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Do u prefer mirena (levonorgestrel) over paraguard?

Do u prefer mirena (levonorgestrel) over paraguard?

Personal choice: The choice of which iud you decide on is very personal. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) lasts for 5 years, releases a small amount of hormones into the uterus, and typically makes periods lighter (half of women will stop periods altogether). The paragard lasts 10 years, has no hormones, and can make periods heavier. They are both very effective at preventing pregnancy. Discuss with your dr. To decide which is best. ...Read more

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Which is a better IUD - paragard or mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Which is a better IUD - paragard or mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Yes: which is better-- an apple or an orange? both have advantages and disadvantages; it's a personal choice. ( most patients chose Mirena) ...Read more

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What's the Liletta IUD and what makes it different from the Mirena, (levonorgestrel) Paragard, and Skyla?

What's the Liletta IUD and what makes it different from the Mirena, (levonorgestrel) Paragard, and Skyla?

Similar to Mirena (levonorgestrel): The Liletta IUD contains the same type & amount of hormone (Levonorgestrel) as the MIirena IUD. It will likely work the same, though it is currently only FDA-approved for 3yrs (vs 5yrs for Mirena), and does not have the treatment indication for heavy menstrual bleeding. ParagardLiletta is less expensive than other IUDs, especially in federally funded clinics. ...Read more

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Do I have to use a condom with mirena (levonorgestrel) or paraguard?

Do I have to use a condom with mirena (levonorgestrel) or paraguard?

IUD: Iuds, Mirena (levonorgestrel) and paragard are both safe methods of birth control and once inserted in terms of birth control, you don't have to use protection but they do not protect one against sexually transmitted infections (stds) and condoms should be worn if there's concern for std. ...Read more

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Concerns about mirena and paraguard not sure which one to pick i already attended a birth control class, and the dr. Explain the pros and cons of each option but the more research I do by my own the most difficult it comes to make a decision if to chose m

The : The doctor that will be inserting the iud can help guide you on picking which one is more suitable for you. I usually go over a few things with my patients when picking an iud. The first is the desire to have children and when. If the patient is sure she does not want any more children and has decided on an iud, i recommend the paragard (good for ten years). If she wants another child in a few years i recommend mirena (levonorgestrel). If the patient suffers from heavy periods i recommend Mirena (levonorgestrel) (although it may cause spotting initially). Also cost is an issue, if the patient is paying out of pocket, the least expensive option is the paragard. I recommend discussing your options again with your provider, and weighing all the factors. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why isn't mirena (levonorgestrel) approved for used as emergency contraception? I know paragard is an excellent form of ec, but why not mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Why isn't mirena (levonorgestrel) approved for used as emergency contraception?  I know paragard is an excellent form of ec, but why not mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) as EC: In order to get approval as an emergency contraception, Bayer (aspirin) pharmaceudicals (who owns and manufactures mirena) would need to conduct studies to present to the fda for this usage. It's possible that they've conducted such studies and found it ineffective or haven't bothered to conduct such studies. They have gotten approval for use as a contraceptive and for management or heavy/painful bleeding. ...Read more

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My periods are light & irregular. Will mirena (levonorgestrel) cause them to be regular? Will paragard cause cramping even though i rarely have a period?

My periods are light & irregular. Will mirena (levonorgestrel) cause them to be regular? Will paragard cause cramping even though i rarely have a period?

IUD: Mirena (levonorgestrel) users find that their periods become very light or even nonexistent, some women have light intermittent spotting. It stays in for 5 years. With paragard there does tend to be heavier bleeding and cramping. It can stay in for 10 years. Talk to your gynecologist about which one would suit you better. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am switching from the depo shot to either mirena (levonorgestrel) or paraguard because the libido effect is ruining my relationship. Which one would be best?

I am switching from the depo shot to either mirena (levonorgestrel) or paraguard because the libido effect is ruining my relationship. Which one would be best?

Both should be fine: Either one of these should be fine. The paragard is a copper coil so contains no progestin type hormones. The mirena (levonorgestrel) does contain a progestin type hormone similar to provera but at a much lower dose. If you want to get away from progestins completely to be safe then go with the paragard. ...Read more

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Is it bad if u can't feel the wires to the mirena (levonorgestrel)?

No : You should be able to feel the strings from the mirena (levonorgestrel). That is one way to know that it is still in place. ...Read more