Thank you so much for sharing your story.
When I have more time I will tell my story in more detail, but for now I will just tell you that I am so very confused and angry about this. Since I got my Copper IUD implanted 3 years ago I have been on a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster that has nearly killed me. Although I have a history of mild situational depression, and a slightly more severe case of post-partum depression after the birth of my daughter in 2008, I have never experienced such desperate hopelessness as I have since having my IUD implanted. However, within 3 months of the insertion (my daughter was nearly 2 at that point), I became so emotionally unstable and insane (for lack of a better word) that I tried to end my life. I spent over a week in the ICU after overdosing on Motrin and other medications, and another week on a regular medical floor before I was able to go home to "hopefully" recover.
I am an early educator who is passionately in love with my line of work and am a wonderful mother; but because of my suicide attempt and emotional instability I was ordered only supervised visits with my daughter for 6 months after getting out of the hospital- which nearly killed me all over again.
I stopped taking any and all psychotropic medications that were so freely being prescribed to me after my daughter was born, and that along with the harsh realization of what I had almost so selfishly accomplished, I began fighting my urges to cut and leave the world before my time. However, it has not been an easy road... I am still incredibly emotionally sensitive- when my husband does something that I perceive as wrong I become a nasty, vicious, immature witch, immediately followed by a sad, needy, weepy, "victim". It literally never occurred to me that I could possibly be suffering from some obscure side-effect of my IUD. I was told "no hormones, no problems" when I was originally trying to decide on a birth-control method after my daughter was born, and I'm angry I wasn't warned about copper toxicity or any potential psychological side-effects of the copper IUD. If anyone else has experienced something similar to us that have posted here, PLEASE share your story so we can help each other and others who may be considering this method of birth control.
I am going to do some deep research, talk to my doctor, and hopefully get to the bottom of this. Thank you again for sharing.
Hey there Alicia and other new posters,
Feel free to visit this great Yahoo group in which we all help one another detox from the IUD - it's a great support system and is a safe haven for us suffering from the IUD.
Here is the link: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/
Any one is welcome to join this Yahoo group which is a great support system for detoxing from the IUD: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/
We are all just a bunch of women who are either in the process of getting our IUD removed or have been detoxing for a few months and continue to detox some more.
Hope to see some of you there :)
Here's to health and happiness for us all!
Hi Ladies, I ran across this link in another group leading to a medical lawyer. Someone is listening. May help bring awareness to the issue of the unlisted side effects.
Im so glad I found this site!
It had come to my attention in recent weeks that I may have copper toxicity related to my IUD.
I got mine in 2008. I didnt want hormonal birth control anymore and this seemed like a godsend. That same year I started having chest tightness, increased headaches, numbness and tingling in my my left arm. I went to the ER and was told it was anxiety. After all I was in nursing school so it seemed plausable. The next year I graduated and also went through a nasty divorce. After that time it got much worse and I had difficulty sleeping, was mildly depressed, but still happier than today. I got a good job, in a relationship for 3 years now to a great guy. Have 3 great kids. What is my problem? Here is my symptoms:
racing thoughts and unable to wind down at bed time
feel out of touch
elevated blood pressure
panic attacks (only had 2 last year), then stopped caffeine, now caffeine causes major anxiety and panic symptoms
achey feeling in muscles, like Im coming down with a cold
depression for no reason
difficulty with sleep regulation (but I attribute this to shift work)
tired during the day even after 8 hours sleep
.....just to name a few....
Just feel physically unwell. This has all lead me to stop exercise because Im so wiped out. Ive lost interest in everything I used to enjoy doing. I couldnt seem to pinpoint the cause. Ive been to multiple doctors and they tell me I have anxiety, saw a counselor. A friend of mine was seeing a holistic doctor, but he was an hour away. I thought, "I would do anything to feel like I did even 2 years ago". I went and he was amazing. He suggested my IUD might be the culprit. In addition, I might have suboptimal thyroid functioning and adrenal exhaustion. After doing a bit of research I certainly fit the bill for all those conditions. He is running all kinds of labs on me including vitamins, thyroid, adenal tests including a saliva cortisol test, and of course copper. Ive always just attributed my symptoms to stress but now my stress is really minimal. I shouldnt be getting worse. I still have my IUD, but put in a referral for removal. I am then going to plan for sterilization. I just want to cry right now because I miss the old me. I was so happy to be alive, and now Im just going through the motions.
It makes me to sad to know that so many women have gone through stuff like this. I will post more on my test results. Part of me still feels like it cant be real, and that maybe this is all in my head.... no pun intended.
