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post #501 of 573
I'm supposed to have the Paraguard inserted next month and after reading everyone's story, I'm scared. I'm super sensitive to hormonal birth control and it takes away my sex drive. So my Gyn said Paraguard was the best choice for me. I already have anxiety at times and may be suffering from mild depression so the last thing I need is something that will make it worse. I'm reading on here that alot of people are feeling hormonal from the Paraguard. The whole point of me getting that particular IUD is no hormones. Ekkkkk I don't know what to do?!
post #502 of 573
UPDATE: After having my paraguard in for 6.5 years I had it removed last Thursday.. It's only been a week and my energy is in full force so much so that I fall asleep at 8:30 pm from going all day long and then I'm wide awake at 2 am ready to go (of course I don't stay up for the day) I wake back up at 6:30 and going all day without that feeling of losing all my energy at once to the point of it was scary, it would feel like I can fall over at any time.. My sex drive is coming back too which is always good .. I'm glad I made the decision. AND the OB Dr. Documented all my symptoms and he also had an intern with him that day and they both said they are going to do research on the side effects and he was very interested in learning a out them, so that made me feel good that he didn't dismiss my concerns.. As far as removal, split second it took to remove it, minor minor cramps for a few days and very minor spotting.. My husband goes on Monday morning for a vasectomy so no more bc for me..
post #503 of 573
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Originally Posted by rachael25 View Post

I'm supposed to have the Paraguard inserted next month and after reading everyone's story, I'm scared. I'm super sensitive to hormonal birth control and it takes away my sex drive. So my Gyn said Paraguard was the best choice for me. I already have anxiety at times and may be suffering from mild depression so the last thing I need is something that will make it worse. I'm reading on here that alot of people are feeling hormonal from the Paraguard. The whole point of me getting that particular IUD is no hormones. Ekkkkk I don't know what to do?!

 

I read this thread too and was petrified to get it (didn't want the hormones in Mirena).  This is just anecdata, and its only been two months, but I have had no issues with spotting, cramps, or anything else discussed in this thread.  So far I'm just kicking myself for waiting so long. 

post #504 of 573
Hello' I wanted to give a follow up of my story.. it's been a year now.. though can find my story on page 8 of this thread.. So again it's been a year since I got the Copper IUD out and it took a couple months of drinking tons of water eating only salad and chicken and of course taking the stress b complex and magnesium and I am more than happy to say..I am back to my normal self.. please let me know if you ha ave any questions or neex help sbm31480@
post #505 of 573
actually email os sbm21480@hotmail.com
post #506 of 573
Quote:
Originally Posted by rachael25 View Post

I'm supposed to have the Paraguard inserted next month and after reading everyone's story, I'm scared. I'm super sensitive to hormonal birth control and it takes away my sex drive. So my Gyn said Paraguard was the best choice for me. I already have anxiety at times and may be suffering from mild depression so the last thing I need is something that will make it worse. I'm reading on here that alot of people are feeling hormonal from the Paraguard. The whole point of me getting that particular IUD is no hormones. Ekkkkk I don't know what to do?!

 

If you get it - just monitor yourself VERY carefully. I too thought it was brilliant until after about 5 months when I noticed I had a roll of fat on my belly (that I'd never had despite having put on a bit of weight now and again over the years (and then losing it))..... then I put on a bit more weight, put it down to lifestyle change and getting older.... and then put on a bit more. So I decided to start running and dieting to lose it - and couldn't. In the past I had easily been able to lose 2-3lb a week but I was struggling to loose half a pound. Went to the doctors to see what was wrong - nothing was and the doc just said it was old age that meant I couldn't lose weight as fast. 

 

Meanwhile, I started getting a bit depressed, assumed it was because I was fat and then I got tired.

 

Got my hormones tested and they were fine.

 

See.... all these things I found excuses for and never once put it down to the IUD as after all it was inside me and I never gave it a second thought.

 

It wasn't until I pulled it out and then read about all these side affects did I put 2 and 2 together and feel like I was really ripped off for the years I had it in.

 

It's been out for almost a month now and have lost 10lb and my anxiety levels have really dropped.

 

So please just monitor yourself and hopefully you'll be one of the lucky ones that it doesn't affect too badly.

post #507 of 573
I had my paraguard 3 years, removed today and feel slightly better already. The last three years have been hell, I wish if known sooner that the iud was to blame. The heavy long periods weren't as bad as the spacey fog headed confusion and panic attacks. I thought I had a brain tumor or MS from all of the weird symptoms I was having. The only thing that made it go away was drinking:-( so I drank a lot of wine. The panic / anxiety attacks were embarrassing and debilitating, I would space out at work or on public and feel very out of reality. I wish I had found this thread sooner!! I am going back to the nuvaring, it worked we'll in the past for me. I just hope I continue to feel better.
post #508 of 573

update 4 months after removing my IUD - I feel great. i'm back to hiking and running, i lost weight ( even before I started exercising)  , I feel so much better. I never feel dizzy like i did, I'm having more fun with my kids. I did have dizziness occasionally during the first 2-3 months after IUD removal - the "detox" took time. It was never as bad as it was when the IUD was inside. The improvment  was immediate. Within days I was feeling better. 

