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.
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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.
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
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?
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?