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Copper IUD and Side effects

jljeppson's Avatar jljeppson
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The nun got it put it at age 15, during her misspent youth.  Though, irl, most docs wouldn't place one for a patient that young.

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Aaah! Would be interesting to see the episode! Thanks LOL!
JessicaElla's Avatar JessicaElla
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Just wondering if anyone else had the following side effects from the copper IUD:

- depression

- severe mood swings

- weight gain

- major water retention

- acne

- severe PMS symptoms

- overly emotional (crying about everything and breaking down very often)

- severe fatigue (can't make it through the day without a nap or two)

- feeling faint

-  overall just don't fee like myself


I got the IUD removed yesterday. The doctor insisted that the copper IUD could not cause these side effects. I went an got my blood work done as well to see if it is something else. After reading this forum and seeing how many people have had problems I made an appointment to get it removed. How long did it take most of you to feel back to normal?



Amasonmatt's Avatar Amasonmatt
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Yes I had numbness in my a arms and legs as well
rachael25's Avatar rachael25
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I feel faint all the time and dizzy. I swear one of these days I'm going to pass out. I don't have any of the other symptoms though. Just very foggy mind and faint/dizzy,
flamingo86's Avatar flamingo86
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My IUD has been out for about 1.5 weeks now. I had it for approx. 6 months. I was having horrible anxiety, heart palpitations, brain fog, dizziness, insomnia, and lack of appetite. I had to take 2 weeks off work. I thought I was losing my mind. Neither my dr or my therapist could understand why I was suddenly feeling so awful. I swear I would have ended up in the hospital if the ordeal had continued.

The nurse practitioner who removed it was very nice and non-judgmental. I just told her I had bad side effects and she agreed to yank it out.

I feel better. Not 100% better but improving.

Within 24 hours I noticed the horrible cystic acne on my back start to calm down. About a week later I noticed that I felt more clear-headed and much less dizzy. I am sleeping much better and my appetite is back. I still have some anxiety but nothing like the debilitating panic attacks I was having. I was actually in a good mood this morning!

I really wanted the IUD to work and am disappointed. Condoms aren't the greatest but far better than having to feel the way I was feeling.
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04-29-2014 | Posts: 1
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I am approaching 2 years with the IUD cooper (they said no hormones but I have some sides effects) and I am considering taking it out. I gained 50lbs. Previously, lost 50lbs. Before I gained it, I was energized and all the above. I was searching for someone who felt the same way and you do. Now its like I need motivation. My sister teases me for always taking a nap and being in the bed. I'm 26 I should be doing more. I been anxious and I have had crazy anxiety, along with mood swings, and don't let me start on the back pains and bleeding. I just been grumpy and 'blah" lol. I'm so glade I seen your post because it is confirmation.

Tiffco's Avatar Tiffco
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I had my IUD put in in September of 2010, and just had it removed yesterday, April 29, 2014. 

I had numerous issues that I didn't even realize could have been caused by my IUD, such as hair loss, joint pain, heavy/irregular periods, excessive discharge, skin problems including acne and random dry patches. One of my friends brought to my attention the hair loss, and I didn't connect the dots until recently..I blamed it all on hormones from my second pregnancy. My doctor had me go to the lab and draw blood, to test for thyroid issues and inflammation due to possible arthritis, because she doesn't believe the paragard couldve caused my problems. My gut tells me otherwise! These are things I have never dealt with, even with my first pregnancy. I'm feeling my lab results will come back normal. I was surprised to see so many other people having the same issues! Hopefully everything works out and gets back to normal, for all of us :)

