Essure, Paragard, or other?
February 13, 2013 12:36 PM Subscribe
Considering long-term, permanent birth control options.
posted by waving to health & fitness (21 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a woman in my mid-40s considering Essure or Paragard. Essure is permanent but requires nickel coils to be inserted in the Fallopian tubes permanently. I have read that some women experience crampy and heavier periods, but of course many don't. Paragard is a copper IUD, which induces an inflammation of the uterine lining, thus making it inhospitable to pregnancy. This can also lead to heavier periods.
I am nervous about the Essure due to reports of the coils coming out as well as possible nickel allergy issue. I do get very inflamed due to contact with "cheap" metal jewelry. I've seen quite a few web sites devoted to horror stories but question whether these are isolated events getting a lot of attention. I've had very, very bad experience with Cymbalta (memory loss, fatigue, weight gain). Also, I have tried the Mirena and had very bad restless leg syndrome and weight gain, likely due to the hormones. So, while I am wary of using the drug company's information as a reliable indicator of what to expect, I haven't had problems with other drugs I have taken and therefore am considering these options.
Does anyone have good or bad experience with either of these devices that they can share, or alternatives?