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In April 2008, I had my 2nd child, a boy. 8 weeks postpartum I had a Paragard IUC placed through my cervix, into my uterus. My s/o and I had begun having sex again at our 6 week mark, and I felt everything and was back to normal (meaning as tight as I've always been). The day I got this foreign object (I now think of it this way), it hurt unbelievably bad and sex hasn't been enjoyable, period. I only do it for my s/o, who deserves the best! I complain that I can't feel it, and it's "loose," but he claims otherwise, that I'm just as tight as I've ever been. I constantly have mucus coming out of me (which I looked up, and it was nice to know that I should get used to that because that's the way this form of BC works, by thickening your cervical mucus to kill and block the sperm.). No one told me this, as well as many other things. I also am having Yeast infections like constantly. I've never had a yeast infection, except for the one time I did when I was pregnant. My body feels like it's falling apart! I have nothing to blame it on, except for this IUC!

I'm very much considering finding a doctor (I just moved out of Indiana, away from my OB-GYN, to Michigan) and getting this thing removed! But then, how won't I get pregnant?? I've srsly tried everything. Every BC method has atleast one body altering effect! Please, please help!

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I forgot to mention...

After having Braeson, I felt comfortable with the amount of healing my body, vagina and all had progressed to. But, since the day they placed the IUC inside me, it felt like and still continues to feel like my body is trying to 'cope' with this foreign object and is trying to do it's best to heal... BUT, since the IUC, my vagina just got tore apart (not literally, but it sure felt like it!) and hasn't healed or progressed any healing beyond that point. My vagina actually feels in worse condition after the IUC, compared to just having Braeson.


Thanks everyone!
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replied September 25th, 2008
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The IUC doesn't work for everyone...and it certainly sounds like it is NOT a match for you! I don't know a lot about your medical history --- so what other types of BC have you tried?
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replied August 19th, 2011
It's true - some women are not good candidates for IUDs. If you have a history of BV or recurrent yeast infections, an IUD is not a good choice. Any history of STDs makes it a bad choice. It is most often used in women who have had at least one child, and who do not have a history of STDs, including BV and yeast infections.
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replied November 10th, 2008
paraguard problems
I have had the Paraguard since July 2006. I too have had yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and 3 week periods, spotting in between. I hate the thing and thanks to the hormones can't take the pill. I am at wits end.
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replied August 19th, 2011
Paragard does not have hormones in it. It is a copper device. Maybe you have Mirena and just don't know which one this discussion is talking about.
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replied September 4th, 2011
I believe she was saying that she is not able to take the pill because she has problems with the hormones. She is at wit's end because Paraguard seems like her only effective option. Read carefully before you criticize.
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replied November 11th, 2008
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How do you react to condoms? They're still something like 93-97% effective, I believe.
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replied January 7th, 2009
Paragard problems
I wanted to share my solution. I got the paragard inserted after my 2nd child. After a 1 1/2 plus years with it I finally got the thing taken out. I had VERY heavy bleeding that lasted a LONG time, discharge, and constant yeast infections. I finally decided to say heck with it and get the merena. I initially did not want to because of the hormones but I got it changed out and things are MUCH better. So far I don't have any ill side effects from the hormones and all of the other horribleness is gone. My OBGYN dismissed my symptoms being because of the paragard but now I know I was right. Hope this helps someone.
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replied April 16th, 2009
Cramping after sex
After only having the paragard iuc in for only a week and then having sex, I've been cramping a lot since, and spotting
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replied April 22nd, 2009
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It's OUT & I feel amazing!
Paragard IUC gave me a uterine infection that I suffered a week with in the hospital and another 2 weeks at home! Of course, they took it out right away and I had my first Depo shot on April 13th (my son's 1st Birthday!) My body didn't like the foreign object inside my body.. but so far, I think I've finally found the birth control for me =) No bad side effects with Depo so far! Keeping fingers crossed!
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replied May 17th, 2009
complete opposite for me..
i had the paraguard inserted august 2006, and had bad cramps for about 3 days, after that i had regular and normal periods (actually better than before the IUD) i have not suffered from infections of any other discomfort, thankgod, it doesnt sound to fun, from whats been said.
the only thing that i have found out about it recently, due to it happening, is that you can, even though unlikely, still conceive with the paraguard in place, then it has a second function to kind of abort the embryo, which was upsetting as i was not aware of that being able to happen

Has anybody else experienced this? its the same signs of a miscarriage ??
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replied May 28th, 2012
paragard "abortions"
It "aborts" the fetus in the same way that the morning after pill would do. The fetus does not really begin to develop but rather IF a fertilized egg manages to enter your uterus it is usually quickly expelled. So if you consider that abortion than that is something to consider.
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replied June 9th, 2009
i have mirena and have not experienced anything like this! it's been a godsend
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replied June 9th, 2009
Condoms Are Not Effective
rooted wrote:
How do you react to condoms? They're still something like 93-97% effective, I believe.