Please spread the word, these IUDs are terrible. 

I'm on the pill for 3 months or more. I don't have these side effects from the pill. 

post #509 of 573

HI, Ladies

 

 

                 I want say that this website has me in tears 4 in the morning and wanted to take the opportunity to explain the blessing that has come out of this for me. Lately My husband and I was noticing more arguments and unstability in our relationship lately. The other day he told me I was Bipolar and to look in the mirror, and arguing over something really minor. My feelings was real hurt when he said that "one minute you are nice to me and the next you are mean". That had me thinking than, but the last straw for me was when my 2 year was crying I got irritated and also every little thing my husband did irritated me. I notice more and more my family who spend more time with me were the victim of my wrath. I noticed almost a year now I have been getting more depressed and unbalanced in my life. I didn't feel like myself and my daugther is one now and thinking to myself, why I don't feel normal yet and so angry. That's when it hit me that I have been feeling very hormonal/ emotional, and woke up and looked up the side effect and found this site. I woke my husband up and read some threads together, and I wanted to literally go in the bathroom and take this thing out of me. Same side effects I am currently experiencing is perfectly clear there's nothing wrong with me as a mother wife sister friend but its this foreign object. Which was explained to me that was non hormonal and only side effects were heavy period cramps. I am up 4 in the morning waiting for it to be 9 in the morning so I can call my mid wife and have her set an emergency appt for me asap. Because I will not and refuse to be one of those mothers who didn't know what the hell went wrong and next I'm on the news. These money hungry DR, should be ashamed of their selves, peoples lives, kids, husband are at risk here !!!! Due to something that is so wrong as the Para guard. 


Edited by BiveyD - 10/23/13 at 1:35am
post #510 of 573

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Thank you Ladies :)


Edited by BiveyD - 10/23/13 at 1:39am
post #511 of 573
I ended up going ahead and getting the Paraguard inserted. It's been about 3 weeks and so far no issues. Yea I'm hormonal but I was prior to the insertion and I believe that's all from just having a baby 3 months ago, breastfeeding etc. I will be keeping a close eye on my moods though and will update on anything I find "suspicious". So far it is nice though to know I don't have to remember to take a pill every day. For those that were so badly affected by the IUD I'm so glad you were able to take it out ASAP. I hope I'm one of the "luckier" ones. We shall see.
post #512 of 573
On month update of post removal and I goty first period yesterday.. There's no guessing game of when it started, it started yesterday, not 3 days ago then stop and start .. I don't have the feeling of an ice pick being jabbed in my pelvis and the biggest change for me my anxiety and heart palpatations were minimal leading up to getting my period. I was debilitated by these and couldn't function.. I had to plan around my ovulation and period because it felt like A. I was wanted to crawl out of my own skin and run away from myself. B. I felt like my heart was going to suddenly going to stop if I did anything.. I didn't have that this month, it was normal ..
post #513 of 573
Oh and no bleeding after sex at all and it doesn't hurt like it did.. I'm glad I got it removed, 6 years too late
post #514 of 573

Hi Ladies,

 

I had the Paragard copper IUD for two years.  It was no big deal to have it put in.  I did no research, my OB told me it was the best thing I could do for birth control, as the hormonal types and I don't jive.  I wish now that I had done my research... after all, I do that for my new range, or refrigerator, or a pediatrician.  But not my IUD?  Wha?

 

I first went to my primary for abdominal pain, pretty bad.  And I am not a hypochondriac, I am a real tough chick.  But this was some chronic, sharp pain in my abdomen.  She was a jerk to me.  I got a new doctor.  She diagnosed me with high thyroid levels and said I had hyperthyroidism.  This is a weird disease.  It's an auto-immune response where your body starts attacking your thyroid.

 

I made some lifestyle changes... cut down on caffeine and saturated fats. Exercised more, took vitamins.  Couldn't drink beer, which really sucked.  I figured, this is lame, but I could manage this maybe.

 

But after two years, I just couldn't take the week long heavy periods anymore.  I became, without fail, anemic for 2 days during this time.  I was CRANKY and didn't sleep well.  My skin and hair suffered.  I couldn't lose any weight and I work out HARD.  

 

So, the IUD is now out.  I already feel different.  I had an amazing amount of energy this morning, more than I've had in months. I feel happy just like a normal thing.  Not for any reason.  I can't remember feeling that way for a long time.  

