Copper IUDs: What your doctor doesn’t know may be harming you

Copper IUDs have soared in popularity as a hormone-free birth control choice for females. What your doctor doesn’t know about the harmful side-effects of copper could significantly harm you. If you have a copper IUD and are experiencing adverse symptoms, then this post is for you.

What is a Copper IUD and How Does it Work?

Per the Mayo Clinic’s definition, a copper IUD is an intrauterine device (IUD) that’s inserted into the uterus for long-term birth control (up to 10 years). It is a T-shaped plastic frame with copper wire coiled around the stem and two copper sleeves along the arms that continuously release copper into the lining of the uterus. This process produces an inflammatory reaction in the uterus that is toxic to sperm, which helps prevent fertilization.

Copper IUD Claims

Proponents of the copper IUD make a lot of claims that it is a better and safer form of birth control, even citing studies that copper ion levels released by IUDs are too tiny to impair human health. The two main claims that I will debunk that are completely false are:

  • Decreases the risk of endometrial cancer and possibly cervical cancer.
  • Doesn’t carry the risk of side effects related to hormonal birth control methods.

These claims couldn’t be further from the truth, with many females painfully finding this out the hard way. In fact, I have yet to work with a single female in my practice that hasn’t been adversely affected by the copper IUD.

Copper IUD Side-effects and Myths

Commonly disclosed side-effects include: cramping, bleeding between periods, and severe menstrual pain, but this only a very small part of the overall story when it comes to copper and females.

The overarching narrative to this story is that copper and estrogen share a very intimate relationship with one another because estrogen increases copper retention in the body. It has been estimated that almost 85% of females (of all age ranges) are adversely affected by a common, yet little known condition called copper overload or copper toxicity, and have no idea it’s the cause of their distress. This makes implantation of a copper IUD in a female that is already (and usually unknowingly) overloaded in copper a recipe for disaster.

To make matters worse, few doctors are aware of this condition, thus unintentionally prescribing hormones and/or devices that could negatively impact your health and well-being.

What is Copper Overload/Copper Toxicity?

Copper overload, often hereditary, is an inability to effectively eliminate excess copper. It is not the same as Wilson’s Disease, a life threatening and rare genetic disorder where copper accumulates in vital organs and glands.

Copper has the ability to profoundly affect every system in the body especially the reproductive, nervous, and glandular systems, and it has a devastating effect on mental health. This explains why common, yet undisclosed side-effects of the copper IUD include severe anxiety and panic attacks, depression, hair loss, anemia, increased anger and rage, brain fog, spaciness, paranoia, fatigue, and increased infections (yeast being the most common) to name a few.

As a metal, copper is a great conductor of energy, (you know how that energizer bunny keeps going and going) which gives credence to symptoms of insomnia, racing thoughts, heart palpitations, and dizziness after a copper IUD is inserted, symptoms all of my female clients have complained about after trying this method of birth control.

Copper and Cancer

As I mentioned previously, estrogen increases copper retention in the body. We live in an estrogen dominant world and it is well documented that estrogen dominance plays a direct role in the development of many cancers including those of the breast, ovaries, and cervix.

Additionally, impaired methylation synthesis is also a major factor in today’s soaring cancer rates. You can view the research here.

With copper high, zinc becomes imbalanced. Zinc is an essential nutrient in the healthy functioning of all our bodily processes. It enhances resistance to stress, maintains intellectual function, memory, and mood levels, and is an important component in the creation of all hormones. Zinc is also a major player in the creation of our bodies master antioxidants, metallothionein and glutathione, both of which are needed for every body system to function optimally and protect us from disease.

Without adequate zinc, we can become prone to pathogenic infections as well as diseases caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells.

Other Things to Consider With a Copper IUD

Practitioners are often told to inform patients that adverse menstrual irregularities will eventually subside after insertion of a copper IUD, but I have found the opposite to be true. Disorders such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) actually tend to increase in severity and duration after a copper IUD is implanted.

Postpartum depression (PPD) and psychosis are directly connected to elevated levels of copper, especially with multiple births because copper levels increase with each pregnancy (copper is needed to make blood vessels) and do not go back to normal post-birth. When I hear about women drowning their children, committing suicide, or shooting their husbands, I wonder if monitoring their copper levels would have helped prevent such sad stories.

Copper overload has a strong heritable component, which means that it is often passed down from generation to generation, something we call Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance (TEI). If all the females in your family share similar symptoms like mine do, copper toxicity may be the underlying cause.

Additionally, copper is a major player in ADHD/ADD, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, hyperactivity (especially in children) bipolar disorders, fibromyalgia, and paranoid schizophrenia.

Final Thoughts

Copper overload is a very treatable condition, one I’ve been blessed to overcome after a lifetime of pain and struggle.

I break all of this down for you along with 100 easy and delicious recipes for every occasion in my low-copper cookbook. My cookbook also includes healing tips, more in-depth research, time-saving planning and preparation methods, and a 2-week meal plan.

Have you experienced negative side-effects after insertion of a copper IUD? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. If you know of someone that is experiencing negative side-effects after insertion of a copper IUD, please share this post. It is through sharing that we create community, eliminate guilt and shame, and bring about healing.

Love,
SamiSig

 

 

 

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Chauhan, Abha, Chauhan, Ved, Brown, Ted W., Cohen, Ira. Oxidative stress in autism: Increased lipid peroxidation and reduced serum levels of ceruloplasmin and transferrin – the antioxidant proteins. Life Sciences, Volume 75, Issue 21, 8 October 2004, Pages 2539–2549.
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  1. Wow, I have JUST bbenmade aware of copper toxicity and upon this I removed my copper IUD. I can’t believe how quick my lethargy and fatigue stopped… within 3-4 days!!!! I could not keep my eyes open after 9pm, and have since been able to finish a movie & still feel nice,y alert & awake.

    My other problem that has not been able to be fixed by , GP’s , natrapaths & integrative practioners, has been a mid cycle b lead for the last four years, which basically means I’ve been having two periods a month for the last four years there for something fun and EMEA and just share exhaustion. Too early to tell , it’s only been three weeks , as to how it’s going to effect my cycles, but I’m very hopeful.

    I thought I’d share my experience, not enough warning and advice is given to women regarding the adverse reactions.

    Many thanks again for your article.

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      1. I received my IUD A month ago. My hair is definitely falling out more. I’m always so tired I honestly
        Thought i was pregnant. I’d be reading a book and just fall asleep laying on the book. I have zero energy to do anything. I’m watching calories and working out 5-6 days a week and i can not lose the weight! I debated on going to the ER to have it removed. I can’t really feel the strings. I wonder if they could remove
        It? I’m just going to go back to planning around my ovulation cycle because i have tried all contraception and it’s just not for me. I LOVE your article. Thank you for bringing awareness to this. I’m having blood
        Work done in a week to check my thyroid and iron levels. Wish me
        Luck

      2. Hi Sami. I used the copper IUD about 6 years ago. It was horrid! I had my ex remove it (I didn’t go back to the doctor) after about a month of having it in. My symptoms included: severely heavy menstruation, extremely painful menstrual, prolonged menstruation. In all honesty, I don’t remember if it impacted my mental state, but it definitely affected me physically, thus I could no longer continue to use it.

      3. Thank you Sami. I just recentky came accross information and a video blog about mythelation . Its facinationg and makes so much sense! -Epigentics , genetics and symptoms of imbalnces. So I am going to get tested for gentics and mythelation, as well as for copper toxicity. I have symptoms and suffering I believe from that too! My copper IUD needs to come out anyeays-almost 8 years old, getting an extra period during my cycle, terrible pms, and i have mentrual migrains that increased in number per year and month. Im going to order your cook book, and I signed up for your newsletter. I want health again!!
        Thanks again!
        ~Dawn

      4. Hello! Im going to irder your cook book and i sogned up for your newsletter. Thank you for mentioning mythelation and epigenetics. This is fascinating information! I recently listened to video blogs ans read articles in this. I am certain my health will be dependent on what a gentic testing and copper level testing will reveal. Im certain i have symptoms of under mythelation maybe, and i have the terrible symptoms you and your readers describe-in the worst possibe ways at times!!
        I will have my 7 or 8 year old copper IUD removed this coming week for starters!
        Here’s to health!
        ~Dawn

    2. I just wanted to let you all know, I was showing all the signs of toxicity from Paragard. It took me a year to get to the bottom of it. I took it out the next day after I read this article. Two weeks later, I am myself again. The bloated physical symptoms are gone, the mental anguish is non existent. I literallly was locked in a mental institution in September because I was so irrational. Now, I’m ok. Paragard is not for everyone! I do believe there is a problem with the device!

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      2. Hi Sami,

        I got the paragard on July 31st of 2017 – it is now Feb 22nd 2018. The past 5 months of my life I have been suffering from SEVERE anxiety and depression. I have been having the darkest thoughts to where I would be suicidal some days. Yesterday, as I made an appointment with a psychiatrist – I suddenly thought of my IUD. Then I came across this page, this has to be the culprit behind my ‘mental illness’!!!!! I get the IUD removed today – how long until I will feel stable? I read a couple articles how it took YEARS for the copper to detox the body!! This makes me feel hopeless – I am miserable! I am eating raw wholesome foods, I plan to take some supplements for it, hot yoga, etc. I need to feel like myself again.

        1. I’m another sufferer from Copper toxicity, from the iud, are you feeling better? I’m feeling hopeless too, I can’t get myself motivated to go to work, and still having doubtful feelings. My iud was removed June 25 and I thought I felt better, for a while but now and feeling bad again, doom feeling

        2. omg, i am feeling the same. Took mine 3 months ago and i am miserable. So depressed, some days i think i am going crazy. Tell me please what have you done to fix this> i feel so sad.

      3. I’ve currently had the paraguard IUD in for over 8 years and I can say it’s been a rollercoaster. I had no idea my problems with constant fatigue, anxiety and just emotional distress and mental fog could be related to the IUD. I noticed the changes in my menstrual cycle and figured the IUD was the culprit but as far as the things I’ve been through since insertion I had no idea it could have possibly been associated with the copper from the IUD. I’m going to get this thing removed asap. I’ve been practicing celibacy for the last four years anyway so I really have no use for it. Thank you so much for this article. I hope I can come back with great improvement upon removing the paraguard device.

        1. Hi, I have almost ghe same storry! 8 years now and nearly 4 years celibate. I wkndered at times if im missing something, like intkmacy, ans thats why i have been going to such dark delths. Im overwhlemed with raising my family and business, but I should be anle to handle what I have. My emotions have been a rollercoaster like you described. Something is not right. And this last month, i am sure I had 2 periods. I thought the second time i started a period aas a sign i have cancer. I also have menstrual migraines almost each menstrail cycle, unlike 1 or 3 times a year before the colper iud was inserted. I wonder if there is a link to the copper IUD?
          Ive been wanting to get the IUD out for awhile now, and after reading this artlicle and replies, I am certain I have copper toxicity. I lost hair too! am making an appointment this week to have it removed!!
          I am curious if you had your removed and what the results have been for you? I hope you are feeling better! I wish the same for myself! Thank you Dr Sami for the article ans insight.

      4. I am expereince the same. took my Copper IUD out almost 3 months ago and i have been struggle for over a month. Really bad depression, crazy thoughts, i think i am going crazy. I went ahead and checked my copper levels yesterday, lets see what they said. i feel so sad and i am the happiest person, i am the oppossite of who I really am. I am scared. What did you take to fix this issue? any help i would truly appreciate it.

        1. Have you tried eating healthier foods, and been Physically active? Sometimes when I feel like I am going crazy, I go for a run or ride my bike, and to help lower my cortisol level. Maybe your environment your around has impacted your stress, and depression. Its always good to make a plan for yourself. I was depressed, so I made a get happy plan, and it took some time. But the self help books, exercise, the foods I ate (Less meat to no meat) helped me a lot. Make and keep goals for yourself, it will hopefully help a lot. Much love Darling.

    3. I have had the copper coil in since April this year.
      A month after having it in place I notice that I am having continuous extra heart beats and tachycardia.

      I have been to my GP on numerous occasions having ecg and heart ultrasounds and told that although they can see these extra beats nothing is wrong with my heart!

      This is very frustrating for me and is coursing me great discomfort.
      I am worried that this is a product of me having the coil in and I am thinking it best for me to have it removed.

      I am just worried that when I removed it I will be stuck again as to what to use for contraception as I would like to go for the none hormonal type and the copper coil seems to be my only option.

      1. I just got a diaphragm (Caya) & Contragel. There are other none hormonal contraceptives I hope everything is going well with you.