mapf's Avatar mapf
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Okay... I posted a couple of weeks ago, describing how I was feeling. Had IUD for 7 years, a lot of things came up over the years: weight gain, no energy, foggy vision/mind, bad acne, numbness on arms and legs, joint pains, facial/breast hair, cramps, almost daily headache, anxiety, horrible mood swings, heavy periods... Took out my IUD exactly two weeks ago nd even thought I'm on the pill, I feel like otal different person... my energy is back, no headaches, not foggyn, not so moody anymore. Didnt loose weight yet, but I dont feel bloated like before. Anybody who has a couple of this symptoms, believe it is from IUD and most doctors will not admit it. Good luck everybody!
Alew's Avatar Alew
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I have had a copper iud for 3 years now. I have gained 10 pounds, I am tired all the time, I have relenting migraine headaches and never got headaches before. I have been manic, depressed, and walk around in a fog. I can't sleep at night, and I have tingling and restless legs. I thought maybe I have MS. But the iud is coming out this week as these symptoms are quite scary. One day the headache and mental fog was so bad I thought I was having a stroke. I'm only 42 and I have feared the worst. It is coming out this week. Calling the dr tomorrow. Thank you all for sharing.
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In 2009 I have the Paraguard IUD implanted. Since then I have experienced crippling anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain + swelling, weight gain, heart/chest pain, mental fog and uncontrollable rage. I have, in vain, worked to deal with these issues. Doctors have prescribed me a litany of medications from Xanax to Prozac - with no result except flat affect.

A friend posted information regarding Copper Toxicity and IUD's and I feel like I have finally found a possiblity for what has been plaguing me for the past 5 years. I have an appointment next Monday to have my IUD removed, but also to have blood work and mineral screening done.

I can only hope that this is the answer I have been looking for....

And I can promise - that if there is a link between the copper levels in my body and the mental anguish that has been the last 5 years of my life - I will contacting an attorney. These were never side effects I was warned about - I was assured, multiple times, that this was completely safe and at worst, I would have heavier periods for a time.

I don't have the answers yet, but I do feel like I am a step closer to fixing what was never broken. However, I can not suppress this rage towards the FDA and TEVA Pharmaceutical company... I just wonder when patient health will take a priority over financial gain.
Agalove's Avatar Agalove
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Originally Posted by JessicaElla View Post
<p>Just wondering if anyone else had the following side effects from the copper IUD:</p>
<p>- depression</p>
<p>- severe mood swings</p>
<p>- weight gain</p>
<p>- major water retention</p>
<p>- acne</p>
<p>- severe PMS symptoms</p>
<p>- overly emotional (crying about everything and breaking down very often)</p>
<p>- severe fatigue (can't make it through the day without a nap or two)</p>
<p>- feeling faint</p>
<p>-  overall just don't fee like myself</p>
<p> </p>
<p>I got the IUD removed yesterday. The doctor insisted that the copper IUD could not cause these side effects. I went an got my blood work done as well to see if it is something else. After reading this forum and seeing how many people have had problems I made an appointment to get it removed. How long did it take most of you to feel back to normal?</p>
<p> </p>
I felt better rather quickly. Look into a Copper sensitivity called pyroluria. People should be warned about this by doctors. Good luck!!
crayon's Avatar crayon
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Paragard doesn't only have copper- the copper is mixed with nickel- if you have a nickel allergy then you will have a reaction to the Paragard.

Doctors get kick-backs from big pharma to push these on women and it is rare you will ever find a doctor that will believe you let alone report the symptoms you have.

We have a Facebook group for this very topic-
Ratchet's Avatar Ratchet
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that varies by state- I used to insert IUDs and never got any sort of reimbursement, kickbacks, promotions, sales pitches, etc.

