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Hello Everyone!!!

I am so happy I found this. I am 27 and had the copper IUD inserted in late September 2014. My dr was SO PUSHY about me having it put in. I am very estrogen sensitive and suffered from migraines and melasma on birth control pills, I have never had any children. I honestly did not really want it but she insisted and said that my only side effect would be heavier periods. (what a JOKE that was) So anyways, here I am 6 months later and I just want to tell everyone my side effects and see if its similar to anyone else's experience. By the way I had it removed today. So from the beginning I hated the way it felt in me. I could always feel it, it was like I was "full" in a way. I have gained 16lbs since insertion with no change in diet or lifestyle. I eat pretty healthy and work out a few days a week, also most of the weight gain is in my stomach area. I literally look pregnant. The most concerning thing is that about two-three months ago my hair started falling out in clumps. Lets not even talk about my periods. I have always been very regular. 32 day cycle even off of the pill. I knew the exact day it was coming and it would only last 4 days and it was pretty light. After the IUD insertion.. FORGET ABOUT IT. I have only gotten my period 3 times in 6 months, which is NOT normal for me and when I did get it, it was HORRIBLE. Last month I bled for 15 days, and it was so heavy that I bled through my pants with an xtra super tampon.. not once, not twice but THREE times in three days. When I went to my dr today she agreed that the bleeding and random periods were an issue and not normal especially with how regular I was before.. but she told me that there was no way it caused the weight gain or hair loss or other bloated symptoms. How can these people be called Drs? We are putting a foreign substance in our bodies. Anyways, its been out for about 6 hours and I already feel better.

My question to all of you is.. when will all of the symptoms stop? Did any of you experience hair loss and weight gain and if so how long until it normalizes?
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Copper IUD and chronic thrush

I just thought it might be helpful to some of you to tell you about my chronic thrush and my copper IUD. I am 36 years old and have three children, and my husband and I do not plan to have any more. I have had two copper IUD's over the last five years. The first one I got removed as I believed it was causing me anxiety and acne. I had it removed and eventually felt better. Though after a few years and an unplanned pregnancy which resulted in a miscarriage, I was talked into getting a copper IUD by the doctor at the women's health clinic. The doctor assured me that my previous 'symptoms' were all unrelated to a copper IUD. I believed her, so in went the next one.

After a few months all seemed to be going well. I never experienced the heavy bleeding or pain that some women do, so I felt pretty lucky. However, I began getting thrush the week before my period... every single month. This was definitely unusual for me. I returned to the women's health clinic and told them about the thrush and suggested it might be from the IUD. They assured me that it was impossible. So the IUD stayed, and of course, so did the thrush. I was taking diflucan (oral medication) every month to rid myself of thrush. I had to buy it and keep it at home for when the symptoms appeared as if I didn't take it at the first signs of thrush, it would take days to clear. This was expensive and not good for my body. Anyway, I returned to the doctor and requested she remove the IUD due to the recurring thrush. The doctor and nurse would chuckle at me and my suspicions on the copper IUD. The doctor again talked me out of removing it, insisting that it is impossible for a hormone free IUD to cause thrush. Instead I had a variety of blood tests looking for all sorts of problems, such as diabetes. I changed my lifestyle and ate a healthy diet and even tried cutting out certain foods such as gluten, dairy and sugar. I even started jogging several times per week. Nothing worked! On my third trip to the doctor to request the IUD be removed (after 12 long months of chronic thrush) she told me it must be caused by stress and that I should exercise for at least an hour a day. My thrush was occurring more frequently now and wouldn't respond to the oral medication I was taking, so I had to start using a cream too. I increased my exercise and kept on taking the medication, and I still kept on getting thrush. A few months later, I paid the doctor another visit. This time I was desperate and I insisted that she take the IUD out. And guess what???? Six weeks later now and I have not a single thrush symptom! I emailed the women's heath clinic to let them know that I am finally cured. To be honest, I don't think they believe it was the IUD. That is why I'm sharing my story here with you, in the hope that it might help someone else understand that IUD's have more side effects than doctors believe.
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MML5 and chookimunch,

Thanks for sharing your experience. It helps other women who are trying to figure out where their symptoms are coming from.

Excessive copper is dangerous and it baffles me that doctors don't say that! Not to mention the fact that estrogen tends to mirror your copper levels which makes this birth control method just like the pill or any other method that alters your estrogen levels.