      2. I’ve had the same heart issues!
        I had put it down to tension and anxiety caused by possible postnatal depression. After reading all these posts though, I’m convinced enough that there is something not quite right with using a base metal as birth control.
        I’m getting the IUD out in a few weeks.
        Did your heart issues disappear?

    4. I was on my third cooper IUD. I’m 44. I’d had this 10 year IUD in for 8 years. I’d been the Doctors about my period would only flow when I had a wee, like a blockage and they dragged on forever, she just said with my age, 4 children etc, etc.

      I’d noticed a smell there too and unusual discharge. I’d get very wet and wake up wet and it had a smell to it. Smears etc all normal. This was beginning to effect my sex life also.

      I started constantly bleeding almost, very light and watery, I’d get a few days respite a month. I had no pain during this. I started suffering the odd hot flush, night sweats, short tempered ness and I’d say a bit of depression creeping in, maybe through worry. and researched the internet. It said the change or maybe cervical cancer.

      I thought I’d go get my IUD out and go on the pill, try to regulate things. and after talking to the nurse, she agreed.

      In goes the speculum and she comments on my healthy cervix (phew). She tugged at my IUD twice, firmly, no movement and trickle of blood. She said she was only allowed 2 attempts, the doctor will manuever differently and is allowed 3 and if not… hospital.

      Now, what happened next is just me… and it’s not a good thing but I got home and sat on the toilet. I reached up and tugged my IUD out, slowly but firmly. What comes next is shocking and there is no way the doctor would have been able to get this out!

      My IUD had a large calcified stone on
      That was blocking my uterus, hence my period not flowing. The copper was black, the strings had calcification stones on. This stone was about 1cm across but in a triangular shape with sharp edges.

      Instantly all my symptoms stopped. The stone, it stank of what I’d been smelling coming out of me. My body had been fighting this for years. I think my hot flushes where infections. This stone had sharp edges, hence my bleeding-it was cutting my insides.

      I really think this would have killed me if left in. I have a normal vagina now. I’m so happy I could scream. No smell, discharge etc and I am panty liner free!

      1. Thank you commenting everyone you have I have the smell is really getting to me and I have been feeling sick lick morning sickness for the last week and a half ( no not pregnant) I’ve only had mine in for a year though, but I will be asking my doctor to remove it.

    5. Thankyou so much for this article. I have literally been feeling terrible for months with anxiety, depression and taking meds to have no relief when my friend suggested looking into my contraception. Very few sites provide this information which is really not good and could leave a lot of women very vulnerable and mentally unwell, so thankyou

    6. I am currently dealing with very long and heavy periods. I am convinced that the IUD May be messing up my hormones, specifically copper toxicity. Having it removed will be my first option.
      I would love to hear updates on your situation.

    7. I had several, several infections with the Copper IUD for SIX years. I can’t believe i managed for so long. A lot of criticism from my female doctors for wanting to take it out put me in fear. After going to the third doctor, she took the gross black thing out of me and rx me for another infection. Jesus! Now, birth control free for three years and I feel like I have my body back. Amen. I have normal lovely discharge during the normal ovulation and it’s great. Thank you for your article, looking to find more detox remedies to continue the healing process.

    8. I had a paragaurd for 5 years that I specifically chose because I have Hashimoto’s. I thought at the time that it was the best option however, I wish I would have done my research. Unfortunately, the symptoms I was experiencing I attributed to a Hashimoto flare up. I was riddled with anxiety, had my first panic attack, gained weight, and was fatigued. Again, I just assumed this was due to Hashi’s. However, something in me made the connection that possibly the paragaurd was at the root of my issue. When I went to have it removed the doctor made me feel like I was crazy for suggesting a correlation between my symptoms and the IUD.
      After having it removed it has been a slow process back to normalcy. Although I never had my copper levels checked, I did have an experience to let me know that copper was most likely at the root of my issues. My friend bought me a beautiful hand hammered copper water bottle that is supposed to “charge” the water. After taking a sip from the bottle I had a skin reaction about 10-30 minutes later on my upper left thigh of 1″ round patches of goose bumps that all rose at the same time and then dissipated after 30 seconds. The first time this happened I did not put 2 and 2 together however, it happened again after drinking out of the water bottle. I gave the bottle away and this symptom has not happened again.
      I wish more doctors were aware of the possible side effects and could inform their patients of the risk. I listened to a podcast wherein a recommendation was given by an OBGYN to make sure that a zinc supplement is taken when on the paragaurd. No one told me this. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that doctors are more interested in published literature regarding efficacy of treatments than actually listening to what their patient’s are experiencing.

    9. i had two periods a month from age 12-28. they were heavy and 7 days long. acne too. i wanted to find out how to get pregnant witg this issue bc anytime i went off bc it would be the same or id have to change bc frequently. i have pcos and autoimmune thyroidis. my immune system is attacking my thyroid. it never showed up for a standard thyroid test. a reproductive endocrinologist looked at
      my antibody response and it was 5400 and it is suppose to be <90. you should see a reproductive endocrinologist.

    10. Thanks for the comment. I have had my copper IUD for about a year and a half now. Before birth control, my periods were long and heavy, but always on time and never spotted. Well when I had my IUD inserted, I experienced heavy bleeding and spotting for the first four months, then it eventually subsided and periods became regular. Well about a year and a half after insertion, I began experiencing spotting between periods. One month I had a 2-week-ling period, and now I spot almost every month since. Spotting is usually accompanied by some mild cramps and lower back pain along with bloating. I’m thinking of having this thing removed and going back on the pill. Also note* I have had clear Paps for 5 years, blood tests done to check for thyroid problems, and a internal sonogram to make sure I didn’t have per-cancer growths or abnormalities as well as a STD test. ALL CLEAR. However, I am still having these issues. Don’t know what to do other than try a new birth control. Never liked the idea of having this thing in me. What to do?

  2. I have had this IUD for two years but I haven’t experienced any of the symptoms you describe. My periods are regular and although they were very heavy for about 4 months after I first had the IUD put in, they are more normal now. I thought they were particularly heavy because I stopped breastfeeding my baby when she was 9 months old and I didn’t have a period when I was breastfeeding. I am always tired but I think that’s down to leading a hectic life, working full time and having two small children etc. This article does worry me though. it’s definitely something to think about.

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    2. Hello Leah, l have copper IUD for 7 month now. After reading this article it also made me worried. I didn’t want to take any more mini or combined contraception pills as l was was gaining weight and had sleeping problems with mood swings. After switching to IUD the weight gain stopped and l feel happier and lighter but l still don’t sleep well and feel like my brain is ‘cloudy’. I also seem to have much heavier discharge then ever before. Does general blood test reveal the copper toxicity or it needs to be a special one?

  3. I’ve been having a handful of the symptoms you mentioned. I’ve had my IUD in for 4 years. Is the copper level checked via blood test? I need to do something, I’m struggling. Thanks for this article.

  4. Had the copper IUD in 2011, by 2012 started having extreme problems with cramping, became anemic and this lead to what was diagnosed as adenomyosis and had to have a total hysterectomy at 32 years old that year. I blame the copper IUD. No problems before I got that thing. I didn’t need the added hormones from the others so I thought it was the best choice… boy was I wrong.

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      Thanks for sharing your story, Kerri. I’m sorry you had to go through this. I wish doctors knew more about the dangers of copper IUD’s and tested copper levels before recommending them.

      1. I read that copper levels can be normal even when you are experiencing symptoms. Do blood levels determine if it is the IUD causing problems or is there another test?

        1. Elizabeth, apparently not. You are right that your copper in blood can be normal but you are still plagued by symptoms of copper toxicity. Instead, copper hair test has to be performed.
          I am contemplating asking for it at the next appointment.
          I suspect I have always high in copper and low in zinc because of my mostly vegetable diet. Hence my copper toxicity as the copper in IUD does emit extra copper to my body.

  5. The other day going through life as normal the thought, “Cooper toxicity” popped into my head. So, later that day I Googled it and thankfully came
    to your page. When I got my IUD two yrs
    ago I was reluctant. It just didn’t seem okay. I have two small children and have a history of blood clots. Plus the major influence was my mom who is a nurse kept bugging me about it. Since then, my periods are a ragging river with bad cramps, gained weight, and can’t remember the last time a slept through the night, at times during the month I cry over the littlest things. So, it all makes sense. I made up my mind it is coming out. Hopefully, things will improve. I am so thankful to you Sam for sharing this information. I will let you know what hap
    pens. I am sure it can only get better. Thanks, Heather

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  6. I had the copper IUD in for a year after I had my son in 2014. I experienced literal mania and paranoia. It affected my relationship to the point where we have separated. I also broke out with acne that I’ve never had an issue with before in my life. I felt extreme fatigue and spaciness/lethargy. I also have a thyroid condition which could also be the culprit, but it’s just interesting to me that these symptoms really became pronounced after the insertion of the IUD. It could be a combo of both problems or the copper just making things worse. I stupidly got it put back in a year after getting it taken out because I was afraid of getting pregnant. I’m currently making an appt to get it taken out again. I’ve been experiencing muscle spasms and back pain along with excessive hair loss. SO..I guess i’ve given it two chances and it has significantly affected me both times.

    :/

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      Thank you for sharing your story, Lauren. I’m so glad you are making the connection and are having it removed. Your life is much too precious to live this way.

      1. Hi mam my wife is using copper T for last two years. But for last six months her weight is lossed up to 10 kg, back pain,hair loss. Finally she met with Dr. For check up today & dr.replied that copper To is not seeing but there is a look like a big Stone & asked for sonography.
        So my wife just shared it today. So, Madam, what it could be & how could be cure. Plz suggest

  7. Hi there, I’ve decided to have my coppe iud removed asap! I’ve had it since the birth of my second son (4 1/2 yrs) and just after was diagnosed with severly underactive thyroid. Since then I have been suffering from crippling migraines, pmdd, hair loss, depression, anxiety, paranoia, anger, awful fatigue and aching joints. I been putting these symptoms down to the thyroid (/although my levels are OK says doc). Reading the symptoms, i am now pretty convinced it’s the coil!
    I am a vegetarian and have been reading this is not a great diet for copper toxicity? Would a zinc supplement help also?
    Thanks

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      Thank you for sharing your story, Victoria. Nutrients are powerful so I wouldn’t be able to advise you without a consultation and testing.

    2. I would like to point out that all the symptoms you listed are typical and characteristic of hypothyroidism … it’s very possible the IUD has nothing to do with that.

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    3. Hi Victoria, I am French, but I didn’t find enough information on french posts.
      I read your testimony, I fell the same as you. I am having my IUD removed today. The plan was to replace it (I have had it for 5 years), but reading this page, I changed my mind. I have been experiencing the same things as described by Samantha and by others on this page: depression, sleep problems, huge fatigue, difficulty to think effeciently, etc.

      I was wondering if you could tell us how much time it took for you to feel good again.? Alanna (upper on this page) said she was told it could be years before recovering. I am worried. I saw at least 5 different doctors (sleep doctor, 2 homeopaths, psychologist of course, otolaryngologist because I had dizziness and ear buzzings, acupuncturist, osteopath, even a magnetizer, and a naturopathist… Nothing changes. So removing the IUD is kind of my last hope!

      Thank you; I hope you are better.

      1. Oh and I forgot to thank Samantha for sharing her experience and helping other women. Thank you Samantha, people like you, who try to inform people are such a blessing for others!

      2. I also had a horrible spell last three days with the ear buzzing, extreme dizziness and now that I read this I know it was my IUD. I have to wait till the end of the month to have it removed. The symptoms I had disappeared after 48hrs of a very heavy period and something came out maybe it was a clot I don’t know because I got paranoid and threw it in the toilet. I had my HCG tested to make sure it wasn’t me miscarrying and the bloodwork came out negative thank God. I have a sonogram coming up so I’ll see what that shows. I am so glad I came across this article and wish I did my research before having the IUD in. I have depression, fatigue and my progesterone levels were low last check as well as my thyroid but that was treated with a supplement that seems to have helped.

  8. Do you have any references or sources to cite to support the claims in this article? I understand that there is not as much research as there should be about these things, but I would like to read more on the subject! Thanks!

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  9. I’ve had my copper IUD in for almost exactly two years. When I first got it in, I felt the strings, and it was so uncomfortable. This experience, though terrible, actually helped to diagnose that I had a moderate prolapsed uterus. The OB/GYNs didn’t make a big deal of it, and they said the IUD didn’t cause it, that most likely the pregnancies had caused it. They referred me to 3 months of pelvic floor PT, which was very helpful.

    I was less than 1 year post-partum with my 2nd child and still wanted to lose the baby weight. I started PT for the prolapse, and quickly got stronger. My prolapse is more or less managed now, and only bothers me for the week of/after my cycle. With consistent diet and exercise, within 1 year, I had lost about 20 lbs and was feeling great, losing the weight helped the prolapse symptoms too.

