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Contraceptive Choices
From condoms to cervical caps to hormonal rings, patches, and many types of birth control pills, today we have so many contraception options from which to choose!

What birth control do you use? What are your birth control's pros? Its cons? Are you thinking of switching to something else?

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ParaGard IUD

Posted by: vpeigxaine on Sat Jan 30, 2010

I've just recently had a ParaGard inserted, and thus far my body is responding quite well to it. I don't tolerate hormonal birth control well at all (dryness, loss of sex drive, yeast infections, and I turned into a completely different person). Condoms worked well, but in a long-term relationship they become rather expensive, not to mention irritating. I've never had children, so my gynecologist was a bit reluctant to give me an IUD at first, but the insertion went much more smoothly than either of us had anticipated (albeit still quite painful). I'm on day 5 with it, and I've felt entirely normal since yesterday (save for minor cramping and spotting).

I'm really excited about my ParaGard, and hopefully things continue to go well. If it doesn't expel or move out of place, I'll be protected for 10 years. ^-^ Fingers crossed...

There aren't very many cons which come to mind. It's possible to experience an increase in menstrual flow and/or cramping while using ParaGard, but I haven't had a period with it yet, so that remains to be seen. As long as it doesn't become dislodged or expel (which is very unlikely to occur, especially after the first few months), it's as effective as a tubal ligation.

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