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    Paragard Copper IUD
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    Anon_138320 posted:
    Hello Dr. Minkin, I have been on the boards before looking for a solution to birth control for hopefully what might lead into me having gone into full menopause.

    I took BCP for 36 years and got off of them last February. I have been looking for alternate birth control and wanted to go without hormone therapy so was looking into the copper IUD. I have about 6 months to go before determining whether or not I will be period free and safe from having to use any form of birth control. I chose the copper IUD because I wanted to be sure to be able to tell if any bleeding would occur for whatever reasons in the next few months. Other birth control methods did not appeal to me for one reason or other.

    I was just approved for this procedure with my insurance company and I think I am ready to go. I wonder if you can tell me if this is a safe method for someone my age? I am wondering the rate of complications (have read about them but not sure what percentage of women actually can expect to have them). I am also due for a colonoscopy (initial one after age 50), will it be a problem? I know a colonoscopy is through a different part of the body, I just wanted to be sure there was no way for it to interfere.

    I am nervous about going ahead with this birth control especially since it is just a matter of a few more months before I should know if I am through with menopause so it is hard to make up my mind but other methods are just not something I wish to deal with. I believe I am relatively healthy enough to use this method, I guess in back of my mind I am always afraid of risks.

    Is it painful to have inserted? Is it painful to have it taken out?

    Thank you!
     
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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Anon_13820,
    Sorry my answer didn't make it through the other day
    You have very thoroughly investigated all your options, and I commend you on that. I also commend you on seeking out contraception-as you are absolutely correct that until you go one year without a period, you should be using birth control. The Paragard is a very reasonable method of contraception-it is 99% reliable; there are very few complications from its insertion (very small risks of infection or what is called perforation-the IUD going through the uterus-really small chance). However, just to complicate you life a bit further: the one advantage that a Mirena IUD would have over a Paragard is that if you wanted to use estrogen therapy, the progestin in
    a Mirena will take care of protecting the lining of the uterus (so you don't need to use any other progesterone)-just a thought.
    But I do think that your decision making is very reasonable-
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
     
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    Anon_138320 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    Thank you Dr. Minkin,

    You wrote:

    "... the one advantage that a Mirena IUD would have over a Paragard is that if you wanted to use estrogen therapy, the progestin in a Mirena will take care of protecting the lining of the uterus (so you don't need to use any other progesterone)-just a thought."


    I prefer to go hormone free and not use estrogen therapy after being on the pill for 36 years.

    What would cause me to have to use progesterone?

    Is using a hormone free IUD going to cause me to have to choose to use something additional by way of hormone therapy?

    Thank you.


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