    In the second year, my weight has crept up about 6-8 lbs despite working out with harder programs (T25, Insanity, etc.) and eating much better, cleaner and healthier, overall and limiting alcohol. I have been keeping at a healthy diet and exercise routine, but it’s so frustrating to do everything right and not see the scale budge at all. If it does move, it’s within a 3 lb range. (For context, my ideal weight is probably something like 150/155 and I’m currently stuck at 169-172.). I am not all about the numbers on the scale, and I feel strong and have muscles now, but I still have major fat stores all over, esp belly.

    Due to the inability to lose weight, I thought perhaps I was hypothyroid, and went to an Endo. I wanted to go to a naturopath or integrated medicine practice, but none near my take insurance, so I started with the Endo. The tests came back ‘normal’ – although I’m not convinced she ran the right ones, based on some internet research. My TSH was high (3.2) using updated ranges, not the old ranges. The Endo wrote off my concerns about my weight as well as very low libido and said I was looking for ‘an easy way out’. I won’t be going back to her.

    So, then a few months later, after more clean eating and consistent exercise with no resutls, it hit me, inflammation – the copper IUD causes inflammation. I read dozens of stories of women gaining weight or not being able to lose weight while on the copper. I’m having mine removed next week. I would love some advice about this and what you’ve seen!

    1. I have had the same issues with weight loss and had my thyroid checked twice, all normal. I also experienced significant hair loss. The IUD is the only thing I can contribute this too besides being “older” which is what my doctor likes to blame it on but I don’t think you age that significantly in a two year period. I am having mine removed in two week and wanted to see if you saw results after your removal.

  10. How happy I am to read this article. I was a very fit and happy mother of three when I had the cooper coil put in. In two years, I gained 10kilos, my periods were blood baths, I felt brain fog, fatigued, lived on coffee to make it through he day. I would swell from the smallest food (I eat dairy, gluten and sugar free), I was miserable. I would wake up in the mornings and just cry for no reason, had extreme anxiety attacks and paranoia, I pulled away socially as my skin started breaking out and I was a distant version of my self confident self. I finally said enough was enough, and took it out. I can’t tell you how amazing I suddenly feel! It was four weeks ago now, but I feel like I’ve woken up somehow. I’m energetic and positive, I’ll be tired because a child woke in the night, but have the energy to get through the day. My allergies have decreased, I feel happy and cheerful, no longer the yelling monster I’d become. I can’t tell you how taking that thing changed my life!!! Initially I slept sodidly for about 4 days and suddenly I was awake again! It’s a wonderful feeling! I’m back to have light four day periods, pms is very slight and controllable, I’m back to being me! Thank-you for this article, it re-enforces my instincts about tre copper coil. I will now also go and check my copper levels….

  11. I had a hormoal IUD fitted in 2007 and had it removed in 2009 because my periods were too heavy and suffered bad cramps most of the time. 2012 I was advised to hbae a non-hormonal one fitted. I still suffered very heavy periods with cramps in my lower abdomen when getting out of bed. The worst thing is I lost all feelings in my vaginal area and lost any interest in sex and have joint pain. I am now thinking it could be caused by the IUD. I know there is nothing documented about this but it could be cause of this. Everyone gets affected differently by different things. That is why one person will be allergic to Penicillin and could die whilst another could be cured by it.

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      Yes, we are all biochemically unique and will respond differently to the same substance or nutrient. Thank you for sharing your story, Hilary!

  12. Ok this article makes me feel less crazy! I got the copper iud in the summer of 2016 and started having heavy periods which never got lighter.
    I had a lot of heart palpitations which I went to cardiologist because it was all the time! I wore a monitor for two weeks and they were just palpitations. Extreme fatigue, hair loss ( my hair has been thinning out since I got it) I noticed I am angry more than I ever was with pms. I am always patient but not since the iud. I think I named most of my symptoms. I think somehow it is cause inflammation issues with my bladder. It just started about a month ago. But I am getting it removed Thursday. I can’t wait to get it removed and I wish I had listened to my body last year when I knew it wasn’t right.

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      1. Hi,

        I have found this post so helpful and it makes me feel completely less crazy. I have been having health issues since I had my IUD inserted. All of which I had no idea were connected. And when I asked my GP he said it would not be related. Therefore i have had various tests, various medications and the problems only seem to be worsening.
        When I had it fitted it was extremely painful on insertion and for days afterwards. Periods are very heavy and despite how careful I am it always catches me out at some point. They last anywhere between 8-15 days.
        On top of that I have had recurrent water infections, I have had chronic fatigue and exhaustion, I’ve been having terrible headaches and feels as though I have a lot of pressure behind my eyes.
        I struggle to concentrate and feel foggy all the time which has led to me doing very stupid things. I’ve been breaking out in my skin where I don’t want to leave the house. I’ve been craving chocolate just for some energy. ( I do not have a sweet tooth so this is new for me) I’ve had terrible aches and pains and I’m mid twenties so i feel it is out of the ordinary.
        As a result i am feeling completely terrible and crazy because all the tests have been coming back saying I’m fine which is making me feel like I’m going crazy and leaving me hopeless.
        Due to feeling so bad I made some healthy lifestyle choices I started eating super healthy. A very well managed balanced diet I have started going to the gym and have been working with a personal trainer. If anything. However this has only seems to make things worse. Since I’ve been trying to take control I’ve only ended up more exhausted and runn down than before. For instance I went to the gym today and slept. For 6 hours afterwards as I had no energy. This is the opppsite of what it should be doing.
        So reading this and relating to so much of the blog as well as everyone’s posts. It’s made my mind up and I am going to have it removed. Hopefully I can be bacj to full fitness and health when I’ve had it out.
        Also forgot to mention I have had heart palpitations quite regularly. However due to suffering from anxiety prior to this I had put it down to this. Thanks so much.
        Please can you advise how long it will take to return to my normal self when I have had it removed?

        Thank you in advance. There should be more emphasis on this when you are being informed about contraception.

        1. I️ am having these same exact symptoms to the t. I️ feel like I️ should’ve wrote this. Is there anyway you could email me so I️ can learn more about what happened with you once you got this removed ? Please and thank you!

    2. Angela,

      These are the same symptoms I had! Heavy bleeding, longer periods and more intense cramping. I had a lot of heart palpitations and hair loss too. At some point about a year and a half ago (after having it four five years) something told me to get it taken out, so I did. My period has gone back to normal and the heart palpitations have stopped. So glad I got it out. After stumbling across this feed, I am now going to get my copper levels tested.

  13. I just mine inserted yesterday and I wish I had seen this site and others before I made this decision. I know it’s too early to tell if I will have any symptoms but I also don’t want to live in fear. I’ve been very healthy and trim and will be 48 next month. Thought this decision would simplify my life and hopefully it will and not cause unwanted complications. Praying for all of you that have had difficulties with the IUD.

    1. Hi Christine,

      I just had mine inserted last Wednesday (May 31st) and I feel the same way! Reading all this has freaked me out even though I have yet to experience any adverse side effects… Have you noticed anything since you’ve had yours in?

      1. Hi Natalie,
        Thanks for your note. I have had mine in for 1 month now and glad to say all has been smooth so far. I had my first cycle and it was pretty much as others described, heavier flow and more cramping than before but totally manageable and no other symptoms. Although in the beginning, I kept a log of anything unusual going on with my body because I was so concerned after reading other women’s negative experiences. Armed with the knowledge of what others have gone through will help keep me focused if anything unusual starts happening and if so I know I will get it removed. Good luck to you and hope we both have a positive experience and can enjoy the benefits for the next 10 years!!
        Christine

        1. Hi Christine,

          I just got my IUD put in about 3 weeks ago and I am currently going through my first period right now. I always had VERY easy periods with barely any bleeding and little to no cramps. So as you can imagine this first period is very new to me. I am bleeding more than I ever have, and for the first time experiencing some harsh cramping. I understand this is normal for about 6 months and should subside. I am very nervous I did the wrong thing. I did not want hormones in my body anymore from oral contraceptives and the depo shot, which I had both before. I am newly 22 and scared. I keep reading awful stories and hoping I did not just ruin my body at such a young age. Any suggestions are appreciated.

          1. Hi Lauren
            Get it removed!
            When I was 21 I got a IUD, at the age of 24 I had the feeling that I was pregnant. Took a home urin test but negative, whent to the doctor, she didn’t belive me, said it was so rarely people became pregnant with a IUD, – but my mother did: she had me, and a miscarige before, eventhough she had a copper IUD (10 years later she had breast cancer, later cancer in the liver and died at the age of 59).
            The doctors urintest didn’t show pregnacy, so she tried a blood test on me, it was positive.
            A scanning showed the pregnacy in the oviduct, and it had to be removed, – I didn’t want a operation, it was my last choice.
            I got some pills (same as for cancer), but they didn’t helped much, and some days later I got heavy pain in the abdomen. I knew there was a chance of the oviduct could broke and therefore I had to take care and not lift heavy things, but it was difficult.
            I lay on the floor afraid of be moving, called the specialist center I was treated of, the doctor said “call a ambulance!”, – the bleeding out in the abdominal cavity is dangerous.
            Lay in the hospital some days, and in the end I got a operation, because the bleeding didn’t stop, and the oviduct was removed.

            So my advise to you, – and I wish I had it myself before I ruined my body, – is to removed the IUD and also don’t use hormone contraception.
            Good luck
            Kirstine

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  14. Wow this really hits home for me. I go to a physician who trained under William Walsh. She tested all sorts of levels and I had a high copper level and low histamine indicating overmethylation. I had horrible auto immune hives for 6 months and am still not sure what to attribute them to. Maybe the copper IUD? and just recently have had mood instability and depression before my cycle. I am a fitness instructor and am very health conscious and have a hard time maintaining my weight. Originally I chalked it up to a slowing metabolism but am now wondering if it is related to my IUD. I get it taken out tomorrow and can’t wait! I’m a little concerned about the efficacy of barrier method but will take my chances. I’m getting my compounded supplement later this week to start detoxing my body from copper toxicity and to address my methylation issues. Thank you for the info!

  15. eversince they inserted dc copper iud, ive been having terrible headache, heavy breasts n bin growing big, growing belly n it is big now n im gaining weight i inserted it on december 2016, n im always dizzy, n im always hungry, and im no longer interested in having sex as a result my boyfriend has left me

  16. Thank you thank you thank you. I can not thank you enough I thought I was going completely off my head being angry, crying, and being very possessive and paranoid but now thanks to my mums findings and reading about other women who hav and are suffering the same symptoms as me who hav beennon or still hav the copper coil inserted I feel normal again. I hav never had so many suicidal thoughts as I hav since I had the coil in I even tried to slit my wrist yday and all I every do and want to do is sleep sleep sleep coz I am out of the pain and suffering of it all. I can’t b bothered with anyone not my kids, my family no one. So today h hav an appointment with the dr and I am going to b telling them I want it out and I want sterilised I already hav two kids and my partner has four so we don’t need any more. Thank you all once again for making me feel normal. Xx

    1. Hello after reading your story I can relate I have had really bad side effects not realizing it was the IUD but I had mine in for 9 years not realizing that my anxiety and depression and the OCD was because of this I took the IUD out to find out all my side effects were going to get worst now I have sever anxiety and depression The OCD has caused me to have inturstive thoughts and has been scary I have had blood test done and there is cooper in my blood but the docter keeps telling me it is not from the iud im lost because I dont know what to do I never thought all this was relating back to the iud

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      Yes, absolutely but it requires testing and an in-depth assessment. Please know there is no one-size-fits-all nutrient therapy approach.

  17. Hi there.I’m 29 and thought I’d share my experience with you.
    I’ve had a copper iud for over a year.
    The first few weeks after the insertion were not pleasant. I felt an uncomfortable warmth inside me. And was scared to bend my belly because I had a feeling that it would «break».
    I used to have very irregular period before the iud (no period for up to three to six months). But after the iud it came every months.
    The first few cycles were just awful. Very painful and extremely abundant.
    I experienced back pain and bled so much that i had to go to the toilet every time i could in order not to get blood everywhere.

    The next cycles were regular and although my periods were still really really heavy the first 3 days it wasn’t painful, even less than before.

    But something came up during the same time, a permanent ache in my throat, my nose was often running, I sneezed a lot and had blocked ears.
    My doctor gave me anti allergy medicine and it got better.
    But after many blood tests it turned out that I wasn’t allergic to anything (not even copper).
    So I started to wonder if it was linked to my iud, since it began around the time I put it in.
    Doctors said it was impossible.

