This explains that a raised level of copper in the body can cause everything that everyone has been talking about. Get the IUD removed and follow the tips to get back to normal.
This explains that a raised level of copper in the body can cause everything that everyone has been talking about. Get the IUD removed and follow the tips to get back to normal.
I also HAD the IUD for abt 4 years until today when I had it removed. I had no issues with it up until a couple months ago, when I started having SUPER DUPER heavy periods. so bad I couldn't go to work for a couple days because no matter what I did it would go through.. UGHHHHHH. and of course all the other crazy things I've read on here.. Hair Loss, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Dizziness, Headaches, Foggy/Unclear Mind, Super Moody, 2 week PMS, Etc, I went so far as to have blood work done and an MRI. Everything NORMAL. So I jumped on line and found this site.. THANK THE LORD AND YOU LADIES.. I figured it can not be a coincidence that everyone is having similar symtoms to me with the copper IUD. So right away I called 20 different gynos to get a next day appointment and this morn I went and got it out. It cost me 250.00 (totally worth it ..if my symtoms ease up) and it did not hurt being taken out. Just felt like a regular pap. Doc did say they dont think they cause copper poisoning but has heard of people with heavy cycles and migraines. Either way I dont care It's out and I already feel better. Advice- I started taking Stress B Complex that I got from CVS. I read that if you do have copper poisoning you need zinc, C, & B6 and a whole ton of Spring water that doesnt come from copper pipes. I have been doing that and actually felt better yesterday and that was b4 I took out the IUD. I will give an update in a couple weeks to let you all know how I feel.
When I typed into the google search bar copper IUD and PMS I never imagined I would find any answers! I can't believe how similar my situation is to so many others out there. I am 33, have 3 children and have had my IUD (multiload) in for about 9 months now, and over the last few months my PMS has been increasingly getting worse. I have been getting blind pimples about a week before my period, my cycle is only a out 10 days, with spotting in between and usually slight bleeding after sex. I have insomnia, headaches and aching joints. I cannot tolerate alcohol anymore (one beer or wine giving me a headache). My PMS is so bad, I can get either really angry or sad for no good reason. I have been fighting terribly with my husband and get so cranky with my poor darling kids - it has made me feel so sad at times. So, I made an appointment with the women's health clinic and asked if my IUD could be causing this extreme change in me. The doctor said that there is no way a hormone free IUD could cause any of these symptoms, she said this is just part of life and may in fact get worse! She even offered a prescription of synthetic hormones to balance me out or Prozac!!!! Oh my goodness!
I would like to add that I have never experienced any of these symptoms before, so I am certain that this major shift in me has been caused by something. I am so relieved to find this thread - thank you to all you wonderful ladies out there for sharing your stories. I am going to get this thing out as soon as possible.
Here's hoping there is no more crazy woman living here!!
I wrote a few weeks ago with my problems with my IUD. I did get my Paragard removed about two weeks ago after another horrific period. One thing I noticed is the lack of pain in my lower back I would feel periodically. I am still waiting to see how this coming period will be. I haven't lost any weight but I do feel a bit better emotionally. I am still feeling numbness and achiness in my hands. I might try to see if drinking more spring water will help. How do you find out if it wasn't out of copper pipes? Jewel, I am very interested in seeing your results of your tests. I am going in two weeks for my general checkup and am going to see if my thyroid got thrown off course because of this. All of you ladies, please please check back in after the removal, it would be nice to compare the differences. Thanks!
I had a copper coil fitted about 7 weeks ago. I thought I had done proper research into the possible side effects before I got it and everything was fine until about 3 weeks ago. I literally feel like I am going insane. I am in tears constantly to the point where it's interfering with my job. I feel anxious, stressed and desperately unhappy, worse than I ever was using hormonal contraception and I thought that turned me into a mad woman! This morning, I woke up at 5am having a full blown anxiety attack. This is not normal for me, I have never felt so awful in my life and I have had issues with depression a few years ago when I was at university. I can''t eat, I can't sleep, I feel sick constantly and all I want to do all the time is cry, for no reason whatsoever. Nothing has changed in my life apart from the fact I had the coil fitted.
I finally thought to myself that maybe, just maybe, the coil could be to blame. It's touted as a fantastic, non-hormonal contraceptive and I had no idea whatsoever that it could cause these kind of side effects until I did some Google searches and found loads of threads like these. It's coming out, and it's coming out today. I've got an appointment with my GP in a few hours and if they won't take it out there and then I'm heading straight to the local family planning clinic. I am absolutely mortified that I was so stupid to have the bloody thing fitted in the first place.
So HAPPY I am not the only one who thought they were going crazy :D
I had my IUD removed yesterday and I hope it was for the best....I cannot do hormonal birth control either, it messes with me so bad...so I don't know what the next step is? I don't have any babies yet-I am 25 and still not ready!
Anyway~I had the IUD for several months and at first it was okay but over the last few months I have been feeling wretched, not once did I think it could be the IUD. My biggest problem was feeling so fatigued and tired everyday. I have never had this problem, ever. The last few month by afternoon I would be sitting at my desk at work too tired and fatigued to even move. I had to drag myself arround to accomplish my to do list everyday and you really can't do things that require you to pay attention to detail when you feel like that. I really started to worry that something was seriously wrong with me.
