How long have you been using the copper IUD? I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread for years as well, until I found out years later what it was doing to my body and that it was the cause of my health issues. It started off very gradual with headaches, sensations that felt like snapping elastics in my head, and dizzy spells and got progressively worst to the point that I would literally crawl to my bed at the end of the day. There were many mornings that I was genuinely surprised when I opened my eyes in the morning, having survived another night. At night, my heart rate was super slow and barely detectable. Now, years after having it removed, I am left with what appears to be permanent damage that seriously affects my daily living. Every day is a significant challenge due to the heart palpitations, the severe food and beverage intolerances that I developed to almost everything that makes simple every day eating a challenge ( I used to be able to eat and drink anything), the constant dizziness, the lack of energy, the breathlessness with simple tasks, the hormonal changes, bloody discharge from my nipples, rancid smelling periods (when IUD was inserted), the neurological affects (when the IUD was inserted, I would go to pour a glass of liquid and my muscles and nerves could not function together and would miss the glass), the severe brain fog and inability to speak full sentences (my words would come out all garbled or I would forget simple words), the severe headaches, the blurred vision, severe bloating (would look 6-7 months pregnant especially near my periods. I always had a flat stomach prior), weight gain, hair falling out in handfuls, grey / bluish skin tone and skin changes, urinary problems. I could go on and on. Prior to the IUD, I was very fit, ran 5k - 10K a day, ate healthy and was preparing to run my first full marathon when I started having heart issues and blackouts after my runs. It has caused problems with trying to maintain employment, relationships including trying to function as a single parent, and even ended my engagement. I got to a point where existing in my body was so unbearable that I started making actual plans to end my life just to make the pain and suffering stop. I am not some attention needing drama person and despite what goes on in my body, you would never know it to meet me in person. Prior to this, I rarely ever saw a physician. I thoroughly researched healthy living on a regular basis and was in the process of opening up a healthy restaurant. This is NOT a simple problem and I would absolutely hate to see ANY other woman go through even a small portion of what I have been through, if I can help prevent it.
I'm not necessarily looking to have the product outright banned but there needs to be a significantly better warning system and doctors need to be better informed what to look for if a person is having a problem with it. I had doctor after doctor after doctor after doctor tell me flat out that my issues could not be caused by the IUD and yet, there are over 450 posts just here alone to suggest otherwise, all with very similar symptoms. Had doctors been better educated about potential complications and symptoms, they would have recognized the symptoms long ago and I would be less likely to have such significant damage and probably could have recovered with no long term problems. Even after having my cervix chopped off due to cellular changes, doctors still denied the IUD as being a possible cause. Yet, just a few short months after having the IUD removed after surgery, I started to not feel like I was dying. I got significantly better after having the IUD removed but am still left with long term residual side affects. History has proven that the IUD causes problems in many women and yet after being banned in the 70's it is back again. I don't believe for one second that the companies are not aware of this. There does not appear to be as many complications with the Mirena IUD so perhaps they need to take the copper IUD back to the drawing board again. I was told the IUD was completely safe with the exception of possible perforation. Had I been told prior to insertion that women have had significant issues similar to what I have been through, I may have thought twice about it and/or had it removed sooner. However, I was consistently reassured by doctors that the IUD could not be the source of my health issues and then the last thing I wanted to do was get pregnant when I was so ill, so I kept it in while doctors tried to find a source for all the symptoms, all while getting progressively sicker. I have had years of my life wasted going to doctors and specialist and now years of quality life stolen from me due to the lasting side affects. Had I and/or doctors been properly informed, none of this would have happened. For that, someone needs to be held accountable - hence the class action law suit.