    But the periods were too abundant, (had to wear diapers!!!), lasted too long and i sometimes felt that uncomfortable warmth from the first days. I got anemia, was often tired and sometimes cried for no reason.

    So after 1 year and a half of loyal services, i decided to take it out (it wasn’t painful at all).
    I felt a mini liberation.
    It has been two weeks and i feel that my breathing has been better.

    So what can we do to have a pleasant sex life without iud, pills, implants… are condoms the only way?

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    2. Frenchgirl, I recommend the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” to learn about the fertility awareness method. It requires tracking your basal body temperature and cervical fluid while better connecting with your body. It takes discipline to learn, so I understand how most women prefer the ‘quick fix’ of an IUD or hormonal forms of birth control… but it’s really rewarding when you can, say, feel which side you ovulate from and exactly where you are in your cycle.

    3. Check out the Lady Comp, Pearly, Daysy…. There are a few of them out there. They work using your basal body temperature. I’ve been using it for many years with success. No babies! It’s natural, no side effects and really helps you to get to know and love your body.
      I was in the same situation as you, My last resort was the copper IUD and it did not go well for me at all. After 1.5 years I was ready to shoot everyone around me if I hadn’t been too tired. Thank god I dislodged it and had to get it removed. It was a shift in personality.
      People don’t talk much about natural family planing methods. There’s no money in it for the pharma industry, so doctors don’t promote it. But there’s a lot of information out there and it’s becoming more and more available.

    4. Frenchiegirl,
      I’m so sorry for your experience! I had the copper IUD inserted about 14 months ago, and have had either severe colds or cold symptoms non stop for 4 months. I am also a vegetarian, and after a lot of reading think it’s related to the copper. I am leaning towards taking mine out. Have you continued to get better? Thank you!

  18. I had a TERRIBLE and PAINFUL insertion of my copper IUD. It was honestly worse than the labour of my child before I decided to use a copper one as my choice of contraceptive. I chose this as my body would reject any hormone type pills. My body would just decide to vomit until it was rid of the hormones.
    The pain eventually went away after 3 months…however I had TERRIBLE insomnia…mood swings…depression…and I never even thought that the “copper” could cause this.

    After 7 years I have just had it removed…which was VERY painful…I had my period 2 days after and it was back to only a day and a half how it was before…but I had and am continuing to have terrible cramps… nausea….dizziness…sudden headaches and tiredness….almost like gallbladder issues….and weirdly it gets very bad around 8:00 at night.

    I can’t find ANYTHING online about why this would be and my MALE doctor says it’s just my uterus contracting. If anyone has had this AFTER removal I would appreciate ANY input.

  19. Hi I’m currently on the pill. I would like to stop as I see risks increase from 35 years. I was considering the coil but after reading your article I’m not so sure. What’s the next best option of birth control. Thank u

  20. Sami, thanks for sharing this.

    I also have a horror story with my IUD; mine was inhibiting micronutrient absorption. I was hungry and eating all the time, but despite a healthy diet and spending the prior 6 years at the same weight (with the same exercise and eating habits), I gained 20lbs and developed a host of vitamin deficiencies in a short period of time. In the last few months that I’ve been copper-free, I’ve lost the weight and all but one vitamin deficiency.

    There’s already inequality in how women are represented in the research that explores issues relative to everyone, but there is even less done on female-specific health issues. It’s really disappointing.

    Anyways, all that to say I wish I had found your blog sooner and I appreciate your discussion about one of the things many doctors either don’t know or sweep under the rug.

  21. I’m having lots of the symptoms everybody else has mentioned and I’m thinking of having it taken out. What are some of the more natural birth control alternatives? I’m not interested in condoms or charting.

    1. I have been tracking my cycle and using the natural method. You have to pay close attention to your cycle. There are websites and apps to help you figure out when you ovulate, etc.

  22. I got my IUD exactly one year ago. These are the symptoms I have noticed over the time period

    Hives – I had a massive hives outbreak from February – April of 2017 and I could not figure out what caused it.

    I have also been really low especially right before my period and much worse than when I was not on the IUD and I’m guessing it’s because my body is probably retaining a higher level of copper. I’m getting my IUD removed at my next doctor’s appointment

  23. Hi, this article got me thinking. I had my copper IUD inserted 2 months ago, at 12 weeks postpartum. I got my period back the day after the IUD was inserted. That cycle was 31 days long, with 2 days of mid-cycle spotting. Since then, I’ve had a 17-day cycle, and now a 15-day cycle. Do you think the copper IUD could be causing this?

    If this makes any difference, there is a history of estrogen dominance in my family.

  24. Hi there. After having my daughter I got a pulmonary embolism and the doctor suggested that I get a copper iud instead of the mirena. It ended coming out after 6 months. Fast forward 8 years, I had my son and decided to give it a try again. I breast feed and dont consider my diet to be unhealthy. The first 8 weeks after having my son I was steadily dropping weight but as soon as I got the ius put it I have gained 8 pounds in 4 months and have not been able to loose weight. I count calories and exercise but the extra weight does not come off. Should I have it removed?

  25. I had the copper IUD inserted in December. Two months later, I got my first yeast infection ever and have since had recurring infections. I now have the IUD removed, but I regret getting the IUD in the first place as I still have yeast infections and feel the yeast has overtaken my body and doctors seem to be struggling to help me.

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  26. I had the copper iud for 2 years and it was awful. My hair was falling out, had heavy, painful periods, and I just didn’t feel right at all. Then it started to smell weird which turned out to be over growth of yeast. When I had it removed I felt so much better almost instantly! I have been using a natural method (tracking my cycle) ever since.

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  27. Hello,
    I’m actually planning to write an article on my experience with the copper IUD. I had it in for only 16 months and I swear, I would have eventually died from it. My first symptom was horrific melasma on my face, followed my debilitating fatigue, hair loss, anemia, gastritis, dry skin, brittle nails, no appetite, mood swings, and depression. I had blood work done and showed I was suffering from hypothryroidism (a symptom of copper toxicity & I never had this issue prior). The doctor said my thyroid was operating at the lowest level she had ever seen & that my T3/T4 ratios were strangely off from what she’s seen. After 7 doctors and thousands of dollars later, I ended up doing hair testing and urinalysis and it showed my copper levels were off the charts. A year later, I Im still on a major supplement program, diet changes and chelation. I feel better but the melasma is still there, which leads me to believe it’s still high. It is an extremely complicated process to remove the copper. I get re-tested next week. What a nightmare!!!! I wish I never had that damn thing in; it’s changed my life.

  28. I had my cooper IUD for about 3 months. I have always suffered from yeast infections (other than that I was healthy and had not other health issues) but this device made it worse. On top of that I ended up getting a vaginal mrsa infection and a UTI all in the span of the three months of usage. My blood pressure is always around 110ish/70ish range and now I got told I got orthostatic hypotension and have been experiencing dizziness for almost a month. My doctors seem to think it’s dehydration but I drink about 8-10 glasses of water a day. They also checked for anemia but that came back normal. I’m just so glad I got this device out and glad I found this site. I wish I would have seen it before I had gotten the IUD inserted. I got the IUD out last week and I hope I start feeling better soon. I just want to be healthy again.

  29. Thank you so much for speaking up and informing women! Horror story doesn’t even begin to describe my life since 2010 when I had the Paraguard inserted. My male OBGYN sold it as “hormone free” and I fell for it. Just within the last week my research between working full time and being a single unhealthy mom has led me to the idea of copper toxicity. A few months ago I self diagnosed myself with adrenal fatigue . Yes, I know about the controversy with that. I think it’s just a matter of people who don’t suffer from two full pages of symptoms and are just SO TIRED of feeling 80 when I’m only 40 not understanding that adrenal fatigue means fatigue due to a problem with your adrenals. Just today I was told by my endocrinologist who I’ve only seen one time that in fact I do have adrenal insufficiency. I’m going back next week for more tests. Because “life ” was happening around the same time in 2010, Drs just kept telling me it was stress and depression. I believed them. NOT ONE ever said maybe it’s copper, your adrenals. I doubt they even know. I’ve felt like a hypochondriac for a long time. I’ve had migraines since I was a teen, depression since I was 20. I was always an athlete until I was told I have Fibromyalgia. I was taking all these meds and still cracking up. But too afraid to stop taking them. Everyone said I was crazy including myself. So with a death in the family, my husband becoming an addict then telling me he wanted a divorce, losing my stepsons who I lov d like my own, my father (and hero. He saved me from abuse by my so called birth mother and adopted brother) becoming very ill and passing away in 2013, my raging alcoholic brother, moving several times bc of husbands addiction, having a 1yr old, losing 40 pounds to the point everyone thought I was doing drugs with my ex!, losing my job due to pain, being sick with sinus infections CONSTANTLY, having my hair fall out, having SEVERE anxiety and panic attacks, being hospitalized for a week with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea and rectal bleeding (never having an answer as to why or what was wrong with me), experiencing numbness and tingling in extremities, migraines causing vomiting, with a slow progression into this debilitating fatigue that causes me to be exhausted to the point of crying during the day yet wide awake for most of the night. Frequent urination. Achilles tendinitis.All the relationships gone bad bc I’m a raging basket case at times could go on and on…..what is the connection with copper toxicity and adrenal insufficiency? Which came first. Too much copper bc my adrenals aren’t able to get rid of it for me ,,? Or could the copper cause adrenal insufficiency? Who d I see about having hair tested? I thank you!!!!!!!!

  30. What about during intercourse? I have had my copper iud for about 5 months now. And i spot in between periods a few times, but omg during intercourse it actually HURT. And it had actually made me bleed. I bled for almost 2 hrs straight! Its been almost a month now since intercourse and ive been to the dr twice amd still have 2 appointments to go! But once my period ends im thinking about trying intercourse again…but im scared to death! Cuz that was so embarrassing, bleeding cuz of sex.
    I had a mirena put in 4years ago and taken out 5 months ago when this copper one was put it. But when they inserted my mirena i wound up getting DVT. And since iv had a blood clot the doctor says the copper is the only birth control im gonna be aloud to be on. I wont know though until intercourse in a few days…and then ill probably need to figure out something new.

  31. Hi,

    I’m considering getting the copper IUD (just had my second baby) and, per the recommendation in this article and comments, I would like to get my copper levels tested first.

    What range of copper level is considered normal (meaning trying the copper IUD is more feasible/safe)?

  32. Hello,

    Researching the old Copper T (1976) and the incidence of PID and salpinx infection, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Can you provide some guidance to meaningful literature? This happened to me at age 22.

    Thanks.

  33. It’s been almost 2 years since I have gotten my copper IUD after the birth of my first child. I’ve always suffered from endo and ovarian cysts along with severe migraines, for a while at first the IUD did throw my period schedule off a bit. My doctor agreed with trying the copper IUD as I tried 6 different BCs out there, which I didn’t react to very well hormonally as well as getting pregnant while on nuvaring.
    Now, my periods are back to their natural schedule before prescription hormones were involved. But now, my migraines are worse, I am fatiqued like no tomorrow, this past week I’ve had abdominal pains and a brown discharge with slight odor(sorry tmi) along with lightheadedness and everything twirling around me. The discharge is getting worse and it is no where near the date for my period to start. Wondering if I should just get this IUD out and get a hysterectomy, it was either the IUD or surgery and I think I am now out if choices. It really sucks being a female.

  34. I had a Paragard IUD inserted in April 2016 after the birth of my baby. I had no issues with it except for periods that were much heavier than I was used to. I accepted that as a minor drawback of having such easy and convenient birth control. In April/May of 2017, I was given Amoxicillin for a sinus infection. I immediately experienced a nasty yeast infection. I tried several over the counter yeast creams, which usually cure the yeast infections that I always get with amoxicillin. However, this time, they didn’t work. I called my OB/GYN for fluconazole pills, but those didn’t cure the yeast either. The doctor then prescribed a more aggressive round of fluconazole, which also didn’t work. At that point, I insisted on my IUD being removed because I had read that yeast can form a biofilm on the IUD. I began to realize just how run down and fatigued I had become by then–just absolutely exhausted and hopeless. I’m only 32 by the way. After my IUD removal, I tried another 1 day yeast treatment, followed by a 7 day yeast cream. Neither worked. Running out of hope, and suspecting an underlying reason for my body’s inability to clear up this yeast infection, I went to see a naturopath in October 2017. She has me on a candida detox protocol, but she also suspects anemia as a cause for my fatigue. Although, now I’m wondering if copper toxicity has been playing a role in that. I have yet to see any improvement, but I haven’t been on the detox for even a week so far. My naturopath is hopeful though. The yeast has taken such a huge emotional toll on me and has also taken a toll on my marriage. If I had known this would happen, I never would have used an IUD. Six months with a raging yeast infection is almost like torture.

