I went to the OB-GYN today and im convinced that i want the Mirena. It only lasts 5 yrs (boo hoo) compared to the 10 yrs the Paraguard lasts but for most people it stops their period entirely and others only have a real light period. Paraguard made my cramps feel like childbirth. Ive tried everything for my cramps. Prescription Ibuprofen, Naproxem (I was prescribed low dose and when it didnt work I got the highest dose) and now the only thing that seems to work is the narcotic Hydrocodone but they don't wanna keep giving it to me because narcotics can be addictive (even though i rarely use it because the pain is only unbearable on the 1st and sometimes 2nd day of my period). I got the Paraguard because after being on the Depo Provera and Nuva Ring i've gained 50 lbs in the course of 3 yrs. The doctor said this doesn't have that side effect. Is this a good idea to solve my problem with cramps? Im not sure what else can be done about my cramps but to stop my period.