Your doctor doesn't have to believe you to report a side effect- you can do it yourself at, although I admit it is unlikely to gave a huge impact (regardless of who reports it).
fkothansen's Avatar fkothansen
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Hi ladies!
If you feel like sharing your IUD and experiences or asking for detoxing advices join You just have to go to that url and press join! You will find there more than 500 women that had a horrible experience with the copper IUD and now are looking for ways to get back to normal.
Let's help each other heal from this awful experience!
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There's a very informative site with lots of information on how to lose weight and get rid of the mirena iud side effects and find other natural birth control options. Check out: Her detox has also been immensely helpful to my recovery and I seriously recommend it
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The mirena causes serious damage to the female body, and the only way to get rid of these side effects for good is to remove the mirena and take natural supplements, herbs and foods and consider natural therapies that will eliminate estrogen dominance, help restore the balance of progesterone and estrogen hormones, and detoxify the body from all the toxins present in mirena such as silicone and copper.
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I've had a copper IUD since 2010 . I chose this type of birth control due to having high blood pressure (genetically ). Initially the copper IUD worked wonderfully, thats until I started experiencing infections. Since 2009 I have been treated for bacterial viagnonsis related to my copper IUD. Like others have mentioned , I also started having mild anxiety attacks , my boyfriend at times would also say he felt the IUD. After four years of dealing with having to be on antiobiotics every 2-3 months , I finally removed the IUD. It's been such a relief. Now I'm debating what birth control method to go with , due to my high blood pressure condition I have two options : the depo shot or mini pills ? any suggestions?
fkothansen's Avatar fkothansen
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Hi Friends! I created a survey to collect data for an Argentinean researcher that is considering writing an article on copper side effects. So I would really appreciate your contribution. All the questions are optional so if you feel uncomfortable with any of them, just skip it! It doesn't take more than 5 minutes. I hope some day copper toxicity becomes a topic of public knowledge!!
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Hi ladies! I have 2 kids and I inserted the copper iud when my baby was 3 mos he's almost 5 mos now. I breastfed my 1st close to 2 yrs had mini pill which wasn't good for me. So now i decided to go with the paraguard since I'm breastfeeding and wanted non hormonal. After insertion i experienced cramping and bleeding which stopped after a week. Then a week later bleeding again for another week! Now more then a month since insertion and bleeding again, gained 20 pounds, acne all over my face (which i never had) depressed and tired all day! I right away blamed it on the iud and I'm having it removed in 2 weeks!! But I have one question is this bleeding now still from iud or did it make my period return?
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I recently got the copper iud 2 weeks tomorrow now, since having it i spotted for a week now im heavy bleeding and clotting and I've started to get really bad pains in my lower tummy but on one side being my left side. I haven't suffered any other side affects yet well not that i no of. But i got this hoping it would help and id not get pregnant as nothing else has really worked for me in the past. But reading all these comments are freaking me out and I'm wondering weather if i should get it removed. I had my 1st child 5 in a half yrs ago now , and I'm just not ready for another child yet. But I'm not sure i wont to experience all these other symptoms other ladies have been getting. I have been get migraines and i am tired but I'm not sure if it connected to the copper iud i just put it down to my busy life style i have. But I'm not sure if i wont to be bleeding for the next 4 weeks as I'm not due for my period for another 2 weeks that would drive me nuts.
Jay Burton
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I strongly recommend watching this video to learn how to get rid of mirena's nasty side effects and understand how it is causing weight gain and other serious side effects. This video has helped me recover and get back to my normal self again:

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Hi everyone,
I am so glad I found this...I am 30 years and had a baby in July 2013 and another baby in June 2014. I have suffered from anxiety disorder and have had several issues with my thyroid in the last two years. I received my paraguard in August and it was no more than a week later I began to feel foggy and had severe headaches. I was breastfeeding so I was careful about what I took. I kept just getting worse...I had an episode where my face lips and tongue went numb and then I had heart palpitations and felt like I was going to pass out...I was nauseous all the time I started to think I was pregnant I felt flushed and had tremors and my mind would race non stop about everything and I had no patience what so ever this was Nothin I had ever experienced in my life..I went to my dr and she did some blood work and my thyroid was really low...the dr was shocked because 4 weeks prior it was normal she put on medication and two weeks later I was driving with my four kids in the car and this all happened again except it was getting worse. I had to pull over and call 911. The emts did and ekg and blood pressure and blood sugar all normal...back to the dr and they thought thyroid and or anxiety related to was frustrating because I know my body. I knew something was wrong. I began to search what causes a numb tongue just because that is a bizarre symptom. I found many things on copper toxicity...I decided to make anothe appt and mention this to my primary care dr. She ordered several blood labs some are still pending. I called my OB and said I want this iud out. Today I had it removed but they tried to discourage me and said well what method will you use...I said I don't care if I have 15 kids I will never do this again. I kept thinking I was having a is so horrible...I cannot believe that even after I asked a hundred times what side effects there were to this not oncertified did they mention this possibility..they even went as far as saying that I didn't let them know I have a metal allergy...seriously? I even read on several sites that you need a good functionin gall bladder and liver to process the proteins for copper well I don't have a gall bladder and I also read it can effect your thyroid...I thought I was crazy and going to die...
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