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2/5/12 at 5:55pm
Hi all! I have been following this post for a few months after looking for answers to all the strange symptoms I have been having mainly for the past 1-2 yrs that my PCP's can't seem to help me with.I wanted to share my personal experience... I am a 37 yr old nurse and have some medical knowledge, and have been with one partner for 5 yrs. My health history is unexceptional, and I take very good care of myself with a healthy diet and regular exercise. I've never been skinny, but at 5'2" I always weighed around 125-135 lbs which is normal. I have a had a copper IUD for almost 3 yrs and decided on it after having side effects related to bc with hormones. While taking bc I gained wt. (10lbs), got high blood pressure (which I've never had), and battled edema with each period (I would gain 7-10 lbs) at that time of the month with no changes in my diet or exercise routine. Also developed chronic BV (which I've never had and is soooo embarassing! makes it very hard to want to be intimate) and my GYN told me it's a chemical imbalance and treated me with metronidazole several time to no avail. She told me it's very unlikely related to the bc I was on...
I decided I had enough and stopped the bc and switched to the copper IUD. The BV went away within a few days!!! The first yr. on the IUD was good. I was able to lose the 10+ lbs I had gained on bc, my energy levels were better and I didn't have constant edema... I thought everything was finally back in balance. Changes in my body started to happen slowly. My middle abd. became a little "thickened" as my GYN warned me about, but I could live with it and only put on a 3-4 lbs. My periods were very heavy and lasted a long time (7-10 days) with bad cramps but I was willing to live with that for not having to use bc with hormones.
By the second yr. I was up about 7-10lbs so I kicked up my exercise and tried to be stricter about my diet (cutting carbs, sugar, and cut way back on alcohol). Nothing seemed to help : ( By 2 1/2 yrs I noticed a HUGE decrease in my libido, hair losson my hed and hair growth in other places, increase in body odor especially in the groin area, constipation,excessive tiredness, increase in PMS, strange rashes/allergies, increased sensitivity to caffeine and alcohol, insomnia, hypoglycemia, and periods became very irregular and I felt bloated all the time especially my tummy. Those are all classic hypothyroid symptoms as well as estrogen dominance, but all my previous TSH results have been normal...I went to my PCP and GYN several time to check on my symptoms with no answer. All blood tests were normal... as time went on I was having a full period every 10days with spotting in between.They've checked for uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and breast lumps. I've had EKG, heart monitor, pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrsound, mammogram, and numerous blood tests which have all come back okay, thank God! I've suffered from extreme exhaustion no matter how much rest I got, and my muscle recovery time made it very difficult to exercise or run more than 2 miles... (last year I could run 7-10 miles). My wt. has gone up to 160 lbs!!! My breasts have gone from a B cup to a small D cup!! My pants size has gone from an 8 to a 12!! I also had anxiety attack like symptoms...
I went back to my PCP and it was found that I was mildly hypothyroid and they started me on thyroid meds about 2 1/2 months ago. I have had some slight relief in symptoms such as less edema and better energy levels which has helped me to increase my exercise ( I can run 5 miles) but still having heavy, irregular periods. My TSH is back to normal but I haven't lost a pound despite strict diet and exercise : ( I've tried supplementing with zinc, avoiding copper rich foods and thyroid suppressing foods, and using a topical progesterone cream to help balance my estrogen but it has only helped a little. I am really beginning to think I just need to take out the IUD : (. I did mountains of research and found many of the same articles about copper toxicity, it's relation to estrogen dominance, as well as read hundreds of posts by women just as frustrated as me... I was hoping that the copper IUD was the right bc for me as I have a latex allergy, but I am really considering taking it out : ( and hoping that my body can return to normal. According to all the research I have done, there seems to be a strong correlation between copper imbalance, estrogen imbalance, and thyroid imbalance. It would be nice to find a doctor that sees the connections..... If I have success after I remove the IUD I will update this post. Good luck to every one suffering, thank you for sharing, and hope things get better!