At first I thought it was the coffee so I cut way back and nothing changed. I still was as fatigued and tired as ever before. I also felt like my head was REALLY fuzzy, I meditated and no matter how long I did my felt like I just couldn't
I constantly felt like I had a whirl wind of thoughtsswarming around my head...it was enough to make me crazy I swear! No matter what I did from drinking tea to going caffiene free I still couldn't focus.
I had not felt like myself in so long. I use to feel cool, calm and collected and well balanced until started the pill 3 years ago. I decided I couldn't do it anymore so I looked into the IUD-the only "non hormonal" option out there. I second guessed it but thought I have to do something. The doctors all tell you-you will absolutly have no side affects and I belived them...so why was I feeling the way I did!?
Well I literally said to myself GOD?! What is wrong with me, am I dying...am I crazy...why don't I feel like myself and what is wrong...I can't live like this anymore! Then I stumbled on this website..and HMMMMMMMMMMMMM and bunch of woman with the same symptoms. After reading this I scheduled an appointment immeadiately to get the IUD out. I had it taken out yesterday and this morning is my first morning without it. Nothing to drastic has occured but we will see how I feel this afternoon.
I too was having heavy, long periods-not obsurd but not normal. I am also one who likes to stay somewhat fit and when I put my mind to it I lose weight I can usually do it quickly.
Well I was 127 when I start the pill and when I went off it I was 154?!! I thought to myself ok the IUD will help me loose all my weight! I worked out everyday at lunch for 30 minutes did yoga 3 times a week and rode my bike and ran on weekends on top of eating nothing but oatmeal, veggies and meat and fruit and guess what I am at 152. I have never had children and I used to take weight off pretty quick...what was preventing that from happening.
My most recent scare....my hair... OK so I wasn't blessed with huge boobs or a perfect body but what I did have going on was my hair...long dark, shiny and straight and I mean really shiny. Well when I started the pill I lost a lot but then it quit. Well a couple weeks ago I started losing hair again and my ponytail is half the thinckness is was :-( which devistates me and it's not nearly as shiny. I too didn't have any problems right away until recently.
I have also felt the symtoms of anxiety and fear which is completely out of my NORM.
I really hope taking the IUD out is going to fix these issues-I think it will, I really can't think of anything else causing them. Thank you all to who contributed to this...you just may have helped so many other woman figure out why they have been feeling miserable which is aMAZING:)
I am so happy that I found this threat. It helped me to finish unravelling what was going on with me these past couple of months. I got my IUD after I gave birth my second child on December 2010 since I didn't want to have another baby. I researched first and never found anything too bad about the copper IUD. I guess I didn't do a good job... On January 2012 while I was on vacations with my family and resting a bit for the first time in many years I started feeling a sadness in my stomach that it seemed that it didn't belong to me but I couldn't stop feeling it. I thought that I might have been denying some sadness because of the loss of a friend some months before so I started therapy. This didn't help much because the anxiety, panic attacks, and depression wouldn't stop growing and I kept blaming myself because I couldn't believe I was feeling sad with all the reasons I had to be happy: two beautiful children, a great partner, a good job. So I ended up seeing a psychiatrist that gave me an antidepressive treament that made me feel better. So I kind of closed the case and thought I was depressed. However on June I started having this sensation in my stomach again. The only difference was that it came with a great deal of cramps. That's when I started thinking that there could be a link between depression and the copper IUD. So I went back to the internet and I found this thread that led me to a lot of additional information.
Obviously I decided to get the IUD removed a month ago and the sensation in my stomach disappeared days after. I told the story to my psychiatrist and he said that it could be possible and I stopped with the mental health treatment a week ago. I am feeling better day after day but I decided to go deeper in my research. I am from Argetina and I decided to do an in depth research in order to see if I can demand the Bayer Company. I don't think that the IUD should be taken out of the market but I believe that at least they should inform Clients better on what could be the possible side effects so every one can do an informed decision. Also, if I get enough empirical evidence I plan to put all the information I find on a website and give to the press: I want woman to know that depression, anxiety, panic attacks could be a side effect of the copper IUD. Consequently, I will continue reading your post and if you have any interesting link, please resond to this post.
Thank you all for taking the time to share to story, you helped me enormously.
PS: While I had the IUD I went to see a dermatologist because I was with a lot of ACNE and I am 37 years old! She made my check my hormones and everything came back normal.
It's been a while since I've checked up on replies. I see that more and more women are having the same side effects. I had posted my story a couple of moths ago when I was decided to take it out. Unfortunatelly its still in me. I tried taking it out a few times but just felling that pulling sensation made me a nervous and would stop. I still feel crappy, and now i'm associating the pain in my joints to the iud since i've also read that complaint. Haven't gone to the GY cause I don't have health insurace and honestly things are pretty tight. I was wondering if I go to a public hospital maybe it would be cheaper. Any suggestions?