Have you taken a chance to look at/join our Yahoo group? We all help each other to detox from our copper symptoms.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/ is the link if you'd like to check it out. I'm sorry you're not feeling better :(
So I got my IUD today. Seriouslly about 2 hours ago! I came to google looking for answers. I was told NOTHING would happen with the IUD in. Its noon here, and Im laying on the couch while my other kids are outside playing and the baby is napping. I am having pain my left leg, and my left chest is aching. My chest feels heavy and I am nasious. I am having lots of cramping and bleeding. I also have a fever! After reading everything you guys have wrote I called my obgyn and asked to have it remove. Just waiting to hear back. I guess its either NO sex or I be extra careful which is fine anyway as I am not having sex. But I am deffently getting this thing out. The pill is no option for me it makes me majorly sick, I have tried the needle in which I was literaly on my period all hte time except maybe 3 days a month so I am no longer trying any birth control. I am scared and even more now after reading all of this! Just wanted to let you ladies know you helped me even though I already have it in.
I had a Paragard IUD for 2.5 months, and just yanked it out of there after reading this forum. I've had increasing levels of panic and anxiety, to the point where I'm pretty much unable to function. Enough already!
I'm curious as to why people think that copper toxicity is the culprit, rather than an imbalance of prostaglandins, which could cause weight gain, hair loss, joint problems and anxiety for sure.
And thanks to everyone who posted here for sharing your stories! I feel so validated and supported, just from reading them. Thanks, thanks, thanks!
I think that though some people have problems, a lot of people have fine experiences with them. But like most things on the Internet, you won't find forums full of people looking for support for their perfectly fine experience. I had one for 2 years without issue myself. I hope you have stopped bleeding since you wrote this post! If not that would be worrisome.
i took mine out 2 days ago. i suffered for 5 years not knowing what was happening to me. was so irritable. very impatient with my kids and hubby. less motivated about things. the most thing i was sad about was the periodic disorientation. i struggled with memorizing and retaining info tru my last year of nursing school. i was easily enraged. i went on my knees 5-6 times a day asking God to help me, teach me how to mold my character. wondering where the unprovoked anger came from.sometime i could feel the craziness in my head it was so real. i can not count how many times i said to myself. "i am going crazy". i blamed it on being in my mid thirties, stress of bread winning, lack of social life ect. i used to be a very energetic person, could s pend the whole day cleaning my house, was happy go lucky, loved, joking, was very playful ,loved laughing....... but life became too serious. i found myself crying for no reason, could not stand the sound of my kids playing and yelling for joy.i was highly anxious. thank God for lack of Insurance i am sure i would have gone in to see a doc and would have been on multiple meds for anxiety by now.but thankfully i found these posts by these lovely women, summoned the courage to take out my IUD myself and in JUST TWO DAYS....i am in a very different place emotionally. my energy is back like boom boom bam. the rage gone. i feel calmer, more hopeful joyful. i am still in recovery. but I thank God. i am taking Zinc and iron supplements and lots of water. thank you all for taking the time to share u story it has helped me get my God given life back.
i cried so much reading ur post. i have felt so guilty over what a beast i had become to my kids also wondering what they think of me.the only times i managed to remain calm was when i was tryna give my husband the cold treatment when yelling and all else had failed. even then my kids will say why is mama so quiet today. i went on my knees so many times asking God to help me with my character. i start out my day yelling at them and end the day yelling at them . i get so easily frustrated trying to teach my 5yo her sight words.I could not teach my kids anything like a normal person, i had to yell be so so so angry. my relationship with Gos is what restrained me from useing cuss words even then i sometimes slipped. i could go on and on. i am amazed by how much better i am already feeling in just 2 days of taking out my IUD.. i KNEW I COULD TRUST GOD TO HELP ME. I am looking foward to my hair growing back on the top of my head, to more increased energy. to no more periodic disorientation. to doing well in school now that i am going back to pursue my Masters, to being the woman my hubby fell in love with, to loosing the weight , to shenking the unexplainable fatigue and lack of sex drive the anger rage yelling, irritation the MADNESS AND CRAZINESS. to being joyful playful and light hearted again. i can totally relate to u. thank u for sharing God bless you so much
Sounds to me like it could be your IUD but hard to guess if it could be a reaction to your antidepressants. Perhaps ask your dr for a different antidepressant and if that doesn't work then it could be the IUD. I had always had a sunny personality prior to my copper iud but after it had been in for a while I turned into an anxious, depressed person.
OMG! I am so glad I found this thread. I had copper IUD and suffered from the worst depression of my life, always had an uncomfortable feeling down there, could feel the presence of the foreign object inside my body, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain and body inflammation. I also had a lot infections. I do not remember all the symptoms now.
I had it inserted after my son was born in the summer 2006.
When i finally decided to take it out in April 2008 I went to a doctor and explained my symptoms. She never took me seriously. When I argued that there is a possibility that copper IUD might cause some undesirable symptoms in some women, specially considering the fact that the exact mechanism by which IUD works is not fully understood she still dismissed my concerns.
I took it out and slowly started getting back to normal.
I just searched "copper and hair loss" and found this very informative article.
the Lesson learned "Be careful what you put in your body"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you Ladies :)