait and I did but after 8 months I had enough and had it removed. I inserted a Skyla today."

ollibc (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 28, 2017

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For Birth Control "This birthcontrol was a nightmare! Constant infections, losing the string, had to be surgically removed and I'm 100% confident it caused my infertility!"

Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 28, 2017

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