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  • I've got a Mirena too, and it changed my life. According to my doc, a lot of women get heavier and heavier flow (instead of lighter) as they approach menopause. My mom was one and so was I. I couldn't be away from a bathroom for more than 30 or 40 minutes, which means you have no life. You can't drive very far, You can't sit through a movie, you can barely hold a job, and you might as well write off having a sex life.

    Honestly, if I hadn't gotten it, I would probably be on disability by now. Instead, I'm able to be very active and keep up with the 20-something guys at work.
    Durp.

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    • Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
      I've got a Mirena too, and it changed my life. According to my doc, a lot of women get heavier and heavier flow (instead of lighter) as they approach menopause. My mom was one and so was I. I couldn't be away from a bathroom for more than 30 or 40 minutes, which means you have no life. You can't drive very far, You can't sit through a movie, you can barely hold a job, and you might as well write off having a sex life.

      Honestly, if I hadn't gotten it, I would probably be on disability by now. Instead, I'm able to be very active and keep up with the 20-something guys at work.
      Good for you! I definitely think of my IUD as a blessing, regardless of cramps. I don't have to worry about getting pregnant, I don't spend tons of money on BC, I'm not putting hormones in my body, and I (thank god!) don't have to use condoms anymore! lol
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      • My Paragard is the best 500 bucks I've ever spent. Just a warning, Corvidae, your body might take a little while to figure out what, exactly, the fuck is going on. I've had mine for two years and the monthly "elevator scene from 'The Shining'" impression has just started slackening.

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        • Originally posted by Sudenveri View Post
          My Paragard is the best 500 bucks I've ever spent. Just a warning, Corvidae, your body might take a little while to figure out what, exactly, the fuck is going on. I've had mine for two years and the monthly "elevator scene from 'The Shining'" impression has just started slackening.
          Wow that bad??? That sucks! Even if I had that going on, I would probably still think it was worth it too though! I'm lucky, I'm still young enough to be covered by my parents' health insurance so I got mine for free. Totally worth paying for though, and cheaper in the long run.
          "The mountains are calling and I must go."
          --John Muir


          "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
          --Tommy Caldwell


          ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
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          • Originally posted by MamaGrok View Post
            Hey! Don't judge my judging!

            J/k, I'm not judging anyone's decisions, except maybe the lazy doctors who, whether you're talking reproductive or cardiovascular or any other symptoms, prefer to cover things up with drugs rather than get to the root of the problem.

            (And protesting the notion that without artificial hormones, I would have no control over my life and reproductive health, that, too.)

            What do I care if others use HBC, except how it affects my water supply? I'm for informed choices for everyone.
            Sorry I misread you! I just hear people who slag on women's sexual health choices, and it gets up my nose. Glad to know I was mistaken

            I have a reference book that I lend out quite often that was written by the Canadian Society of Ob/Gyns. It covers everything from condoms to IUDs to NFP. So many young people (girls and guys) really are dreadfully uninformed about their birth control options (see Alex's comment above as an example). I'm fortunate that I have a good doctor who was happy to discuss alternatives with me, but I know not everyone is so lucky. I think everyone should have access to a full range of reproductive health information and options.

            Scarleteen.com is another good, sex-positive, science-based resource for young people.
            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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            • Originally posted by Sudenveri View Post
              My Paragard is the best 500 bucks I've ever spent. Just a warning, Corvidae, your body might take a little while to figure out what, exactly, the fuck is going on. I've had mine for two years and the monthly "elevator scene from 'The Shining'" impression has just started slackening.
              Yeah, no, thats what has come to my mind as well. Although a friend also pointed out that eating so much red meat prolly has given me a lot more iron than usual, so maybe that has affected things as well.

              Also, it is my understanding that while the progestin (light hormone) ones will seriously reduce period intensity and strength, the copper ones make them heavier. I have a copper one. Is that true?
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              • Originally posted by Corvidae View Post
                Yeah, no, thats what has come to my mind as well. Although a friend also pointed out that eating so much red meat prolly has given me a lot more iron than usual, so maybe that has affected things as well.