WOW... Thank you google! and thank all of you for this post. I found this forum by making a search for copper iud emotional side effects. For a while I've been wanting to look up info on this because I just didn't feel like myself. Latelly I've been out of control, crying over nothing and just feeling lost and like a horrible mom. I have a two and a half year old and a one year old, I got my iud about 3 weeks after she was born. I can't say much about my period cause I haven't had one for almost 6 months, probably cause I breastfeed. But ever since I got my iud in I've been so moody, almost non existent sex drive, fatigued, agressive, sad and just feeling depressed. I have never suffered from any of this before. I thought maybe I was just tired and kind of stressed out with dealing with a baby and a hyperactive toddler. I was starting to feel like a horrible mother, like I had no control, that I was loosing my mind. I snap at my two year old over stupid things and fight with my husband over nothing. Before I had my iud put in I would be so happy, I could lay with my toddler all day, walk to the park, dance, sing and just have fun with her. And I just feel so guilty of what I've become. I cant help crying while I talk about this because I cant stop thinking what my babies think of me... So grouchy and moody... yelling over nothing and on occations just crying and sobbing cause I feel like I cant take it anymore. Then after a while I cant believe why I reacted that way. My girls are yelling back at eachother now and i know it what they learn from me. I feel so guilty!!! I never wanted to be like this. The other day my husband was trying to soothe me, telling me that I was over reacting and that everything was ok, to take it easy. He tels me that I'm yelling all the time and getting upset over nothing. He even feels sorry for me and says that if motherhood wasnt what I expected that maybe I should work and he would stay home with the girls. That makes me feel even worse because I love my babies soooo much I couldnt even think of being away from them, but then again if I'm in a bad mood most of the time it's not good for them either. So the point is that I dont need to look any further. I want to feel as I felt before, happy, energetic, ALIVE. I mean my girls are named Peace and Love, I can't go on living this way. Tonight I'm gonna take it out!!! I'm done with this!!! Thank you all for this... I'll definitly keep you posted.
Hi All, thank you for sharing your experiences with the IUD. I just got my copper T three weeks ago and have been experiencing tiredness, pain in the lower abdomen as well as dull pain coming from the ovaries and anus coming down the inner thie all the way down to my foot. On both legs. Like a disturbed long nerv. Numbness as well. I called my gyno to tell him about these symptoms and he said it is normal and they will last for a few months... He never mentioned copper poisoning. When i asked about any side effects from the IUD he said just heavy periods and cramps.
Has anyone of you had a simmilar experience with pain and numbness in legs/arms?
I'm going to see a homeopath soon to find out what can be done.
Gynos swear by this loop crap. I'm pretty sure they are reccommending it so they can sell their stock quicker not even caring if they cause harm to women.
Anyways, i will appreciate if I can get a responce about my issue.
Thank you and keep well.
UPDATE: On 2/13/12 my copper IUD was REMOVED! I bleed and cramped for about 5 hours. After IUD breakdown: copper colored stools daily, sweating much more especially at night (thinking of taking a sauna sesssion). The redness in my face started to deminish 4 days later and for 3 days no redness in face/ hands. Then 2 days ago hands and arms were mild burning in them..this happened too w/ IUD and my hands were burning again today. Then after i ate dinner w/ my children (soup) my face started to burn in patches as did both hands. I am eating broccoli and cilantro daily (organic as I don't need exttra stuf in my body) this is my poor girls version of Chelaton theropy I read about...I am not a medical person just trying to be easy on my self and keeping it simple. Today is has been 8 days and I am looking forward to more inprovements and my mensa! God bless you all....PS my doctor laughed and told me to see a allergist..scheduling that this week and ttried 2 times to have me keep the IUD in!
Hello. I'm new to the forum but came across it in my search about the copper coil and side effects!
My story - I had the copper Nova T380 inserted back in the middle of September last year as I have a history of cysts and slightly elevated BP so needed a non-hormonal form of BC. Insertion was great, a little discomfort and some cramps afterwards but that was it. I also started college as well in the September and returned to work in November.
I started suffering from a thrush like infection prior to the arrival of my AF but would disappear as soon as AF started, fatigue, eczema on my hands, feeling nauseous, joint aches and general lack of get up and go and I went to dr's in January because I was depressed and anxious and now suffering from insomnia!