A lot of doctors are so worried about women having unwanted pregnancies that they promote this evil device not caring that the damage these devices cause is long-term. Although it's been three years since mine was removed and I feel so much better, I am still dealing with mild symptoms. I thought maybe I had thyroid disease but my tests don't show anything of the sort. Does anyone else have lingering symptoms after so many years?
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Hi Girls,

I am shocked when reading all your posts. I am a man. I observe for more than 3 years incredable changes of my wife. She has changed dramatically from one day to another without any rational explanation. The date of change according to my memory fits perfectly to the IUD insertion. The troubles you all describe are quite similar to what I observe with my wife.
Did some of you faced also exceptional interpersonal problems after the IUD insertion? Have you lost your relation or had a critical misunderstanding with your partners? Do you think it may be a consequence of IUD?

Please suggest
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IUD Problems

I had ParaGard placed on 2/16/ 2011. I didn't have any side effects for a while, I though it was great. About 3 years ago I gained 50 lbs in the matter of couple of months. My weight kept increasing steadily till I gained another 30 lbs. Thats 80 lbs in 3 years!!! Right now it has stopped claiming for a bit. My weight gain is mostly in my upper body, especially belly area. My diet didn't change so I couldn't figure out what was going on. I didn't feel like myself, I was always tiered and still am. I been having back pain, heart palpitations, I have no motivation and sometimes I even have to sit down while cleaning the house because I feel like I'll faint. I would get dizzy and light headed from one minute to another. The other day I woke up with a horrible migraine, to the point where I fell like I was going to throw up from the pain. This has never happened to me before. I been tested for everything, did full blown blood work, everything came back normal and nobody could tell me why I was experiencing these symptoms.
Until last night, while talking to my mother, she suggested that maybe it might be form IUD. I told her it could't be because its non hormonal. After I hanged up, her comment stayed with me so I decided to google it. I was so surprised when I found this forum. Now it all make seance!!!
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Hi Girls,

I am shocked when reading all your posts. I am a man. I observe for more than 3 years incredable changes of my wife. She has changed dramatically from one day to another without any rational explanation. The date of change according to my memory fits perfectly to the IUD insertion. The troubles you all describe are quite similar to what I observe with my wife.
Did some of you faced also exceptional interpersonal problems after the IUD insertion? Have you lost your relation or had a critical misunderstanding with your partners? Do you think it may be a consequence of IUD?

Please suggest
Hi Dirk, welcome! To answer your question in a nutshell: Absolutely, YES!!!


I had both the ParaGuard copper IUD, which caused horrifying bleeding and mood swings - and the Mirena, which just took longer to figure out how horrifying it was. My neighbor also had awful enough side effects from her IUD that she ended up on antidepressants. It was after talking with her about her plans to have it removed that I figured out the cause of my symptoms!


I was a total wreck: depressed, nasty-mean with the kids (waaay out of character for me), just manic. My husband thought I was losing my mind, and I even had suicidal ideations.


I had the IUD removed, and went on the Nuva Ring - just as bad. I was ok for a couple weeks of the month, but every period I'd feel like I was having a miscarriage: depressed, sobbing, grieving.


Anytime you mess with the body's hormone balance, you run into problems. Western doctors are quick to brush off any correlation, but it absolutely exists - and it can literally put a woman's life in danger, either from physiological changes (like cancers) or psychological changes (suicide).


I would advise your wife to have that awful contraption removed IMMEDIATELY, and find a non-hormonal, non-invasive method of birth control. Fertility Awareness Method is great, but must be adhered to strictly: www.tcoyf.com If you guys are sure you're done having babies, a vasectomy might be your best option. Either way, one of these is necessary to save your wife and your marriage. Good luck, and feel free to PM me if you or your wife have questions!!

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Dirk1 Originally Posted by Dirk1 Hi Girls,

I am shocked when reading all your posts. I am a man. I observe for more than 3 years incredable changes of my wife. She has changed dramatically from one day to another without any rational explanation. The date of change according to my memory fits perfectly to the IUD insertion. The troubles you all describe are quite similar to what I observe with my wife.
Did some of you faced also exceptional interpersonal problems after the IUD insertion? Have you lost your relation or had a critical misunderstanding with your partners? Do you think it may be a consequence of IUD?