Condoms are not effective, they are only 99% accurate when used 100% accurately... the true number is roughly 35%. If you don't want a child, an IUD, abstinence, or surgery is best.

There may be a copper reaction, or it is all in your head, it is a great possibility that sex won't feel the same after you have a child, or compared to pregnancy when you arousal is usually hightened. My guess is you think about what is in you which blocks your arousal. See a sex therapist.
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replied August 19th, 2011
IUDs are a lot less "fool-proof" than once thought. They do slip out of place (which is what happened to me), and women *do* get pregnant with them.

The best proven way of not getting pregnant is abstinence, but the shot works, and so does Norplant, for reversible birth control. Surgery is not an option for those of us who still want to have children.
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replied January 19th, 2012
When yours slipped out of place, how did you know?? Could you still feel it or did it just fall out?
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replied June 9th, 2009
The reason why people get pregnant with paragard is douching, which is forbidden because it wears away the mucus that blocks sperm.
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replied August 17th, 2011
Correction
I got pregnant after 2 years with Paragard IUD. I have never douched during this period. It is not the mucus that blocks sperm which keeps a woman from becoming pregnant with an IUD. It is the IUD which prevents a woman from becoming pregnant.

In my case, the IUD became dislodged somehow (I couldn't feel it) and I became pregnant that way. I am currently 9w, 4d pregnant, with 167 bpm. All is well, so far! I had the IUD removed at 5 weeks.
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replied August 19th, 2011
Dislodged paragaurd
I had the paragaurd put in about a year ago now and I had it done twice.The first time it fell out and the second I believe the same is happening(dislodged)I have been checked and they can't find the strings.I have no discomfort and now I have found out I am pregnant as well.Did you have any problems and where did they find it???
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replied August 19th, 2011
No real problems with Paragard ...
I had no problems, besides getting pregnant Razz Actually, my husband and I were talking about having another baby anyway, so it is fine. I can imagine that someone in a different position might be pretty upset, though.