I really wish I would have come across this forum prior to having the copper iud inserted. I was so excited at first that there was something that didn't contain hormones that would work for yrs. I haven't had it in place for even a full month yet and I'm starting to see side effects, actually first started seeing them after the first week. I've experienced everything from high anxiety, hot flashes, extreme fatigue, crazy up and down mood swings, and just an overall spacy feeling. I work out pretty often, usually do cardio for 45min 4 to 5 days a week and ever since I started paraguard I haven't been able to do my full workouts, too tired to do more than 20min. Has anyone else experienced heartburn? That's another side effect that I didn't really see mentioned in this forum. Oh yes, and lets not forget the weird odor that came out of nowhere about a week and a half after I had it inserted. It only lasted a day or 2, but talk about embarrassing. I have an appt scheduled for Monday to have it taken out. When all is said and done I will have spent $800 on this thing that makes me feel even worse then birth control pills made me feel. Can't wait to get it out though and get back to my normal self. I really don't see how some women put up with it for years before realizing maybe its the iud that's the cause of their problems. Then again, I was on the pill all throughout my 20s (now 32) and felt like crapola pretty regularly. Horrible, horrible side effects!!!
I am so happy to realise I am not alone in my 'symptoms' I had the copper coil iud fitted in Feb and apart from initial discomfort at insertion things went well. But slowly over the months I have felt worse and worse with extended heavy periods and major passing of clots. Also add to the list migraines before periods, aching leg muscles, swollen thumb joints and teariness for no reason, to being almost maniacal if someone upsets me at home. I have lost interest in exercise where I used to love it! I might add that these acts have never been part of my nature before so I have been left feeling disillusioned and fearing for my sanity. Also about two weeks after insertion I had an angry red rash on my legs and upper arms that did alleviate after steroid cream was applied.
It was only today when my Mum told me she had never seen me like this and questioned the coil that the little niggles I had had previously came to the fore. Since checking out a number of sites relating to this topic my mind is made up!. I am hoping to get to my local Family Planning clinic tomorrow and have it removed. Just because it is not hormonal does not make it natural. I guess if we were meant to have these things in our wombs we would be born with them.
I will try and do an update once it has been removed as I am hoping that the symptoms/side effects will abate quickly.
Thank you for all your posts as it has been enlightening and helped make my decision so much easier :) x
Ok Girls I wanted to check back with you all to let you know of my progress. It has been about a month and a half since I had my Copper IUD taken out and I feel AMAZING!!! Almost all the way back to my normal self. YAY!!!!!!!! Right at first I felt a relief.. It wasn't all 100% better right away but it has progressively gotten a ton better!! Also of what read says it takes a couple months for your system to clean the toxins out and your body to recovery from the intense stress.
Just to recap, I got the IUD about 4ish years ago and never had a problem with it that I knew of.. except for a couple panic attacks. Then I got into a car accident and 4 days after is when all these symtoms started with a force and lasted about a month before I learned of Copper Toxicity and had the IUD removed the next day. I am thinking that somehow I was jarred around where it made the Copper get into my system more.. or something.. not sure.. all I know is These were my symptoms:
Panic Attacks(ALL THE TIME, Never ending)
Tingly Hands and Feet and Top of Head
Hair Falling Out
I thought I was dying, I could not function at work or at home. I couldn't even spend QT with the Hubs or Kids. I would go to work.. muddle through and come home straight to my bed, I did not want to see anyone, I was just so not with it and scared. I just researched and researched Copper Toxicity and Panic Attacks.
Since the Copper Toxicity causes Anxiety and Anxiety causes most of the symtoms I was having.. I not only got the IUD removed.. I also took other steps that I reccommend others to take to aid to your speedy recovery
1. Get an erray of vitamins that help with copper toxicity and anxiety- I took and still am taking-
-Stress B Complex(it has a bit of copper in it.. but the Zinc in it counters it, so dont get worried)
-Fish Oil with Omega
(got all these at CVS)
2. Drink TONS of Spring Water ( alot of tap and filtered water has copper in it so Spring is the Best)
3. Do Yoga/Breathing Exercises/Meditation to relax (I found really easy ones on YouTube)
4. READ every eliminate stress and axiety/self help article/website/book you can find and find what tips work for you and use them.
5. Exercise (It releases saratonin, Sex included.. Just make sure to use condoms after IUD is out.. unless you want a baby) :-)
6. Try to eat mostly Vegtables/Fruits/Chicken/Fish.. This one was hard for me to do all the time so at least one of my meals would be only the above.
7. Eliminate Stress the Best you Can. -Figure your bills -Clean out and Organize your closets, house, cars -rearrange furniture for a fresh change - Send the kids to Grandmas for the weekend. -Get caught up on anything lurking on your to do list, -ETC.
All of the above are Great things to do all the time but most importantly while you are trying to get yourself back to normal. You are weening yourself back to health so taking the above steps is essential. You can do it. You are not Crazy and You too can have a Fabulous Life again. I hope my experience can help other girlies out there like myself.. If you would like to talk..I'm here.. please email me at email@example.com.