I also HATE using tampons, pads leak, and menstrual cups freak me out with an IUD
August 5, 2012 1:45 PM Subscribe
Oh wise Metafilter IUD users, please tell me your experiences switching from a Paragard to a Mirena.
I work in family planning and (like everyone in fp, it feels) have an IUD--specifically, a Paragard that I got five years ago. I love it, I love not worrying about a method, I really appreciate the no-hormones side of it, I have awesome sex/sex drive with little fear of pregnancy. Hormonal birth control (pills and Nuvaring) seemed to make me very emotional when I took them, but I was also a teenager and, like many teenagers, kind of an emotional mess regardless.
However, I get wicked periods and PMS: this is one of very few months in 5 years that I haven't thrown up or needed/wanted to spend all day in bed with cramps. Most obnoxious to me is the PMS: I feel the urge to cry recreationally, I get depressed and/or very irritable (to a point where I can't focus @ work or need to go home "sick") at least one day a month, my energy sinks precipitously before and throughout my period. I will start to feel these symptoms sometimes a week before my actual period. I'm trying to figure out if switching to a Mirena will help regulate my hormones and knock out some of the days that I spend mildly incapacitated by hormones/cramps/bleeding, but I also don't want to screw up a good thing by taking out my Paragard if it's not going to help or will make things worse.
I'm looking for anecdata: how did your switch from Mirena to Paragard go? Were you successful with hormonal bc before that? How did switching to Mirena affect your periods/PMS/energy levels/sex drive? I know the downsides of adding artificial hormones, to expect irregular bleeding, etc.
If folks have other ideas for moderating crazymaking and painmaking hormones, I'd welcome that too. Acupuncture worked once, it's just a hassle to arrange for me.