Paragard vs. Mirena

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Mirena or ParaGard: Which Birth control is Right for You?
Mary Scott
English 121: English Composition I
Instructor: Melissa Holmberg
January 30, 2012

Choosing the right birth control can be overwhelming. When you narrow it down and an Intrauterine Contraceptive (IUC) is the chosen method, you need to carefully review the pros and cons of each. Currently there are two popular forms known as Mirena and ParaGard. These have been available for more than 20 years and are FDA approved. Both provide the same benefit but are different in some ways. My goal is help you choose which birth control method is right for you. Mirena is made of a soft plastic that is inserted by your physician into the cervix. It is designed to release small amounts of the hormone progestin which causes a delay in ovulation. The process takes approximately 15 minutes and begins to take effect within seven days of insertion. The price for this device ranges from $500 to $1000 and is covered by most Insurance companies. If Insurance isn’t an option, it is offered under a payment plan. Mirena is more than 99. % effective and can last up to Five years. ParaGard is made of copper and is inserted by your physician into the cervix. ParaGard is non-hormonal and the copper is what prevents the egg from becoming fertilized. This process also takes approximately 15 minutes but begins to work immediately. As with Mirena, the cost ranges between $500 and $1000 and is also covered by most insurances. You also have the option of a payment plan if insurance isn’t available. ParaGard is also 99. % effective and can last between ten to twelve years. As with every form of birth control there are side effects and symptoms. Some of the symptoms and side effects associated with Mirena that are less severe include a reduction in heavy periods and it can also cause irregular cycles for the first three to six months. It has been reported to cause weight gain associated with headaches, and nausea. There is the...
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