I'm not sure what prompted me to look at the link but something occurred to me that perhaps all these symptoms were a little coincidental as I didn't have any of this prior to starting college or having the coil put in - even with running around after a toddler and a baby! The more I've looked into it the more I realise that I believe it is my coil that is causing these symptoms through copper toxicity and estrogen dominance to the point of I can predict the symptoms as they cyclic - depression and brain fogginess before or around ovulation with thrust like symptoms building up towards my AF. I am going to contact my dr to get it removed as I can't deal with it any longer and I need to see it it helps with the symptoms. I shall keep you updated!
I am relieved to have found you ladies! There is nothing worse than feeling helpless and worrying that maybe you are just going crazy. I posted my story on my blog. You can find it here: http://coppert.blogspot.com/. I am just happy to know it's not me and that things will change once this darn thing is gone! I have an appointment on Friday to have my paragard iud removed after 10 years. But since I quit smoking ten months ago, the symptoms have heightened and are constant and these past few months they have been unbearable to the point where I couldn't hold a job or take a class if my life depended on it! I'm so grateful to my husband who has been so supportive through all this. My "craziness" with my anxiety and panic attacks and vertigo and claustrophobia would've driven anyone away. But he's been wonderful and doesn't think I'm crazy. At first it started with thinking I inherited my mom's thyroid problems and that it may also be due to vitamin b12 deficiency. But it's all related to the iud. I am hopeful that once it is removed that things will go back to normal. I am reading up now to see how long it may take for me to get better since I've had it so long. Thank you for sharing your stories and please feel free to stop by my blog and comment!
I am so happy to have found this site. I had a baby back in September. In November I put the copper IUD in. I am not sure if this is what's causing me to be dizzy, tired, spacy, emotional, bad headaches, hotflashes, anxiety, or keppra, but I just went to the doctor today and had it taken out. After I read a lot of the posts, it sounded like the IUD is the problem. I look forward to feeling better as I have two kids to take care of at home. I will keep everyone posted. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I got a copper IUD in March or April of 2011 and 3 months later in July began suffering a lot of mental health issues, most notably depression and anxiety. I felt like I was going crazy. I had it removed late August (that's how long it took me to connect the dots), and some minor issues went away and the depression and anxiety were relieved a lil bit, but I still am suffering from both and have not returned to my normal self since. I dont know if I ever will... =/ DO NOT GET A COPPER IUD IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY DEBATING IT!!
If you want to get your IUD removed because of side effects, especially mental health issues, beware that the doctors will most likely tell you that your IUD is not the source and that you should leave it in. Do not believe them!! They are not the one with it experiencing the problems, but rather the ones making the money from you getting it! I had to demand that mine be removed after over a month of severe depression, anxiety, moodiness, memory loss, along with some typical physical side effects as well. I felt better for a few weeks and then the anxiety and depression returned episodically, only to worsen again over time. I have had my IUD out since July 2011 but still suffer nearly every day from depression and from anxiety whenever I feel even an ounce of stress. This was not the case before getting the IUD. I was the most normal person and bad things would happen to me left and right and would never phase me. While having the IUD i began crying simply over losing my keys and other little things (experiencing anxiety) and I would get depressed for no reason and just sit on my couch after work and not move all day until it was time to go to bed. Then I would do the same thing the next day. I could not function and even had to quit the part-time job I had at that time because it became overwhelming. DO NOT GET THE COPPER IUD IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING IT!! IT MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND YOU MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO GET IT BACK AND BE YOUR NORMAL SELF AGAIN!! IF YOU ALREADY HAVE IT, THEN GET IT REMOVED ASAP!! THERE IS NOTHING TO DEBATE, IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR SANITY GET IT OUT!!
I had my paraguard inserted almost a month ago now. my period is due today and instead of bleeding, i have just been cramping and spotting on and off ever since the device was inserted. PMS hit me about a week ago, and the cramping got worse, so i have been anticipating a period and nothing is happening. the only thing that has changed is that i am feeling some particularly intense anxiety. however, i am confused and stressed out by this because i just made a major move/change in my life so I don't know if it is the IUD or the move that is causing this anxiety, but i am beginning to feel very depressed (even though i am really happy in my new home!!!). I have also been experiencing really intense nightmares. I don't like the feeling of needing to bleed and nothing happening. I really don't want to get pregnant and hormonal BC is simply not an option for me. but yesterday I had a serious breakdown, because my body is totally freaking out..my entire back, neck, and shoulders are in extreme pain. i am more paranoid than usual and i can't tell if its the move or the copper. i don't want to be a hypochondriac or a paranoid hippie, but i am experiencing anxiety and depression that has been different than the anxiety and depression i have suffered in the past. this time its like a hormonal feeling. i got pregnant and had an abortion in december and the only other time i have felt so emotional was when i was pregnant. can anyone give me some advice? I am really , really confused about what i should do...since i have only had this thing in for less than a month, i don't want to be hasty about removing it already, but i also don't want to keep it in if copper is just going to be accumulating in my body and making things worse as time goes on.
