Hi everyone,

So I’m debating getting either an IUD or birth control implant with my tax refund. I’m in the US and will be going to planned parenthood for either one. I’m looking on advice for which seems better. Price wise they’ll be about the same for me. I do smoke, so I’m hoping to go to a method with less hormones than what I’m currently on (Alesse combo pill). I know that ideally quitting smoking would be a better option, but despite my best attempts that just hasn’t happened. I am in a stable, monogamous relationship. I’ve never been pregnant, and well I’m hoping to avoid that for another 2ish years. I guess what I’m not sure is if going for an IUD, specifically the paragard, or the implant would be a better idea. I’d love to hear how those of you with IUDs or the implant feel about this method. And to hear any side effect you’ve experienced.

Thanks for all the info!

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5 Responses to Birth Control Advice

  1. 29dWoman says:

    For the smoking, if you’re wanting to quit, Allen Carr’s The EasyWay to Stop Smoking is your best bet. I actually saw it recommended on here by quite a few people talking about how great it was and it’s a great book.

    What’s a better idea is really up to you. The Paragard will likely (but nothing is ever 100%) increase your menstrual flow and pain of cramps, and insertion can certainly be more painful than having the implanon inserted, but of course mileage may vary. The implant might mean irregular long term bleeding or none at all. Even though internet reviews are not the best way to go in choosing birth control, since everyone experiences things differently, I have seen relatively more complaints about mood/libido side effects from implanon than any other hormonal method. Of course timing wise, the 3 year implant could be more convenient than the 12 year Paragard.

  2. Leroeva says:

    I know you were interested specifically int he paraguard, but, I like the idea of the mirena IUD for myself. The hormones are much more localized, so there is less of a chance of systemic side effects, as well as causing periods to lighten or disappear entirely. Also, I am wary of implanon simply because I scar very easily, and don’t want any more scars than I have.

    Also, regardless of which option you go with, you can always have it removed whenever you want to start trying to children. Just because a paragard can last for 12 years doesn’t mean you absolutely have to have it in for that long.

  3. Sseyle says:

    I chose to get a paragard because it was important to me to be hormone free (to figure out how artificial hormones were affecting my mood). It’s been decent. I do have bad cramps, but I’ve found ways of managing them. My periods are heavier and longer, but recently I’ve found that vitamin E supplements help with that.

    One good thing is that if something were to come up and you were interested in avoiding pregnancy for longer than 3 years, the paragard would still be good, so your costs would be lower.

  4. EilFru says:

    I went with the Paragard and it’s been great. I got mine put in in October and the increased cramping went away within a couple of months. I still have increased bleeding, but it’s been heading back to normal a little more each month. It’s been great not having to worry about sex and not having artificial hormones wreaking havoc on my body.

  5. Elaiut says:

    I’ve tried Implanon and I wish it worked for me. Unfortunately I have constant bleeding, and I’ll have to get it out sooner rather than later due to an ongoing iron deficiency which isn’t managable right now.
    Insertion and healing were a breeze – normally I heal very slowly, but I had exceptionlly little pain from it. Seriously, I’ve hurt myself more with papercuts. The odd ache whenever I bumped it, but otherwise I felt nothing.

    As far as side effects go, I’m slightly more stable in the hormonal mood-swings department, and it’s helped with the constant anxiety towards pregnancy. If I didn’t bleed all the time, I’d stay on this forever.

    If you go with implanon, be prepared to stick it out for three months – and if you’re around the two month mark and no signs of any bleeding stopping, I’d ask around about other options so you can get things in motion (unlike me, who waited over the three months and now might be stuck with it for a long time, ugh.)

    If you’re nervous at all about an IUD insertion – enough to have a significant impact on you – I’d go with the implant first off. It’s long-lasting, relatively cheap and the hormonal effects – aside from the aforementioned bleeding that I’ve been unlucky with – are quite mild in my experience. On the other hand, if you don’t think you want to handle the risk of several months of bleeding, I’d skip ahead and go with the IUD.

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