WOW! I cannot beleive I found a blog about this. I will start saying I honestly think that the Paragard is "poison" to the body, (in my case anyway). After my last child was born in October 2008 I had the Pargard placed in in December 2008. My periods were so awful, two weeks of every month I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My periods became worse and worse the longer I had it. In April 09 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I have been on a whirlwind of treatments, doc appts., hormone imbalances, etc. My Doc kept telling me to just give the IUD some more time....well I did and finally when I began to have bloodclots every month, I called and said I want this out. My body was telling me it wanted it out. My thyroid levels had returned to normal with treatment, but I still had quite of few things out of balance (progesterone etc. ) So, July 2010, I had the IUD removed, which is supposed to be a simple procedure right??? Well, after 30 minutes in stirrups and feeling like my insides were being ripped out, 4-5 lidocaine shots---yea inside.....and several attempts to get it out with tong looking things, finally had an ultra sound to assist with retrieving it, which at this point the strings were in the uterus, so I had to have the cervix dialted.....sorry for the graphic details, but blood was almost gushing out of me with each tug, my Doc apologized, said this was NOT normal, she said I will give it 3 more tugs and if it cannot come out, we have to go to the OR to get it. I was freaking out. Praise God, it came out, I was put on an anti-biotic to prevent infection and left the office in complete shock and terrified. Doc said it was not imbedded, but I think it was starting to and my body was trying hard to push this thing out. I had a very normal first period after it was removed, and have felt so much better.
And today I got a call from the Doc to tell me that one month after it being out of my body, all of my abnormal hormone levels are now in normal range.....I really think the copper was poisoning me.
I wish I had known about these side effects. I do wonder if it led to me being hypthyroid, I will never know, but I know that just in the last month since it has been gone, I feel good, I have not fetl good in 2 years. This is/was my only experience with one and I know it sounds negative of me, but I would NEVER, ever recommend this to anyone!! Beware, complications do occur, you just do not hear about them often. I asked my Doc about copper toxcity...I think she thought I was nuts, well, the Docs do not know it all. I am 100% convinced this IUD can totally mess you up. Just thought I would share and also warn those of you who do have one or are thinking about one. Please feel free to ask me any questions, as I hope I can prevent someone else having the trouble I did.