any help or advice is appreciated,
---update, i just spoke with a dr, and like everyone in this thread says, she said there is no way the iud can be causing my problems. some support or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for all of the posts on this thread.
I think you always know your own body as a woman to know when things aren't feeling right, and it has been so helpful to read exactly the same experiences as mine, know that I'm not going crazy and make me decide to get rid of my copper IUD.
I am 27yrs old, and after suffering glandular fever, and having a termination, I got a copper IUD fitted 4 months ago. My own doctor didn't recommend a copper IUD after bad experiences herself, but I got talked into it at the termination clinic.
I thought I would give it a couple of months and see how it went.
My first period was extremely heavy and crampy, which I expected but had never experienced before, and the first month was OK, as I knew my body was trying to recover from everything else, so I expected to be really tired and emotional.
My next period was much the same, with continual spotting afterwards, but again I thought I would give it some time for my body to recover. Having never had heavy periods, cramps or spotting before, it sucked but I figured that was the only thing to have to live with now I had an IUD.
Then I started getting extremely bad depression 2 weeks out from my periods. I've never had PMS before, and am definitely not depressed, but I felt like I was about to cry for no reason all the time, get really moody and fatigued and just downright low on life!! Completely not like me at all, and really kinda scary to be honest! With this, I'd get bad cramps, my stomach would be so bloated and I felt like I was constipated all the time, and have pain in my lower tummy all the time.
I have just started to get aches in my hips, back, lower abdomen and knees which kinda feels like growing pains I guess, and don't really have much of an appetite because my stomach always feels so full and bloated.
Because I didn't really know if these symptoms were following on from glandular fever or a termination, I haven't known whether to ride it out, see if my body settles in time, but having found so many others with the same experiences I'm definitely going to call my doctor and get it out now.
I have felt much worse recently than I ever have whilst on a birth control pill, but I really do think everyone is different, and for me this just doesn't work...
I think I knew instinctively that the IUD was the cause of the depression etc. that's why I found this link, so than you for sharing your experiences!!
Well I just wanted to give an update. On Tuesday 13 March I had my coil removed. I could sense that my GP was sceptical about some of my reasons for its removal so I didn't bother telling her the rest. At one point she told me that they could treat my recurrent thrush and my response was "What EVERY month?!" She was fighting a losing battle so she removed it. I literally skipped/floated out of the surgery, now even I know its removal wouldn't have had an instance effect but I did feel different. The next morning I bounded out of bed with loads of energy and enthusiasm. It has now been just over 2 weeks since it has been removed and I have to say categorically I feel like me again, a new woman, and the best bit of all I have got my sex drive back and my husband keeps saying he has got his wife back.
The brain fogginess/spaciness has gone, I haven't had any PMS symptoms this month, I haven't had had any of the post-ovulation depression that I suffered from and no thrush! My ezcema on my hands has cleared up and I don't ache as much and my energy levels and motivation and enthusiasm are amazing - I feel like the duracell bunny and I just can't get over the difference it has made. I have got a follow up booked with my GP and I will literally bounce in, hand her a load of reading matter, tell her how fab I feel and bounce straight back out (until I get pg!)
