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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
During my hospital stay for severe anemia in Jan/Feb, they found a blood clot in my pelvis (PVT). Therefore, I had to stop taking my birth control pills sad and now need to find another method with no estrogen. My ob/gyn is recommending a Mirena IUD. I'm wondering what are you using other than the pill and your opinion of it, concerns, etc. So far this IUD looks like a good option but I wanted to see if there are any concerns or issues or other options. I asked about the shot and the concern was that they don't know how I'm going to react to progesterone and that if we decide to get pregnant I would have to wait 18 months before trying. Thoughts? Suggestions? Recommendations? Thanks in advance for any and all information you can provide me with.
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   Posted 3/15/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the copper IUD (ParaGard), it has no hormones in it and it lasts for 10 years.  I didn't want the Mirena because I didn't want the hormones.  I've had the ParaGard for 3 1/2 years and it's been great, no problems whatsoever.

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   Posted 3/15/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm back to using condoms. So far so good but they aren't the most romantic.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 3/15/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Nuvaring.  But it does have estrogen in it.

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   Posted 3/16/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
There's also the ol' tried and true diaphragm.

However, once you get past the stage of having children, check out the non-invasive Essure procedure for a permanent, hormone-free solution.
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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the Mirena for over two years now and would definitely recommend it. Once it was placed I had light spotting for about five months. That's longer than most people have it. That was the only drawback for me. Now I hardly even have a period. Took less than 15 minutes for the whole thing. I don't know if you've checked out the cost but I remember it was pretty expensive. But then again, you're not paying for birth control every month. Plan to get the Essure procedure in the next month or two because I know we are done. But I think you can start trying to conceive once it's removed.

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