  35. My husband is going for a vasectomy and he’s dreading it so scared, having had the copper coil for 6 years I searched to see if it was worth his anxiety about the “operation” or just for me to carry on with the coil but everything you’ve described here is what I have experienced over the last 4 years! Doctor has prescribed me antidepressant/anti anxiety tablets for a few years now but never once mentioned this could be down to my contraception. Thank you I’m looking forward to having my life and mental health back. ( the heavy painful periods I got used to as side effects).

  36. I had horrible periods,extreme anxiety like 5-20 panic attracts a day I chalked it up to having a miscarriage and passed life experience but after I went on keto and eventually got the iud taken out I haven’t had one…. I was kinda pushed into getting it by my bf at the time and my dr was very pushy about me getting the iud if I would have known this before I would have never gotten on it

  37. Ahhhh after reading all the above comments i thank you fr creating this page .i have had a copper IUD 2.5 years ago after 1.5 years of my 2nd child birth .since then experiencing hair fall which is at extreme now ..feeling depressed ,tired,demotivated low libido and angry are another symptoms …after being on a clean diet it is terrible to see clumps of hairs coming out of my head …i was looking since more than a year either my copper IUD is the reason of all these symptoms but i was ignoring it. I think now is the time to get it removed …have had too much loss

  38. I just came across your article tonight as I have been looking up information about copper toxicity. I had a copper IUD put in about two months ago and am having major issues and didn’t know what was causing them. First off I have been on my period for 4 weeks straight with no end in sight. My depression is out of control. I can’t sleep, im irritable, emotional, and trust me the list goes on. My fiancé has been begging me for weeks to take it out, he believed that it had to be cause but I kept telling him to that there was no way the doctor assured me the only side affect was heavier periods and cramping. Boy was I wrong. I can’t wait to get this thing out and hopefully my life will return to normal, before it costs me my relationship or worse.

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      I’m sorry you had this experience, Meshelle. It sounds like you were already overloaded with copper before the IUD. With implantation, it increased your levels thus creating your symptoms. You will probably need nutrients to correct the imbalance caused by it, but with the culprit removed, your body will begin the process of rebalancing.

      1. Hi, Samy
        And thanks for the info! I got the copper 7 Iud in the late 1970’s about the age of 20 and had the same problems described here and had it taken out about 6 months later..ended up with a total hysterectomy..ovaries, uterus,cervix and tubes removed 6 years later..never have really recovered..diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 2 years later when nobody believed in it and to this day I still have so many abdominal problems at the age of 61..and still have fibromyalgia..could this be the cause of fibro? I am beginning to believe the copper 7 has caused the onset of my fibro…so many years ago! It’s just been such a long and lonely road! Going to do more research! Thank you again!

        Judy

        1. I had the copper cu7 around 1979 to 81, my IUD kept moving inside me. I got extreme pelvic inflammatory disease, in and out of the hospital, d& c procedures, cramping so bad I would be screaming in pain. I was infertile in my mid 20’s, both my tubes were blocked in 1988, I had a radical hestromy and only 20% of survival. I have dealt with,severe panic attacks, depression and so much more. Not one time was I told of any side effects. Today, I google it and I just broke down and cried. All that suffering i went through and for the 1st time in my life, I have some answers. The little thing that was put inside me was a demon.

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  39. Hi,

    I have had my copper IUD for about two years now, and i have gained so much weight with eating the same my whole entire life. I experience fatigue and excess body hair. I’ve been trying to eat healthier and see if its something else, but my metabolism is extremely low. Im so relieved to be taking this out of me, hope to get better.

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      This is a great first step, Ana. You may need nutrients to correct the imbalance caused by the IUD, but with the culprit removed, your body will begin the process of rebalancing.

  40. I’ve had my IUD in for almost a year and I’m getting it removed. I have never had acne my entire life and now at I have extreme acne in the hormone zone, I’m growing facial hair, my hair is falling out and I can’t sleep.. it’s so annoying. I’ve always been a good sleeper, I’ve never have had hair on my face until after I got this damn IUD and not to mention I’ve been breaking out in cold sores like no tommorow.. i consistently get one every year or so but since the IUD I have had 12!!!

  41. hi, i have a 6 week baby and last monday my doctor put the iud on me. i started to feel depress and with anxiety on wednesday and inmediatly thought there was a conecction, i called my doctor and he told me it had nothing to do with it, never less i yesterday went and had it removed. i just had it for 5 dasy id like to know how long will i be experimenting the symptons if i just used it for 5 days. im glad of finding all off ur stories, it helped me feel im not crazy.

    1. I am unsure of you will see this but I wonder at what point you would expect these symptoms to start? Got a copper coil inserted about 15 months ago in nz. Have had concerning brain fog and forgetfullness for a year… I have hit breaking point this last couple of months with what I am told is anxiety and tension headaches.. I dont know how I will ever work again if I do not recover.. my vision is also effected and I am a distant foggy mess and it is the most horrible time of my life. At only 30 and with young kids I need to find a solution! How can I get tested for copper levels etc? Thank you!

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  42. I’ve had gynafix for 6.5 years. I took it out for many reasons. It’s been out for about a month and a half and I’m still not sleeping well and have a bad depression. How long till this goes away. Should I get a copper tested. Sos

  43. Hello there, Thank you for this article and insight. I read through all of the comments and can’t find anyone going through the issues I’m going through so I’m posting to share as well as hopefully see if maybe someone else is experiencing the same thing or have in the past?

    I don’t have any children but after an abortion (and sorry if that bothers anyone to read) I had the Paragard inserted which was around July or Aug of 2012 at the age of 25 as my boyfriend was very distraught that I wanted the abortion and then was also very very scared to have sex unless I had an IUD. I didn’t want to argue about my lack of responsibility with my pills and I actually don’t want children, so I was ok with getting an IUD. I’m already on Wellbrutin XL for my chronic depression so my boyfriend and I didn’t want more hormones in my body than needed so I went with the Paragard.

    My periods were terrible and the cramping unbearable, but since I had been on ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® Lo since I was 13 I thought possibly my body was just not ever exposed to such periods. Now 5 years later my periods and cramping are very bad for day one of my period, so bad that I go through a super tampon in a hour, but my period comes every 3rd Wednesday – Sunday of the month for 5 days max. Which I love that regularity.

    Now for the issues, I have put on 15 pounds over the 5 years but I also drink craft beer daily and have a bad obsession with a nightly sweet snack so I felt my diet vs exercise, which I go to the gym 2-3 times a week, was just not the right balance and I need to watch my diet vs it being the IUD. Additionally, I battle a yeast and or bacteria infection monthly. Literally almost monthly for the last 2-3 years. I’ve been to many GYNOs who all say something different and just give me this gel to use for 3-5 nights or a single pill if its a yeast issue. The only Dr. that was able to shed some light for me is that my vag may have a high PH level and mixed with the hormones and acidity in my boyfriends body, creates an infection. Additionally he said to try having sex but with my boyfriend not ejaculating in me and see what happens and sure enough an infection DID NOT arise within DAYS as it does if he does ejaculate. So we thought we found the ah hah but sadly pulling out cant happen every time when we’re in the moment and its annoying to wear a condom and have an IUD.

    For the last six months the infections have gotten worse and more frequent and putting a damper on my relationship as we’re 6 years in now and want to be with each other but he’ll avoid starting any intimacy fearing there will be a bad smell while we’re in action, and ultimately it kills the mood. As Paragard is the only “non hormonal” IUD I dont want to take it out but I’d love to stop having infections so often!

    Thanks to anyone that reads this and may be able to shed some light for me 🙂

    1. Take it off hun. Your body is rejecting it. I took mine out today and it hurt like a beeeeee…
      I also started w the embarrassing yeast infections, along with oyher symptoms. New allergies, hypoglicemia, nausea,cramps during ovulation.. insanely anxious which I am a total smooth sailing kinda person. I have 3 children and got the iud after each. After my second i got it way later since my insurance chnged but got it s soon as i was able. Well the first time i had no issues, the 2nd time, i started feeling preggers monthly. So i got rid of it. This time it was the nausea and constant yeast infections that made me decide.
      I hope my story helps you.

      I am confident that i will bounce back. I dont have any weight issue, but i am lazier than ever the past 2 yrs. Oh my son is 2 1/2 so thats how long i had it for…
      And i retain at least 7lbs of extra weight minthly that fluctuates… its not alot but its not flattering.

      I really hope my sugar binging stops once my hypoglycemia is under control… because we know how fast yummy sugar can be addictive!!

  44. I agree with all the points mentioned about the copper IUD. I had mine removed after having had it for five years. During that time I experienced, depression, anger, mind fog, heart palpitations and extreme lethargy. I had no idea that it was caused by the IUD. It was an extremely lonely time as no one understands what you are going through, and it is hard to not feel as if you are losing your mind. What is really scary and disappointing is that doctors prescribe it to women without knowing the effects of it on our bodies. It’s been a long road but today I feel good again and I can only hope that more women become aware of the dangers of the supposedly ‘safe’ copper IUD.

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      Thank you, Verna, for sharing your story. My hope is that more women become aware of the dangers and that someday, doctors will also be enlightened. I am so happy you are better now.

  45. hello all , I had my first IUD placed in 2007 took it off in 2016 and one month later I put anther one in , now that i am reading the feed back from all the ladies here i can feel like am not the only one that suffering and have yet to find answers , my issue was not yeast infection but everything else mostly the weight gain water retention even with the simplest meal will make me bloated , I have tried everything under the sun for weight loss but nothing worked then i gave up , I wanted to be healthy , wanted to feel normal and i always felt that my inner body wanted to get out of my skin like it was trapped , my sleep my joints my psychological changes that i had no explanation for all that with my low metabolism almost dead , thank you for posting all this eye opening information .

  46. I’ve been on and off the IUD for years now, and the only problem I have is that of a longer 7 day period. It used to be 4 days before I got the IUD in.
    I however decided I want to take it out because these long periods are tiring. Hoping I can find a better alternative, preferably natural, as pill, inserts, injections are out of question.

  47. I was diagnosed with copper overload and took 75 mg of zinc for months with barely any change on blood tests. It wasn’t until I discontinued the birth control pill that I could finally start lowering my copper levels. But it’s a very slow ongoing process.

  48. Hi Samantha

    I’m on the hormonal coil (mirena), which has worked largely well for me. I suffered with mood swings and losing my temper in the first few months but 2 years on that has evened out.

    My main concern is excess hair growth, particularly on my chin. This has been a slow but worsening problem to the point where I’m quite self conscious if I don’t remove the hair every other day. It only seems to be getting worse, so depite the contraceptive working for me on many different levels I’ve been considering having it removed.

    I believe it’s the progesterone causing the hair growth issue. My doctor and I have ruled out PCOS and other hormonal imbalances. I thought the copper coil was the best next step as it is hormone free, but having read your article I now have reservations.

    What is your opinion on the hormonal coil (Mirena) and it’s side effects?

    Are there any forms of contraceptive that you do recommend?
    As I know feel as though there are no more avenues to explore. (I’m hesitant to go on an estrogen based contraceptive due to common side effects, and am unlikely to remember to take a pill regularly.

    I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on the hormonal coil!

    Thanks

    Belle

  49. In response to Jen who asked for additional resources on the subject of copper, may I refer you to the website and books of ANN LOUISE GITTLEMAN, PhD, CNS. Dr. Gittleman is an expert and pioneer on many subjects, especially copper. To think that she was already writing about copper in 1998 with the first edition of her book BEFORE THE CHANGE (a new edition has recently been published) and in 1999 with her book WHY AM I ALWAYS SO TIRED. And yes, she discusses copper IUDs and much much more in these books.
    For those of us who have followed Dr.Gittleman’s wisdom since the 1990s, we realize we are the lucky folks who learned years ago about copper, zinc, estrogen, etc. and therefore learned how to keep our bodies balanced and healthy in a very holistic natural way. Indeed, I cannot think of any discussion on copper without also including Dr. GIttleman as a top expert, pioneer and resource.
    Dr. GIttleman, if you are out there, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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      She is an amazing woman and pioneer for women’s health, but keep in mind hair tissue mineral analysis is not an accurate marker for copper status.