I am 24 years old. I had my copper IUD for 2 years before having it removed. I always had heavy bleeding, horrible cramps, and yeast like symptoms. I can't handle hormonal birth control so I was trying to stick it out with the IUD to see if it would subside. Then one day out of no where came the unbearable anxiety and panic attacks. I also feel like im in a constant state of brain fog, and suffer from insomnia on and off. I had blood work and ultrasounds done to rule out any problems. When everything came back normal I started to do my own research and came upon several different forums about women experiencing the same side effects as me. I had the IUD removed a month ago, and some of the side effects have subsided, but the anxiety and heart palpitations are still lingering around. To me this is the worst part about it. I was also lossing hair and loss of sex drive, but both seem to have started to come back slowly. To anyone contemplating and IUD I have to say it sure as hell isn't worth it!!! Its a foreign object lodged into your body which obviously can not be good for you. Mine was also starting to become embedded into the uterus which could have meant surgery if it had been more severe! I have been trying to follow a diet to detox the body of heavy metals, and also now take zeolites and chlorella. Both of these things help pull heavy metals from the body. I can not wait for the day to wake up and feel normal with no anxiety or elevated heart rate. Any other tips would be appreciated. Im grateful for the women who have started these forums, and hope this helps others out. Good luck to you all, and I will keep ya updated.
And by the way, just like everyone said, the doctors dont believe the side effects are linked to the IUD. But you know your body and if something wierds going on thats never happened before, get it out!
Whoa! I am reading all these reports about the copper IUD, which I have had for 3 years, and am now looking to get removed, and I am now wondering if the symptoms I have been attributing to paraguard are just the tip of the iceberg. I had 7 months of recurrent yeast infections when I had had paraguard in for 2 years, and then that went away, and everything seemed fine for about 4 months. Then I noticed my discharge, which had been heavier and waterier ever since I got the IUD, had started to smell weird, and strong.
I went to the Dr. yesterday to get a pap, and to ask them to remove the IUD, and I got my pap, but they refused to remove the IUD! They are putting me off, and after giving me a prescription of metronidazole gel, for bacterial vaginosis (they didn't even have a chance to find out from the culture yet if that's actually the reason for the smelly discharge!), they want me to wait a month to see if I still want the thing out. I am tempted to try removing it myself, since I can easily find and grab the strings.
I am now wondering if the recent bouts of heart palpitations may be related to the copper IUD as well. I have also had anxiety attacks for the past several years, which were uncharacteristic of me before the copper IUD. Anyone here ever experience these things with the copper IUD, when they never did before? Just curious what else may be out of whack for me now due to this piece of metal being in my womb...
I finally got my copper IUD removed after 3 years of use!
I experienced a lot of anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, more yeast infections, as well as sharp uncomfortable pains at unexpected times.
For me, all of the physical pain began right with insertion. It did get "better" within six months. By "better" I mean it didn't hurt when I bent over, when I ran, or during sex as much.
The emotional symptoms did not start until I had it in for about 9 months to a year. At first I thought it was grieving symptoms from a 2nd trimester miscarriage I had right before putting the IUD in. I'm sure some of it was, and now I'm sure some of it was due to the copper.
Prior to having the IUD I never had digestive issues. I have not changed my diet in any drastic way since getting the IUD, but now I have been experiencing digestive cramping. It's bad enough to keep me up at night. I've also had never experienced insomnia. For the past 2 years, I have been kept up by odd things that in the past would not have provoked so much anxiety.
The list goes on and on:
*Pre-IUD I never had my heart start racing for no apparent reason. Post-IUD It happened quit a bit.
*Pre-IUD I never had my limbs go numb. Post-IUD my arms would sometimes go numb.
*Pre-IUD I hardly ever got a yeast or bacterial infection (as I eat no refined food and lots of garlic). Post-IUD I got 3 yeast infections and 2 bacterial infections.
*Pre-IUD I had PMS symptoms, but they were manageable. Post-IUD my PMS symptoms became off the wall horrible. I began to loss my temper at everything. I became soooo teary.
*Pre-IUD I didn't feel dizzy and nauseous. Post IUD I feel dizzy and nauseous almost everyday. I truly believe it somehow affected my blood sugar.
I went to MD's, ND's, and my gynecologist. I had TONS of tests run on me. My thyroid came back healthy, all blood tests came back healthy, I am at a healthy weight and have healthy blood pressure. I had my heart tested because of the racing and the numbing and the MD said everything is perfect.
If I am completely healthy, then where are all these symptoms coming from???
Although none of them thought it could be possibly caused by the IUD, I do. I'm really glad I got it removed now.