my 6-week check is coming up, and one thing that's in the forefront of my mind is what to do about bc! i'm pretty ready to be done after two kids, but if we do have a 3rd (we're keeping that door open just in case), it won't be for several years. i think i want to give mirena or paragard a try. i really like the idea of paragard because it's non-hormonal, but i also heard stories about heavy bleeding and cramping.
have you tried one or the other? both? i'm looking for feedback on the pros/cons of each, and what it was like for you.
pomegranate / 3388 posts
I had a Mirena put in after DD was born, and so far I'm very happy with it. I initially was thinking about Paragard, but then decided against it b/c I have a history of extreme cramping already. With the Mirena my periods have completely vanished, and I don't feel like I'm having any of the side effects that I always hated with hormonal BCP. Mirena for the win!
GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts
I only have experience with Mirena--6 weeks of light off and on spotting after insertion (which hurt for a split second), and then nothing. It's entirely possible that it's just because I'm still EBFing, but my midwife told me a lot of women don't get periods on Mirena. Having not had a period yet I can't speak to what bleeding or cramping might be like if and when I do and weight has been (unfortunately) steady.
I do have a friend that has Paraguard. She says she has very long, very heavy periods, but she still likes it because her body didn't react well to hormonal BC. She gets bad cramps but she did before it, so no change there. She put on <10 lbs not too long after she got it, but doesn't directly attribute the gain to Paraguard.