  50. Following some of the top practitioners out there through blogs, online summits, books, etc., one frequently encounters the issue of accuracy and reliability in testing. There are those who report problems in testing for serum copper, plasma zinc and whole blood histamine and for pyroluria thru urine. Problems reported include having urine tests show pyroluria while blood levels for plasma zinc appear normal or even elevated ( conflicting results) and whole blood histamine results fluctuating between over and under methylation (one does not fluctuate between over and under I believe). While procedures have been developed for plasma zinc, serum copper, whole blood histamine and urine pyrroles, folks have reported unreliable results even when working with trained practitioners. Experts have cautioned that while testing procedures and protocols may exist, accurate results come only when the phlebotomist and the laboratory have properly drawn and handled the specimen. Blood and urine testing (or any form of testing) is only helpful, of course, if it is accurate. Looking forward to the day where accurate and reliable testing is readily available and when the majority of experts are in agreement on what tests should be used.

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      It’s true that no test is 100% accurate, but we do require our labs to follow our protocols when they handle specimens to ensure accuracy. Also important is a thorough assessment to uncover exogenous factors that can skew results such as certain medications, which a skilled clinician will know. This is one of the reasons we don’t recommend self-treatment and diagnosis.

  51. Hi, I’m in the uk, my GP looked at me like I was bonkers when I suggested my copper coil might be causing my heavy cramping, acne and bad temper, ‘but there aren’t any hormones in it’ she said. ‘I think I NEED the hormones!’ I replied. I never thought it could actually be the copper causing it though. Could it cause acne? It’s terrible, like being a teenager again!

  52. Thank you for this article. I have a question, I had severe paranoia, ocd, and anxiety with the copper iud that took about 6 months after I got it taken out to go away. Does that mean I’m at risk for post pardom symptoms? If I ever chose to have kids would the symptoms go away eventually? I’m on chelation powder treatments and supplement therapy that has helped my pms as well. All my sympotoms from the iud are now gone. I’d love to know what you think. The iud experience was so horrific I’m now contemplating getting my tubes tied. I’d love to have kids someday but not if I make myself permentaly mentally ill. Thanks

  53. I had a copper IUD for about 5 years and over that time felt an increase in fatigue, brain fog and overall depression…as well as persistant dull pain in my upper thighs and later in both of my arms. After trying to figure out what could be causing the what seemed like drastic decline in my mental ability to focus, I started reading up on how copper affects the body. I decided to have it removed. It has been out now for about three months and I can tell a huge difference. I tried prozac and a number of other things to better my depression and felt so lethargic it was hard to get out of bed. I stopped the prozac after a three months and had the IUD removed…I feel more like myself than I have in 4 years. I still have persistent pains in my upper arms…not sure if that is related but the fatigue has greatly diminished and the brain fog is lifting. I still don’t know for sure if the IUD was the cause, but I do know things have gotten better since it was removed.

    On occasion, I would smoke when stressed and would even taste a strong metallic taste (while the IUD was present).

    How long does it take for copper levels to completely return to normal? Should it be gone now that it has been removed for more than a few months? Thank you for this article.

  54. Sami, I love how informative you are about the copper iud. I have had my copper iud for almost a year now. I had it inserted 6 weeks postpartum. I have always had difficulty digesting food which left me with a a little pain in my abdominal area but I could tolerate it. Only 5 months of having my iud I started to experience excruciating pain, excessive gas and bloating in my abdominal area. The pain continued and the only way I could tolerate the pain was to eat less. The past 2 weeks I have also been experiencing pain in my liver/gallbladder area. I went to see my doctor recently to have my iud checked because I was experiencing unusual periods and spotting. The iud was in place but my iron was low. Along with the abdominal pain, liver/gallbladder pain I have also been experiencing alot of anxiety, stress, hair loss, dizziness, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, back and sciatic pain. I have started taking an iron supplement and drinking alot of water which has helped the pain I feel in my liver. I am a young healthy adult with no other illness. I don’t believe I should be feeling this way! I plan on removing my iud as soon as possible with the hope that all my symptoms will go away. Once removed would it be beneficial to do a copper cleanse?

  55. I had TWO copper iuds inserted on friday without my knowledge (asked for one). I have a bicornuate uterus. Am I at a higher risk?

  56. I too have the same symptoms of pretty much everyone in these comments!! I thought I was starting to go crazy. I saw a counselor yesterday, and she mentioned I should talk to my doctor about it since my symptoms started AFTER the paraguard was inserted. I did some research. I made an appt for this coming Monday to have it removed.

    I had this put in in Oct 2017 (2nd child was 5 months old) and every since my mental state has gone downhill. Irritability, snapping, periods are crazy, and I just couldn’t COPE. Feeling tearful ALL the time. This is not me. I have never had any mental issues. I do not feel like myself at all. They do not warn you about these possible side effects!!! They need to have these warnings BEFORE a person says yes to having this HORRIBLE thing inserted. I hate BC but I would rather go on BC than keep this thing in.

  57. From age 16 I took combined pill
    Microgynon 30 (ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel) for ten years with no issue.
    age 26 (4 year ago) I developed jaundice and GP recommended I stop taking the pill (I never really understood why)
    the jaundice passed.
    I had copper IUD inserted as alternative.
    For the last four years I have had fatigue and gastro problems and was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis 18 months ago.
    For the last two/three years I have experienced progressively worsening low mood and depression

    could this all be linked to copper overload??

  58. I’m 33 and have one child, always been fit and healthy until I had the copper coil inserted, for over a year. The symptoms of copper toxicity sneaked in slowly but surely. First off, of course, I experienced extreme blood flow, which I was not overly worried about because apparently it was normal and supposed to subside over time to a degree. Only my periods didn’t get any lighter, nor shorter (at least 10 days), and I developed anemia within 3 months of insertion. Over the course of 6 months on, my emotional life really spiraled downwards starting off with feelings of very low confidence, hopelessness, lack of motivation and irrational fears… and there it was, all leading towards the worst depression and anxiety. Eventually my energy was so low I could barely get out of bed in the morning and I struggled in every area of my life. My sex drive was killed completely, memory loss and brain fog were concerning, I had a persistent rash on my face, digestive system stopped working properly and the heart beats became irregular. I reported all these problems to my GP but no-one ever suspected the IUD. What was happening to me just didn’t make sense, no underlying cause was found, not to mention I have always been leading an active life and eating a balanced diet. Only a couple of days ago when I really started questioning the little t-shaped devil inside my uterus and did some research, I finally made the connection. Thank God I got to the bottom of this sooner rather than later, don’t want to imagine how much worse things could have got… I made a drastic decision not to waste another day of my life waiting around for a doctor’s appointment, and removed the poisonous foreign object from my body myself. Though my advice to everyone is, PLEASE don’t attempt what I did and see a health professional to get it taken out. Sorry, I just couldn’t wait and took a risk. Feeling so relieved and in a better place already. My face is clearing up and i can spot a little light at the end of the tunnel. I just need to get my copper levels checked now to see where I am, and start a serious detox. Ironically, when I called my GP today to advise of the dangerous side-effects I had experienced, I was told what I’d described had no link with the IUD. How uneducated our doctors are in reality!?! I shall be more careful in the future and make sure I do my research BEFORE making big decisions like this one. I just wish all ladies were properly informed, so they could efficiently monitor how their bodies respond to the birth control, have read way too many heartbreaking stories by now :'(

    1. Hi, I am wondering, after removing Paraguard, did your excessive hair loss stop, and if so how long after getting it removed did you still have hair loss for? Thank you.

  59. How can you check your copper levels? I am having many of those symtoms and never though my IUD could be the cause. Vaginal infeccions that goes and comes back all the time.

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      1. I had a copper serum/ plasma blood test done. It says the expected range is 810-1990 mcg/L. Do you agree with this range? If not, what do you think is the ideal range?

  60. So about three years ago i had the Paragurd inserted and then it dialoged so i had to have it removed and had another one put back in last year February, 2017. After that a month later i started feeling really lethargic, my hair was falling out and i started having asthma like symptoms. So i went to my regular primary physician and he thought i had a vitamin deficiency. So, he did a blood test and after that came in he said i was severely vitamin B and D deficient. So around Christmas time i started getting vitamin shoots and i started feeling chronic fatigue and weakness. So i went back to my regular primary physician and he didn’t believe but did another blood test. After that blood test came back in he said everything was normal and not to worry about anything. But i wanted an answer why i felt like this, and after that he wouldn’t answer my phone calls. So i went back to my OB and saw a nurse and told her everything that was going on…she basically didn’t want to hear a word i had to say and basically pushed me out the door. So i deiced to go to a new Primary (he was AMAZING) told him everything i have been experiencing; extreme chronic fatigue, lathartic, hair-loss, asthma like symptoms, weakness, depression, etc. So i told him im on paragaurd and he just told me everything is going to be okay and i have SAD (seasonal effective disorder) they symptoms pretty much matched up. So he put me on wellbutrin, after almost a month i noticed they weren’t working at all! Yesterday i was sitting at my desk and i realized o my god, i started my copper iud the same time as all these symptoms started. I was talking to my boss because he is a dentist and he went to medical school to, and said i might have a copper toxicity poisoning and seeing how my grandma and dad are allergic to cooper it makes sense! I got in contact with my reg. primary physician and let him know what i thought and he agreed with me. As of today i am having it removed.

  61. This is fascinating. I wish more research would be done on this. I have had Paragard IUD for over 15 years in total between two pregnancies (10 years + 5 years) and just had it removed last week. Last Fall I started having severe panic attacks out of no where. I have a fairly low-stress life and it was triggered by nothing. I was just at work and out of nowhere started freaking out internally. My heart was racing, I felt confused and suffocated. I had a co-worker take me to the ER because I had no idea what was happening and was scoffed at and told it was anxiety. Yea, it probably was anxiety… but why?! There was no cause for it. I was told to follow up with my GP, which I did, and he also said that I have anxiety and that I was drinking too much alcohol and caffeine. I split one bottle of wine per WEEK with my husband and he said that is too much, and I have one cup of coffee per DAY plus a glass of unsweetened iced tea and he said that is too much. What?! I haven’t had an episode like that since then but have continued to have more mild anxiety with occasional panic attacks during stressful situations (not super stressful though – just normal day to day situations like meetings!), racing heart, feeling foggy, mood swings, anger/rage, fatigue, and depression.

    I started looking into nutrient deficiencies because I knew my iron was occasionally low (I would be denied when trying to donate blood because my hemoglobin finger prick test would be slightly low). I had read that low vitamin D could be a cause, so since it’s winter I started taking that along with a few other supplements that I had read might help (magnesium and vitamin K2, B complex, amino acids) in addition to my regular multi (which contains 1mg of copper, btw!). After almost 2 months I still was not feeling any better, and last week while on my very heavy period (which has been the new normal) I started to wonder if my IUD could be the cause. Even briefly reading about the possibility that it could be linked to anxiety caused me to immediately schedule with my OB/GYN to have it removed. It’s been 5 days since removal and while I’m still not 100%, I already feel better. I managed to make it through a work meeting yesterday with out the normal feelings of spaciness and feeling like I needed to bolt from the room due to a mild panic attack. Sadly this means I am not on any birth control because I refuse to use hormonal methods, so hopefully I can continue to avoid pregnancy, but frankly my mental health and well-being is more important.

  62. I am 49 yo. and have had my second Paragard IUD in for 14 yrs. First one was in for 3 yrs. I have 2 children. I have not had any side effects from it that I knew of, but now I’m getting suspicious. I developed an undiagnosed skin disorder starting about 7 yrs ago, and worsening in the last 4 yrs. I develop what the Dermatologist calls ‘Prurigo Nodularis’ – red spots, lesions with skin overgrowth & scarring; all over my arms and lower legs- especially where there is ANY trauma to the skin (bug bite, irritation, dryness, abrasion) Which basically means they don’t know what it is. It responds well to steroid ointments and shots, so it IS INFLAMMATORY. I have been skin tested (Patch Test) for allergies and it was only positive for dimethyl fumarate. I am negative for allergy to nickel and all other allergens. Copper was not tested.
    I also have Lichens Sclerosis of the Vulva – Diagnosed 7 yrs ago. So, I am beginning to wonder if all this could be from the IUD.
    I do have many of the other symptoms you listed: fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, depression; but there ARE other explanations for those:
    I have been diagnosed with Dysthymic Depression since 18 yo. I was and still am ADD, but symptoms HAVE worsened in the last 4 years. I am overweight and pre-diabetic; so I know that a lot of my fatigue and achiness is r/t to elevated blood sugar levels and inflammation r/t weight.

    Of course, none of my doctors know anything about copper toxicity or a link to the IUD. How would I go about getting tested for copper toxicity??

