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.