I am so relieved to have found this. I thought I was going crazy. I got my copper IUD in march, 5 months ago, and things have slowly getting worse. I am a 21 year old college student in a steady monogamous relationship, never had children. I decided to get the IUD after bad experiences with hormonal methods and the desire to free my sexual life from condoms, diaphragm, ect. After talking to my mom and a few friends who had gotten paraguard and had good experiences, i thought it seemed like the best option for me. Besides the insertion being the most painful thing i've ever experienced, the first month of Paraguard was fine, just a few more cramps and a little spotting, but nothing abnormal. The 2nd period I had is when i noticed my emotions totally out of whack. I was on a 3 week long road trip, that my 9 day period fell right in the middle of. A few days before, during and all of the duration of the period I was an emotional disaster. I am normally a rational, happy person, but I was became angry, sensitive and unenthused. I was seeing some beautiful amazing parts of the country, all while sleeping outside under the stars with my awesome boyfriend, something I would normally be thrilled about. But something was wrong. I cried all the time, and just didn't feel joy like normal. I was such a downer! I felt depressed and alone in my hyperactive, sensitive mind. Things got better a few days after my period ended, and i felt MUCH more normal, but not 100%. I knew something was wrong, but instead of allowing myself to believe what i knew deep down was likely the cause, the IUD, i blamed all of the things changing in my life. My boyfriend had just graduated and was moving across the country for a job, I moved away from my 3 roomates and in by myself, my brother was entering rehab, and i was stuck, alone in my lonely apartment in a 100 degree arizona summer doing summer school while all of my friends were away doing awesome stuff. Despite all of this, I am an emotionally rational person that is normally so clear headed, but I am struggling. I no longer feel like exercising, gardening, crafting, cooking, or any of the activities i normally enjoy. Now every month, for about 2 weeks, before, during and after my period, I feel depressed, irritable, lathargic, achy, and I overthink everything. I have also noticed in the last month that I am having bizzare and very vivid dreams. And now I am losing a lot more hair than normal. I thought about getting tested for hypothyroidism, because my mom has it, and my symptoms seem to be similar, besides no weight gain. But i am now so sure its the IUD. I felt like i would be overreacting by getting it removed after only 5 months of testing it out, but I am sick of not feeling like myself. I want to ask my gyn, but i feel like they will blame anything before they blame the iud for the way ive been feeling. I think i am going to start taking supplements to combat possible copper toxicity, wait a month, and if no luck, yank the thing.
I am thankful to not feel so alone in this anymore!