  63. I had my copperT IUD inserted in 2012 and for the past yrs had no problems I started feeling funny in 2017 had the following symptoms throbbing headaches, dizziness, brain fog,peripheral neuropathy,suicidal thoughts ,fatigue,backache, depression, anxiety ,palpitations ,hypertension, hyperglycemia and I visited different doctors and they refered me to psychiatric evaluation. Thanks to this article I then researched it for my self and found out that it was copper, I then removed it in January 2018.So my main worry is that of this dizziness, peripheral neuropathy of legs and hands,so want to ask how long can this be correct in my system so test were done every thing is normal which supplements shld I take to correct this. Em not on family planning at the moment help me thank you.

  64. I got my copper iud 15 days ago. After about 5 days I went completely dizzy and passed out, then I started having palpitations and constant dizziness. I went to the hospital 3 times and they did loads of blood tests ecgs the lot and couldn’t find anything wrong. I decided to do my own research and came across loads of these posts about the copper iud. I rang my Dr told her the symptoms and she agreed to take it out that day (4 days ago) I’ve noticed a definite difference though I still feel run down and a bit ill. The heart palpitations are still there but not as strong or regular as before. The Dr tried to tell me it was just anxiety it’s like they don’t want to admit what it can do.

  65. Wow. I am blown away by the number of women who have experienced so many similar side effects of the copper IUD. I’m 32 years old and had mine inserted in February 2017. I was in a new relationship and while it was such a game changer (coming from someone who cannot stand condoms), I went through 9 months of hell. I felt crazy for no reason, always anxious, heart palpitations, always tired, lost my appetite, hair loss increased, picked fights with my significant other and probably everyone else in my life…for no reason. Def moody. While my period didn’t become crazy heavy, I experienced painful cramping for the first time in my life – and it starts a week before my period. I now spot in between periods – randomly. The worst part is…I knew/could feel my craziness but could not explain it or do anything about it. The worst. Until I hit the online boards and forums and realized, lo and behold, MANY women have experienced the exact same thing. I was so tempted to get it out but then I discovered zinc capsules – once I realized the connection between copper and zinc. They were an overnight game changer. Instantly, I felt my moods change and felt less crazy. That was a few months ago. To be perfectly honest, the zinc definitely helped but I never felt back like my old self…not entirely at least. I think I feel an itch of constant anxiety and have simply learned to suppress/quiet it. Also, I have daily allergies, which I last experienced prior to having my mercury fillings removed.

    My mom has been after my case to get the IUD removed, and well, I stumbled across this article and allll of these comments. Cue: I’ve made an appointment to have it removed. I am sad but also, so damn relieved. I am no longer in a relationship – a recent occurrence and a decision I made – and although my partner was so wonderful, I really think the IUD-caused anxiety stressed me out more than necessary, which definitely impacted my perception of the relationship. To those considering getting a Paragard – everyone has a diff experience. Some women love it / don’t experience side effects. Just be aware of the potential side effects so you can spot them if/when they do happen, and know you can do something about it. My heart goes out to everyone who has had an adverse reaction, and my sincere thanks to all of you for inspiring me (once and for all!) to get mine removed. Will post an update post the removal (mid next-month).

  66. Hi All!

    I had my copper IUD for about 5 years. I got it removed about 2 months ago. The last 3 to 4 weeks I have been all over the place, moody, crying a lot, tired, restless, not sleeping very well. My husband and I are still using protection right now, and I’ve taken two negative pregnancy tests. Do you think the copper could still be affecting me somehow? Like withdrawals or something?

    Has anyone else been affected like this?

  67. Oh my God! I had my IUD inserted right 6 months after I had my 2nd child. I never had any issues with my IUD until after two years. I have been suffering from migraines this past few months and lock jaws. I also have pain on the right side of my neck. I had seen my my primary care provider and some doctors when pcp is not around but all of them started that nothing is wrong with me. All my blood tests are normal except for the fact that my calcium level is low which is not normal for me at all. Prior to my IUD insertion, I was a perfectly healthy with no history of any serious condition. The symptoms like severe migraines, joint pains, cramping of legs, tingling of muscles weren’t there before the iUD. But now I have been experiencing them periodically and I have been losing sleep. And some of you mentioned that eating too much vegetables doesn’t help which makes me feel like it is worsening my symptoms. I have been skinny all my life even after two kids but recently I have been noticing weight gain like 5 pounds in a month. Also, my periods were heavier (that’s given) but the past few months, o have been experiencing a much heavier flow because I have to layer some panty liners behind my butt area to prevent leaking. The thick sanitary pads that I usually use doesn’t cut it anymore overnight. I am also experiencing highs and lows emotionally and it’s making me so sensitive about small things which is so odd because I wasn’t the type of person who would make a big deal out of small or pretty issues. Sometimes I feel the need to cry just because I feel like it. But what’s bothering me now is the pain on my neck, severe migraines, tingling muscles and joint pains. My jaws are also painful to the point where I slurred when I talk because I couldn’t open my mouth really well to speak. Its frustrating because two doctors who’s seen me from the same medical group diagnosed me with different diagnosis. The first one was TMJ and the other one was tension muscle headache. But the funny part is they both prescribed me pain killers which only work so much.

    Reading this article makes me recommend side the IUD. I think I’m gonna have to train my husband use a condom again. I also noticed that it’s a bit uncomfortable to do sex lately so I’m gonna have it check.

    Thanks for the article. I really appreciate the effort you put into it.

  68. 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with thrombosis in my arm, so the copper spiral was my only option (doc said). I can’t take any hormonal contraception bc that caused the thrombosis after all. I have the copper IUD called T-safe in my country for 6 months. The insertion was extremely painful and I ended up bleeding for a whole month. GP said it was normal bc my hody had to get used to it. Alright so I held on and persevered. Since then every period is hell! My period lasts for 7-9 days straight with really heavy pains in the first 3 days. Then it fades like my period is almost over and suddenly I start bleeding again, like a new period that’s starting. Also having overusual vaginal discharge and a smell at times. My mood is changed (PMS), I barely have libido and I’m 24, no kids, just married. I’m gonna get this thing out but I have no idea what other non-hormonal contraception exists besides condoms.

  69. I am so glad that I read this. I got the copper iud in october, and started having extreme anxiety. For the past month I have also started having brain fog, at least once a day and have been very worried about the cause. I am going to have my copper iud removed

  70. I am having all these issues. My hormones seem to be all over the place and I’ve been super irritable, and down. My skin is totally different, I have acne, and my scalp is so dry and itchy. I’ve been so fatigued and lethargic. I feel awful because I’ve had no patience with my kids or husband. I’m six months postpartum with my second child, and it has been awful. And on top of it, I’ve been having hot flashes, and on days two and three of my period I’m bleeding excessively. I’m going to take the iud out but I will need to go on the pill. Any suggestions??

  71. I had the IUD inserted 6 months ago I starting getting symptoms the same day. I can deal with the PMS, leg cramps, and heavy bleeding. What I cant deal with is the thing I started experiencing 3 months into having it. It took me a while to figure out what it could be none of the symptoms are related. Taking a couple scares make me do some research. I was very active working out everyday sometimes 2 times a day. Now i can barely make it through a day of wok. It hasn’t been safe for me to go place by myself I have been very faint lately. Not feeling safe to even take my children without another adults. I feel as if something major is wrong with me. I stay dizzy tired and nausea all the time. Sometimes shortness of breath, feeling shaky, panic attacks, brain fog and heart palpitations. Its a very scary feeling. I use to be the one who could say “Not me” but not in this case. This has affected my everyday life I WANT IT OUT!!!

  72. I found this article because of how much pain I am. I have been in severe pain 10/10 since it was inserted. They told me it would be bad for a while but it should go away, and if it doesnt, to come back. I just always figured eventually it would go away. It has been 10 months. Once-twice a month i have random unexpected 10/10 pain where i can barly walk let alone move. breathing becomes difficult because im trying so hard to swallow the amount of pain i am and not scream or cry. My leg suddenly goes week and i begin limping.

    i noticed i have been blurry and extremely tired this year too, but because i have endured other traumas and trial this year i.e. PTSD, involved in a trial, starting a business, abandoned by family, only support system moves out of state, etc… i figured it was from all of these things. and maybe all of these things are just making the IUD process worse. I dont know. all i know for sure is that i am in pain and i cant handle it anymore 🙁

  73. I got off birth control a year ago, for many reasons we all know about. So, I almost considered the copper iud until I read this article… what would be your suggestion for healthy contraception ? I just had an abortion, and it was terrible. I don’t want to go through it again. Is our only options abstinence and condom???

  74. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and never connected it to the IUD. After finding an article on the internet about IUD side effects, I had it removed. I instantly started To feel better, that day. It’s been 3 months and every day I feel better and better. I’m not 100%, but I’m 100% sure the IUD caused 4 years of misery and suffering.

  75. I am writing my concern as I have spent theworst months of my life lately. So I am a mom to two kids. I have inserted an IUD twice in my life. after the first and second birth. The second one I had it for 1 year and a half now. Since last six months i have experienced severe anger crisis for stupid things. I would shout at my daughter for very simple things. I have also experienced many memory loss problems . I lost my wallet my keys my credit card. I have a problem focusing at the things I am doing. my period lasts 10 days so I have my period twice a month, i also had several yeast infections and itching….
    now i have my period ,, I can t woit for it to end so that I can remove it.

  76. I’m a healthy 42y,with no health problems and normal happy life. I got my copper IUD a month ago and got severe allergy reaction on my lips,I also feel very tired and depressed all the time,falling asleep at work at my desk,no appetite and chest pain. I just recently remembered that i did have an allergy to a metal jewelry before,and wondering if my symptoms could be IUD related. Nothings sims to help with my allergy reaction on my lips,just non stop redness etching and swelling.

  77. I’m day 3 in the hospital due to an infection from my paragard, I had it removed 2 hours a go and just had an ultrasound to see if the copper coil is lost in my uterus or if my body absorbed it. I am scared for the results…..

  78. I have been researching a lot about the copper IUD and copper toxicity. Doctors have tried to convince me that the Paragard could not possibly cause the side effects I was experiencing, since it doesn’t release hormones. So, I started searching Google, and found some articles about copper toxicity. Wouldn’t you know it, copper toxicity causes a lot of the same problems that hormone imbalances cause.

    I got my first IUD – the Mirena – placed after my fifth child was born in 2008, when I was 25. I had it for a few years when I suddenly noticed the string was a lot shorter, so I went to a doctor and sure enough, if I had waited much longer to get it checked I probably would have had to have surgery to get it removed.

    After my sixth child was born in 2013, I decided to go with the Mirena again. This time, I had it removed within the first few months because I kept having migraines and mood swings.

    A couple of years later, I was in a relationship with a man who was not sure he wanted children, so I decided to get the Paragard. Can’t go wrong with non-hormonal birth control, right? Wrong! At first, I bled often between periods and my periods were so heavy, I ended up in the ER a few times because I thought I was experiencing a miscarriage or ruptured tubes from an ectopic pregnancy. Pregnancy tests indicated that I was not pregnant and therefore was not experiencing a miscarriage or ruptured tubes, but I did have an ovarian cyst, which I had never had before.

    Throughout the next two years, my periods had been becoming more and more irregular, and mood swings kept becoming more and more intense and frequent. I experienced other symptoms as well: migraines, fatigue and narcolepsy, bloating, difficulty losing weight, painful intercourse, vertigo, night sweats, increase in my fibromyalgia symptoms, intense depression with increase in suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, urinary incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections and yeast infections. Also, I was diagnosed with Gardnerella for the first time ever.

    Due to these symptoms, and the research I had been doing on the copper IUD and copper toxicity, I contacted another doctor. I was informed that I would need to pay out of pocket to have it removed, since I had been on Medicaid when I had it placed and would have had to have it removed at the same clinic where I’d had it implanted. Made no sense to me, but whatever. Somehow, they ended up refusing to see me, anyway, but no matter; a few weeks later, as I was checking to make sure it was still intact, it fell out right in my hand. There was no corrosion or damage to the IUD. And I’ll tell you – as soon as that IUD came out, my migraine went away, my mood immediately improved, and I felt an increase in energy.

    At my last pap exam, I was diagnosed with Gardnerella once again, as well as HPV along with a finding of ASCUS. I had never been told before that I had HPV or abnormal cervical cells, and I hadn’t had sexual relations with anyone new since the previous pap exam, and I have been in a monogamous relationship.

    I still have abnormal periods, and at my last appointment with my ob/gyn, my hormone levels were normal and all my blood work came back normal. The only issue right now is the ovarian cyst and abnormal cervical cells. I will be getting an ultrasound to check out the ovarian cysts later this week, and my doctor wants to do a colposcopy and biopsy to make sure those abnormal cells aren’t precancerous.

    In the meantime, I’ve been taking vitamins and iron supplements, as well as zinc in hopes of balancing out my copper levels, and that seems to help a lot.

