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I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25259 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Mommy2Kay:" I thought it prevents the sperm from reaching the egg..."

That's what I thought, but I could be wrong.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Mommy2Kay:" I thought it prevents the sperm from reaching the egg..."


It does. Because the copper is toxic to sperm. So it kills it as soon as it's in the cervix.

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25259 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" It does. Because the copper is toxic to sperm. So it kills it as soon as it's in the cervix."

In any case, it's still able to attach if it's a strong sperm thus why anyone could get pregnant on it, I'd assume.

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
25th Jan '13

I thought I was two months ago, had it two years, never a weird or late period then BAM, 9 days late, bloating, tender breasts, weird mid month spotting. I would have sworn on a stack of bibles I was pregnant. But I wasn't, period finally showed but symptoms were slow to follow. Thought I might have been pregnant but miscarrying, never even got the faintest line of a pregnancy test. I have labeled the whole charade under "Body went bat shit crazy".

Crazy Train 18 kids; Killeen, Texas 1478 posts
25th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy2Kay:</b>" I thought it prevents the sperm from reaching the egg..."</blockquote>




It makes it more difficult but doesn't fully prevent it. Paraguards main job is to act as a foreign object which causes your body to flush itself in attemps to get rid of it.

Mommy2Kay Due April 20; 1 child; Florida 4235 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Momma Loves Her Boys:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy2Kay:</b>" I thought it prevents the sperm from reaching ... [snip!] ... it. Paraguards main job is to act as a foreign object which causes your body to flush itself in attemps to get rid of it."


That's so weird to me, I never heard of it working like that and I've had it for almost 5 years.

Mommy2Kay Due April 20; 1 child; Florida 4235 posts
25th Jan '13

How It Works:



The ParaGard IUD helps to prevent sperm from joining with an egg by interfering with the movement of the sperm toward the egg. It is also believed that the ParaGard IUD causes changes in the lining of the uterus to reduce the likelihood of implantation. ParaGuard provides pregnancy prevention immediately after it is inserted.



http://contraception.about.com/od/iud/a/paragard.htm

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Momma Loves Her Boys:" Paraguard, because its non hormonal doesnt prevent you from getting pregnant, it prevents you from maintaining ... [snip!] ... object (paraguard)and flushed the system. This is how my doctor explained it to me when I was thinking about getting paraguard."


you would still get a positive pregnancy test in that case though, HCG is produced at soon as the egg is fertilized especially with todays sensitive tests. that wouldn't explain a missed period with a negative test. I don't think that's the way it works except as a last ditch effort, it's primary function it to keep the sperm from reaching the egg.

MyPurrrtyBabies 3 kids; Alabama 8386 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Mommy2Kay:" How It Works: The ParaGard IUD helps to prevent sperm from joining with an egg by interfering with the ... [snip!] ... ParaGuard provides pregnancy prevention immediately after it is inserted. http://contraception.about.com/od/iud/a/paragard.htm"


I am VERY interested in Paragard....



And you have had it 5yrs and no problems? Do you have to use a 2nd backup of protection for the first 2 wks like you do with pills?

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting MyPurrrtyBabies:" I am VERY interested in Paragard.... And you have had it 5yrs and no problems? Do you have to use a 2nd backup of protection for the first 2 wks like you do with pills?"


I have had mine for 2 years with only one little scare. And I'm 99% sure it was delayed because I was SO sick.



And no. It's an immediate thing. Because there are no hormones that need to be absorbed into your body.



Though you might wanna wait a few days anyway because it's a little uncomfortable at first and most people spot or bleed.

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25259 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting MyPurrrtyBabies:" I am VERY interested in Paragard.... And you have had it 5yrs and no problems? Do you have to use a 2nd backup of protection for the first 2 wks like you do with pills?"

I know MOST girls also have heavy periods like I do on the Paragard and A LOT of pain in and around my period happening. Horrible cramps during period. Lots of spotting for a couple of weeks after period. Yes, it's been better than the pill, but all BC has its cons and THIS is a big one. Also loosing hair like NUTS since being on the Paragard. Weird tingling feelings in my leg..

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting I♡C.:" I know MOST girls also have heavy periods like I do on the Paragard and A LOT of pain in and around my ... [snip!] ... its cons and THIS is a big one. Also loosing hair like NUTS since being on the Paragard. Weird tingling feelings in my leg.."


How long after having a baby did you get Paragard?

MyPurrrtyBabies 3 kids; Alabama 8386 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" I have had mine for 2 years with only one little scare. And I'm 99% sure it was delayed because I was ... [snip!] ... Though you might wanna wait a few days anyway because it's a little uncomfortable at first and most people spot or bleed."


Thanks for this info! :)

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25259 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" How long after having a baby did you get Paragard?"


I waited two years. He was 2yrs old when I got it. I was on the pill since when he was born until he was 2yrs.

MyPurrrtyBabies 3 kids; Alabama 8386 posts
25th Jan '13
Quoting I♡C.:" I know MOST girls also have heavy periods like I do on the Paragard and A LOT of pain in and around my ... [snip!] ... its cons and THIS is a big one. Also loosing hair like NUTS since being on the Paragard. Weird tingling feelings in my leg.."


Thankyou for this info...the falling out of the hair makes me ... :(



Do you take any vitamins to help it? Maybe prenatal vitamins would help.