                Also, it is my understanding that while the progestin (light hormone) ones will seriously reduce period intensity and strength, the copper ones make them heavier. I have a copper one. Is that true?
                Yeppers. I had very light/short periods before, so I'm guessing that I now have something closer to normal. It's definitely made a difference in that regard.
                “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                  Yeppers. I had very light/short periods before, so I'm guessing that I now have something closer to normal. It's definitely made a difference in that regard.
                  Not for everyone though---I have the copper one and my flow is the same, I just have cramps now whereas before I didn't. I think it really just depends on the person.
                  "The mountains are calling and I must go."
                  --John Muir


                  "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
                  --Tommy Caldwell


                  ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
                  --Hyperlithic

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                  • I just saw a commercial for some "healthy" chocolate milk called Tru-Moo I believe or something like that... the mom won't let the kid get cookies but hey, chocolate milk, why not?

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                    • how did I miss this thread? Like it


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                      • Originally posted by Jenny View Post
                        So... wait... you supplement with progesterone, yet you have something against "The Pill"? hee hee hee...
                        Yes, just like I supplement with Fish oil and some other supplements... Estradiols and Estrogens are dangerous. And there is nothing healthy about "REproductive health". But that is another discussion.

                        I stopped eating soy a couple of months ago (full of "natural" estradiols and phyto-estrogens) and I have been feeling OH SO much better.

                        I stopped at the farmer's market on the way home yesterday and I looked at the home made whoopie pies available in the basket. I looked, grimaced and said, "Oh, they look good, but I can't eat them."
                        The clerk asked me why.
                        "I haven't eaten sugar or flour in a month"
                        "Why is that?"
                        "Because sugar and flour are a poison and couldn't eat them now even if I wanted to."
                        Happily, she actually seemed interested... and I told her about it a little.

                        A seed planted, perhaps?
                        The eyes of all hope in thee, O Lord: and thou givest them meat in due season.
                        Psalms 144:15

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                        • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                          Sorry I misread you! I just hear people who slag on women's sexual health choices, and it gets up my nose. Glad to know I was mistaken

                          I have a reference book that I lend out quite often that was written by the Canadian Society of Ob/Gyns. It covers everything from condoms to IUDs to NFP. So many young people (girls and guys) really are dreadfully uninformed about their birth control options (see Alex's comment above as an example). I'm fortunate that I have a good doctor who was happy to discuss alternatives with me, but I know not everyone is so lucky. I think everyone should have access to a full range of reproductive health information and options.

                          Scarleteen.com is another good, sex-positive, science-based resource for young people.
                          Oh, and I wasn't dissing women's choices on BC but on taking HBC. I have my own personal views but that is neither here nor there.

                          As for IUDs the reason that IUDs are not discussed in most US doctor offices is because of the problems and deaths with IUDs in the 70s and 80s. Women died, horribly, and consumers have long memories.

                          As for IUDs in China... really? I wouldn't compare us to them in just about ... no not anything. They force sterilization and contraception. Not exactly women's reproductive choices and sell their girls.

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                          • Originally posted by Clymb View Post
                            I don't understand why more women don't get an IUD...I'm totally against hormonal BC so I chose the copper IUD for myself. Last for 10 years and has no maintennance. I've had it since the beginning of February. All my friends are jealous I have it, but for some reason none of them will get it. :/
                            I want one badly, but my idiotic insurance doesn't cover *any* form of birth control. It was going to cost me like $900+. My husband just started a new job with different benefits, so maybe we'll get lucky this time!
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                            • I have a copper IUD. I don't know if this would be helpful to anyone else, but I got it at our local health department last year. I was working an $8/hour job, so I qualified for a lot of financial assistance.. and then I got extra lucky, because they were doing a study where they were giving women IUDS, either copper or hormonal, for FREE, I just have to talk to the doctor about my experience once a year, over the phone. So, if you qualify for that kind of financial assistance, your local health dept. might be a good option to check out.


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                              • My grocery store just recently reorganized and put the candy aisle and diet aisle together.
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