 

My advice, be careful.  Some people are sensitive to heavy metals.  Heavy metals are dangerous.  I'm an artist, I should have known better.  Let my example be a warning to you.  Please make sure you can tolerate this.  We are obviously a test market for this product.  Good luck and be safe.

post #515 of 573

I got my iud inserted a week ago I was currently on the depo vera shot have been for over a year, and had troubles with that, so decided to try this because my doctor recommended to try the one with no hormones. Since I got it in I have had pretty well the same symptoms. I feel depressed, I have the feeling of not having over my body, I have been so moody im fine one minute then the next im either mad or having a panic attack. I have absolutely no energy for anything and I am raising two kids going to school fulltime. My head feels weird.  I just started reading up on the copper iud and am seriously considering getting it tooken out! I am taking tylonel ones trying to stop the cramping and nothing is working for me!!! I feel like I am bleeding to death.  I figured all of the symptoms were normal considering my body had to adjust to having something put in, but I guess it isn't normal to feel like this. all of the posts have helped a lot. and there has been nothing good said about this iud! But could there be a chance because the depo vera shot is still in my system it could be messing with the iud???

post #516 of 573

Hey there! I am 21 years old never had a baby and have had my IUD for a month. Trust me I understand, I get hot and gross feeling all the time randomly. I am told it should get better hang in there!

post #517 of 573

Hey everyone, I cannot tell you how happy I am to have these conversations going on! I got my IUD put in a month ago and OMG have the cramps been bad. Not everyday but damn near close to it. They feel like im dying, I had my appendix out 3 years ago....and I would rather have that again then this pain. that being said I am 21 years old and there is NO way I am having a baby anytime soon. I cannot take hormones, so this was my last choice. I know all of you have had bad experiences with the IUD...I need some positive feed back or positive advice haha because as far as my body is concerned.....if my body isn't rejecting it ...this bad boy isn't going anywhere.

post #518 of 573

UPDATE

 

It's been 3 months since hubby removed my copper IUD. I am feeling more and more like myself every day.

 

I had taken a zinc and a magnesium tablet morning and night as I had heard that helped to rid yourself of copper - not sure if it did anything but for the small amount of money I felt the outlay was worth it. 

 

I have so much more energy and have lost 15lbs without hardly trying. While I still have a bit of weight to lose, my stomach has returned to it's normal flat self, and the spare tire has disappeared thank goodness! I sleep better and I eat better. I no longer feel depressed and the weird, anxious, jealous thoughts I had been having have all but disappeared.

 

My hair is still pretty thin and dull but I guess it's still early days - hopefully in a few months I can say it's back to being full and full of lustre again.

 

My periods have returned to 3-5 days (instead of 10-14 days) and are exactly 28 days apart - what a relief! I haven't been tested but I'm sure my iron levels are back to normal.

 

I'm a lot more relaxed now and my husband and I enjoy life a whole lot more.

 

I'm so annoyed that I put up with all the side affects for so long - but then again I didn't put 2 and 2 together at the time - I guess I'm grateful that I didn't keep the IUD in for another 3 years as I'd hate to think how bad things may have gotten.

post #519 of 573
Did anyone experience dizziness and like their mind was just foggy? I've had the Paraguard now for 6 weeks and over the last few weeks my mind just feels foggy and I have difficulty carrying on conversations. I'm also breastfeeding now so I can't pin point if I'm just not eating enough calories (I try to eat frequently every day, although sometimes I get too busy that I forget) or if its from the IUD. It's a really weird feeling. I've felt like I was going to faint several times. Again, I'm just not sure if thats from lack of calories or not. Just wondering if anyone else felt this way.
post #520 of 573

Hiya, I had the copper coil for about three months before I realised that it was causing me so many problems. About one 3 weeks after I had it fitted, I was started to feel very lethargic. I couldn't really understand it as I was in a good place in my life. This lethargy progressively got worse and basically I turned into a mess of anxiety. The anxiety got so bad. I also felt very restless and agitated. I was so unpleasant and debilitating. I've now had the coil out for a couple of weeks and feel so much better... the relief was not immediate but is gradually getting better over time. I've been seeing a doctor who also happens to be a homeopath and she has given me the following guidance: eat lots of fish, drinks lots of water, take omega 3 tablets, take a vitamin B complex, drink aloe vera gel... So, I've been following this and building my life back. The idea is to get rid of the copper and this is a kind of detox. Anyway, I'm feeling better all the time. I had no idea it was the coil as its non-hormonal - but copper can be very toxic and obviously I am very sensitive to it. It's a relief to know what it was in a way, as I just couldn't understand what was happening to me. I thought I'd share this with you, as reading everyone elses experience was really reassuring for me and helpful.

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