The strings on mine *appeared* normal, but when the Dr. barely pulled on them, the entire IUD was already at the bottom of my uterus/out of place. He removed the IUD that day, and so far, the pregnancy is going fine. I hope that answers your question.
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replied August 19th, 2011
I believe mine is dislodged and know I am pregnant.Where did they find yours??
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replied August 19th, 2011
Mine was at the very bottom of my uterus. My Dr. pulled it out with the strings. The baby is now high up in my uterus.
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replied August 17th, 2011
One more thing - when I checked my strings, they were always the way they should have been; but when the Dr. checked me (after I had positive pregnancy test) he said he barely had to pull on them, and they came out pretty much all the way. The baby is high up in my uterus due to the low placement of the IUD.
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replied August 21st, 2011
Thank you for your help.Its appreciated.I am just glad you had no problems.
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replied June 9th, 2009
FYI I had the copper IUD. It slipped out of my uterus and was resting in my cervix. We took it out on the third, and now I think I am pregnant....This is not common, but obviously possible!
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replied September 25th, 2012
Sperm can stay in your body for up to 7 days... If you had sex anytime within a week of taking it out it is very possible... and more common than you would think.
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replied June 10th, 2009
So the paraguard should be high up in your uterus, so there should be no way of being able to feel it...
As if i try to find my strings i can always feel the bottom of the paraguard poking out of my cervix... is it out of place.. ? or is this okay.. ??
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replied August 17th, 2011
I would say that you should have a Dr. check it, if you haven't already ...
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replied June 23rd, 2009
paragrand
I had i my paragrand for four days i have spoting that seems like light period when isterted it hurt a bit but after that it dosen't even like i have in there
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replied August 10th, 2009
paragard
Hi, I'm considering getting the paragard inserted at Planned Parenthood (love that place Razz ) and was wondering if anyone has used it and what their experience was. I'm a recently recovered bulimic, but am still terrified of weight gain (I'm at a healthy weight now) and have been diagnosed with OCD and depression, so hormones are out of the question. Some posts I've read said that they gained weight with the paragard and had moodswings etc. I don't see how that is possible since paragard has no hormones, but am wondering if other women have experienced those side effects. Sorry to ramble but I'm starting college soon and would like birth control to be one less thing to worry about. Thanks!
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replied May 12th, 2011
Don't get it, I have an appointment next week to take this thing OUT. I have had a BV since November and the odor has not gone away. I wish I would have made my appoint sooner
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replied May 12th, 2011
Para guard
Don't get it, I have an appointment next week to take this thing OUT. I have had a BV since November and the odor has not gone away. I wish I would have made my appoint sooner
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replied November 8th, 2009
My Paragard Experince
I had paragard inserted at Planned Parenthood. Overall, the process was pretty good. I won't lie to you- having it put in, hurt like nothing else I have ever felt. (I believe that I have a pretty high pain tolerance) I had bad cramping for two days, worse than any period pain I had ever had. But, after that first period things have been pretty good. My only complaint is that I have heavy discharge 4, out of 7 days a week. I haven't had any weight gain or mood-swings, just the opposite. Hope this helps!
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replied August 19th, 2011
If you've ever been in labor, the pain of getting ParaGard is nothing, comparatively speaking - fyi to all the moms out there. My periods were heavier, but I had less cramping than normal with most periods.
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replied April 3rd, 2012
horrible period cramps in vaginal and rectal area with iud
well i have had my paragaurd for almost 5 years now and i always have severe sharp knife sensations in my vaginal and rectal area every time my period gets ready to start, they last for about 10 mins on and off and 15 mins in between each cramp. it helps if i put my hand on my butt and push on it but the pain is unbearable and i cant sit or walk when i have the pains, i just have to brace myself when i feel them coming. the pain goes away after i start bleeding, and i dont have anymore pain like that til the next period, and if i have sex before my period starts, i experience the same pain in my vaginal area and it hurts for him to even pull out while im having the pain so i tell him to stop and slowly pull out. and after he pulls out i undergo the pain for a minute and then it stops. what is this? i had an ultra sound but my doc said it was normal. i dont believe that.
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replied June 27th, 2012
Paragard pain
I have had mine for 2 years now and am having the same sensations. Now mine are also happening on a daily basis. I went to my OB today and he could find nothing visually wrong. He ran some bloodwork and took some swabs. Now I will have to wait on those results. He said the pains could be caused from an ovarian cyst but I have had those in the past and never experienced any pain like this with them. You are the first person I have found that is experiencing the same symptoms as me. Do you have any answers yet?
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replied January 31st, 2010
IUD insertion, reinsert.
The Paragard IUD can be dangerous if you have multiple partners, i.e. college. It provides a straight track into the uterus that bacteria can travel and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. The PID can cause significant discomfort and can affect fertility in the future. I had a paragard inserted two years ago, and after two weeks actually delivered the first one. They pulled it immediately and put in another one. Getting it inserted hurt pretty bad, like I felt like my fingernails were in their wall. I've never been pregnant, FYI. My periods are longer now, I cramp more, and there is a constant supply of mucus. I actually can't wait to get the thing out this summer and start TTC.
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replied March 22nd, 2010
paragard and hair loss?
I've had paragard like 2-3 wks, fro, like day two i've had hari loss. lots of hair in my comb, bursh, in the sink and on bathroom floor. not supposed to be a side effect but i don't think sudden hair loss is just coincidence. I had hair loss and weight gain from depo and will not lost any more hair! Sinc the depo shots, I've never regained my once thick thick hair.
I'm having it yanked and resorting to the pill
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replied May 28th, 2012
If you went directly from a hormonal BC method to Paragard, that is likely the cause. Hormonal BC can slow down hair loss, while Paragard should have no effect.
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replied April 3rd, 2010
Paragard questions
I got the iud about 3 weeks ago. It''s been painful to have intercourse, and in the last two
weeks my emotions have been on a rollercoaster. Do you think switching from birth control pills to the iud will effect my mood swings? Because I''ve been an emotion wreck for no reason.
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replied April 30th, 2010
paragard hair loss
I have lost half my hair in less than 4 weeks. I use to stretch my hair ties just to wrap it twice. Now I have to wrap it 3 times. I have balding spots behind my ears. I called Paragard to file a report. The nurse said that they turn over every report to the FDA. I also called the FDA to file a complaint. They are sending me some paperwork to fill out. My mission is to get every woman that has hair loss along with all the other side effects to call Paragard and the FDA to file a complaint. Not only that,but I have written to all my friends on facebook and myspace my story. They have all copied and pasted it to all thier friends. We need to ban together and at the very least have Paragard to list this as a side effect. You have to pick your battles, and this is a battle that needs to be fought!

I had mine removed over a week ago. I talked to my doc about my hair loss and can you believe that she told me this is very common!!!!!I called my old gyno about this and she told me that is the reason she does not give Paragard. It would have been nice to know this info BEFORE I lost all my hair!!!!!I have an appt. to get checked for copper toxicity. Not only blood test but also hair mineral test. I will be going to see my derm. on Tuesday. I will be posting updates there. I would also love to hear some of your stories and follow ups
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replied April 5th, 2011
I have suffered hair loss my self since having the IUD inserted. did your dermatologist link your hair lost to the IUD?
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