Please suggest



Wow you describe me 100%! I've had all of those interpersonal problems after the IUD insertion and unfortunately even after I've had it removed I'm still recovering. The anxiety is really bad almost to the point of daily xanax pills.
Please tell your wife to get it removed ASAP!
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I came here as a new member for answers and I have learned a lot from viewing threads and recommended readings. For that I am very grateful and would just like to share a short video followed with information about the after-effects of the mirena IUD. If only one person thinks this is useful I will feel great about sharing this detox information. I have since started to follow the advice and I am starting to feel a little more like my old self. Best of luck to all struggling with this. The information can be found at http://detoxscientific.com/mirena-weight-gain/. It talks about a lot more than weight gain if you're wondering.
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Do not use paragard!!

I am so happy I found this forum. I would like to warn everyone to PLEASE NOT USE PARAGARD!! Run the opposite way!! I only had it for two months and it was two months of hell. The first week I got it in I had horrible cramps and nonstop bleeding. Way more than "spotting." I could live with that but then the second week my whole body started to itch. From the top of my head down. Then I got this nasty post nasal drip that no doctor could figure out. They put me on prednisone!!! The itching continued to get worse. My head would itch nonstop and my ears would itch all the time. Then when my actual menstruation started it turned into full blown hives all over my body. Then I woke up one day later on my period and my lip was swelling up rapidly. Benadryl did not work (probably because the substance I am allergic to was still in my body) so I had to shoot myself with an epi pen. Then I woke up a day later and my eyes were completely swollen and in my lower back (almost exactly where my uterus would be on the front but in the back) I had a huge swollen red bump that was extremely painful. My tongue was swollen as well. I went one hour after that to get it removed, about ten hours later all the swelling was gone, and 24 hours later I feel 99% back to normal. Not to mention all the fatigue I had from this IUD -- I would wake up feeling exhausted. I had loud ringing in my ears. I had brain "fog" all the time - I felt slow and stupid. I was extremely bloated even though I was working out and eating healthy so I should have been losing weight. Today I finally woke up and felt like myself!! Even the bloating has gone down. I told the OBGYN that I most certainly have a copper or nickel (or both) allergy and she tried to tell me there was no metal in this so not "possible"?!? Bottom line - if you have sensitive skin usually you will probably have an allergy or reaction to this. I found some information online that sounds like I had a full blown allergy. It took me two months of hell to figure it out. DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR OBGYN if they try to make you feel like you are crazy. She even told me after she took it out "well it looked fine in there." I'm sure. Do your own research. It is YOUR BODY! And get a new OBGYN if anyone tries to tell you otherwise!! I sure will!
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The Side Effects are REAL

I'm so glad I found this thread!

I'm 35, and had the Paragard IUD for 13 months. I chose Paragard because I had spent 15+ years struggling with the negative side effects of hormonal birth control, so I thought this would be a good option for me. I could not have been more wrong!

Before the IUD, I was happy, healthy, fit, and trim. Since having the IUD inserted,(in addition to the insane cramps and heavy 10-day periods that are "normal" with the IUD) I have gained over 20 pounds, have developed anxiety attacks, feel lethargic and depressed, lost my sex drive, and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I don't drink alcohol or smoke, my diet is healthy, and I exercise a lot (yoga, running, spinning, pilates - 5-6 days per week). I literally could not lose a single pound with the IUD - no matter what I did, I just kept gaining. I am now on medication for hypothyroidism, and Wellbutrin for my other symptoms, but nothing has helped.

I just had the IUD removed yesterday, and I know it sounds crazy, but I am already starting to feel better! My doctor told me that my symptoms and health problems were in NO WAY related to the IUD, and tried to convince me to keep it in. Ladies - please do NOT let your doctor do this to you. YOU know what's best for your body, not the capitalistic, money-driven American healthcare system. There are thousands of women that are experiencing these symptoms after IUD insertion, but no one is telling us about them! The corporations & doctors continue to deny that the side effects exist, and we continue to be sick and confused.

I am now starting the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). It is an all-natural way to avoid pregnancy (and it is NOT the "Rhythm Method" of our mother's generation). I think it's ridiculous that all females are not taught about this method as soon as puberty hits. It should be part of sex ed classes. All women should be aware of their natural cycles and fertility signs. Relying on expensive drugs, hormones, and invasive devices are not the only options available to us for birth control. I wish I had known about FAM years ago - I could have saved myself a lot of misery. But most doctors know almost nothing about FAM - it's not taught in med school because it doesn't make anyone any money (it's free for life!).
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