Hi. I don't post here anymore ( I'm on pro boards) but I happened to see your post.
I've had the paragard for four years now. Umm.. let's just say, it's a love hate relationship.
I love that it has no hormones ( I can not be on any hormonal BC hence why I don't have Mirena) and I love that it lasts for 10 yrs but that is where the love ends.
I have majorly bad cramps for two days of my 5 day period. My periods pretty much run like this: first day real light ( no tampon needed just a panty liner, second and third days are so heavy that I go through a super plus tampon in 2-4hrs ( I've got my own little CSI crime scene going on) day 4 is finally normal and day 5 goes from normal to light then ends between days 5-6.
I should also mention that my periods are NOT on a normal cycle ( they where before any type of BC). They range from standard 28 day all the way to 35 day with no rhym or reason. Real pita when trying to plan trips!
Every woman I have met who has the paragard has the extrem heavy bleeding but not all have the extrem fluxuation in periods(most have said they are off a few days here and there). I should note: I'm 36 and bodies change with age so the extreme irregular periods could just be my aging body :)
I would love the mirena and no or light periods but again, I can't take hormonal BC. I've got 6 more yrs with the paragard then it's DH's turn...snip snip : )