  79. I have made an appointment on thursday to remove my copper coil because i have been so depressed and angry (im such a happy cheerful person normally) my cramps are strong AFTER period and my period is super heavy and sore and lasts 8 days! I cannot WAIT to get this thing out! Im mad at myself for trusting the doctor so much i didnt do my own research … GREAT ARTICLE thankyou!!!

  80. Hi! My name is Ashley. I had gotten the Paragard shortly after I had my daughter about 8 years ago. A month after having it I had extreme back pain. My mom told me it was probably the Paragard causing that. I did not listen to her right away. Then about three months later I started severely vomiting one night and blamed it on some food I ate. My daughter (since she was a baby) woke up early in the morning. I got out of bed and fell to the floor. I was extremely dizzy and wanted to vomit. I had to crawl to her crib to get her and pulled myself up to get her out of her crib. Then I carefully crawled with her in my one arm. I called my mom crying hysterically and I didn’t make any sense to her. My grandparents then came over and I could barely talk to them to explain what was wrong. Then my mom came over and was trying to see what was wrong with me but I could not find the words to explain to her what was wrong. She helped me walk to the car which I could barely get my legs to move. She took me to ER and they had to put me in a wheelchair. I couldn’t explain myself to the people that were questioning me as to why I was being seen for. I don’t remember exactly what was all done that day but I remember seeing a neurologist for the dizziness and vomiting and then sent me home. I was in bed for exactly 7 days. I could not eat, sleep, or take care of my kids. I literally thought I was on my death bed and that this was it. Whenever I would get up I fell and vomited. My mom and husband were getting really worried and brought me to ER again and demanded some testing. They did do an X-ray. I vomited so much before it and so lethargic. The Radiology Technician was so worried about me. Then my mom demanded that I be seen by my OB doctor that day. They got me in. When I saw him and his nurse they couldn’t believe the way I looked and that I was in a wheelchair. I could barely communicate to him but my mom and I demanded that he take the IUD out. He of course was pretty sure it was not causing my problems, but he took it out. I went back home and slept all day and night. I woke up the following morning and could not believe the big difference in how I felt. No dizziness, no vomiting, no lethargy. I could walk and communicate. I could hold my child. I still felt a little weak from not eating. The same day went to my follow up appointment with my OB and he could not believe the total night and day difference in me. I didn’t have a wheelchair and I was able to communicate. IT was the Paragard that caused it. I don’t think I would be here if it was not for my mom demanding it to be removed when the doctor said it probably was not the culprit. God bless!!

  81. I had the paraguard IUD in for about 8 months. A month after i got it i started gaining weight constantly. Before i knew it i had gain 35lbs in 8 months. More weight than i had gain when i was pregnant, more weight than i had gained in my entire life. I also started having a problem moving bowels, i would only go about once a week, never had that problem either. My skin broke out really bad on my shoulders and my back, never had that problem either. My periods were horrible. I have always had a 3 day menstrual cycle no heavy bleeding no cramps. After getting the paraguard my periods were horrible. Bad cramps, had to change my pad every 30 mins, bled through everything i wore, i was afraid to leave out of the house. Its been about 3 months since i had the IUD removed. My periods are back to normal. My bowels are not. I have not gained any weight and just started losing some. My skin also just cleared up. I think the copper is slowly leaving my system. But there is no telling what damage it has already done! Do not believe doctors when they say that is non hormonal, everybody body is different and not everybody will experience the same effects. My body could not tolerate this birthcontrol.

  82. Thank you so much for your article. I have been wondering for 5-6 years what is wrong with me. I am constantly moody, always yelling at my kids, rude to my in-laws even if they say hi and always always tired. I sit down and instantly fall asleep no matter how much sleep I have had. I have been searching the internet randomly for a long time, but never thought to think the ParaGard IUD was the problem. I suspected it a year ago and mentioned it to my husband. He told me that this one wasn’t made from hormones and what I was thinking wouldn’t make sense. Thank you so much! I’m going to schedule an appointment to get mine removed as soon as possible. I really hope it helps me to feel better. I haven’t felt like myself for years.

  83. I could notice a change in me about a week after it was put in. It was like a fog or dark cloud settled in. Anger was at the forefront of my emotions, followed by bouts of severe sadness. I was up and down even when I wasn’t PMSing. After that, I started feeling tight and aching joints in my feet, knees, and legs, which I’ve never experienced before. I’m 35 years old but have been feeling like an 80 year old with these aches and pains. I noticed a huge amount of hair loss; like a shedding cat. Other things that were abnormal were my heart palpatations and anxiety. On top of that is the fatigue; just extreme lethargy to the point where doing laundry was the equivalent to running a marathon. I’m scheduled to have it removed next week. I truly hope all of these problems I’m having subside.

    1. I can definitely relate to being in your 30s and feeling 80! I have had everything everyone is describing, and it’s just been getting worse this last year. I’ve had the Paraguard in for about 3 years. After reading all of the comments on here, I called my obgyn and I have an appointment for next week. This thing is seriously ruining my life. No joke. It may not have hormones like the Mirena but that doesn’t mean it won’t affect a woman’s body with all the copper!! Also, I think our bodies just know something foreign is in us that isn’t meant to be there, grinding away at our cervical tissue with every movement and don’t know how to respond. I’d rather practice abstinence then feel as awful as I have been feeling for way too long. Everybody’s body is different in chemistry, so what can affect some people maybe won’t affect others as much or in the same way. That doesn’t make the person suffering suffer any less. It makes me angry that doctors and people argue that it can’t possibly be the IUD causing problems, but can’t figure out anything else either. I had the Mirena for months at first, and the hormones in it messed with me horribly, so I thought switching to copper the better choice. Never. Again. We don’t deserve to live in pain, ladies. Thank you for all the stories I read. You all gave me strength.

  84. I have been sick for almost a year now. having headaches, insomnia, hair falling out, muscles jerking, chest tightness etc. I`ve been to thousand of doctor and nobody knows whats wrong with me. till suddenly my boyfriend popped the question. maybe its the iud. i am on penicillin monthly because they think i had a episode of rheumatic fever which i think i dont have. but now that i have read your many comments, i solely think that i need to remove this iud and will do it as soon as possible. i did more than 4 echo cardiograms and they say my heart is ok, did stress test and 24 holter monitor. my life savings is gone towards health. reply soon

  85. I have been sick for almost a year now. having headaches, insomnia, hair falling out, muscles jerking, chest tightness etc. I`ve been to thousand of doctor and nobody knows whats wrong with me. till suddenly my boyfriend popped the question. maybe its the iud. i am on penicillin monthly because they think i had a episode of rheumatic fever which i think i dont have. but now that i have read your many comments, i solely think that i need to remove this iud and will do it as soon as possible. i did more than 4 echo cardiograms and they say my heart is ok, did stress test and 24 holter monitor. my life savings is gone towards health.

  86. I’m 57, had two ParaGards, both close to 10 years each. Insertions were uneventful. Periods before and after insertion were unchanged, about a week long and never really crampy. I also never tied the possibility of health issues over the years with the copper until today. Just had my one year anniversary of no periods and was going to have it removed this summer.

    We recently watched a program about how new medical devices come to market and some individuals after years of use develop reactions to them. That led to searches and to your site.

    Hair loss, yup…but I chalked that up to increased stressful times and a 7 year cycle. It doesn’t happen that often.
    Headaches…Absolutely, when I forget my morning coffee, otherwise, not many.
    Fatigue/lack of energy to do little things – This is a BIG one. Each year I do less than the last which has also increase my weight over the last 20 years. Doctor thinks it is due to lack of vit D which I am not consistent about taking.
    Anxiety – not so much unless I have to speak to a large group. Think that is normal.
    Brain Fog – Another big one! It is very hard sometimes to concentrate, I don’t read books for enjoyment anymore, am increasingly forgetful, miss appointments/deadlines sometimes.
    Insomnia – not really. If I take a nap after work then I have trouble falling asleep at night.
    Libido – Almost non existent. Would love for that to change. I tie that to increase weight.
    Years of strange nerve pain from time to time in different areas of my body – side thigh, between shoulder blades, hip, arm. It seems to be less often when I refrain from dairy products.

    After some you-tubing today, I self removed my IUD, with ease due to a very long string, had no discomfort. The copper was intact on both sides of the top T. However, the vertical main stem center was missing about a third to half the copper which is concerning. The plastic connection of one top T side was almost detached, and the other side was almost non flexible so I am lucky I had no complications.
    I am hopeful and excited to see if any ailments begin to resolve over the next few months or so.

  87. Thank you for posting this article. I had a copper IUD placed four years ago. After six weeks, I realized something was horribly wrong. Crippling anxiety – debilitating. Went to a therapist, was meditating, grasping at straws. Something clicked and I realized it was the IUD. My doctors thought I was crazy and tried to dismiss me. I insisted that it needed to go. I was fine within two weeks. Thank goodness I stood up for myself.

  88. This article has me wanting to do a lot more research. I have had a copper IUD in for about 7 years now. I have always had minor anxiety/depression which runs in my family but not until recently have I realized that my symptoms have gotten so much worse after my IUD insertion. I am also anemic and constantly fatigued but I’ve also thought that was a separate issue. I now am planning on presenting my GP with this information and seeing if they think there is any correlation and follow up tests they can perform. Unfortunately those are the unknown issues I’ve had with my IUD. The known issues include becoming pregnant with the IUD in place and having emergency surgery to save my life and remove my right ovary and fallopian tube. That was two years ago and to this day I still have complications from that procedure. I still have my IUD but now I am more worried than ever.

  89. Thank you so much for this info,I was almost convinced i was going nuts! I HAD MY copper coil removed over a year ago now after having it in for just under a year.never had I any symptoms with my periods besides a little aching,once in I found myself taking painkillers regularly to help the cramping in my groin,not to mention the dragging sensation as if i was early Labour!! My periods became heavier.My mood swings are beyond a joke and never have I suffered anxiety and paranoia like the week it’s due.i find myself eating the fridge before and the intense migraines I have at least once at the beginning and end of my cycle almost cripple me.for the majority of the month in fine,but these symptoms continue. The nurse did not explain any side affects to me,if i had been aware i never would have had it.i now have the mirena.any suggestions on supplements,mainly for the headaches would be great.!

  90. Aloha,
    Thank you for sharing all.
    I had my Cooper IUD for 27 days.
    Dr said my body rejected it.
    I had a lot of back pain and the bleeding took about 7 days.
    I am glad that it got removed and happy that I had it only for a short time in my body.

  91. Hello everyone. I have been having issues for years since getting my IUD. I have seen 4 different doctors about all my issues. They have ran multiple blood tests and found nothing. All they would do was give me meds or as I call bandaids for the issues. I never took them though. I am tired all the time, short tempered (down right mean), hair loss, zero libido, brain fog, can’t sleep, acne, panic attacks, fast heart, always running a slight temperature, heavy period (bad day I soak through a super plus tampon and a pad in an hour), and many many more. So excited to be having it removed today. Can’t wait to see if this is the cause to all my issues. I need help before I loose it.

  92. Hi all thank you for your comments it has really helped. I had my copper coil fitted about 8months ago and since then i have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, (wonder if it is connected to the coil? Would appricitae any answers/experience) i have had hair loss, mood swings, abdo pain, discharge and the list goes on. Reading this has oppened my eyes and i will be on the phone first thing tomorrow morn to my gp to get this taken OUT!

  93. I had a Copper IUD, The Mona Lisa insertion on March 7th, 2018… it was painful, but i have semi normal periods. I am a 28 day cycle, and usually last maximum of 5 to 7 days. Since the IUD I would start spotting from 1 to 2 weeks before my period and then continue to spot a few days after the period is done. The first two initial months, I noticed that every time I went for a walk or did a little too much strenuous activities, that I would start bleeding. It made me feel as if the copper IUD was not still and that it would be moving around. However, that lasted maybe 3 months. Now, I have noticed an extreme amount of hair loss. I had to clean my drain within a few weeks because the water wouldn’t drain. It could be up to things, my IUD or my change of shampoo. It is not stress because stress causes a different physical attribute in my body… It is definitely either of those. I think I am going to get this removed and just stay away from birth control. It took me years and years to finally get a birth control and this has not been a good experience. I am 26 years old and my hair loss has been so extreme in the past few months that one ponytail is now the thickness of two individual ponytails as in half the amount of hair I used to have. I have not dyed my hair in over a year so that’s definitely not the cause my hair is very luscious but have fallen so quickly due to whatever is going on… Does anybody else have this experience? Because I’m freaking out

  94. To add to my previous post… i have also noticed that I am constantly “wet”… not the thick liquids even though that still happens… but from time to time I would have literally just water running down my legs. I often thought I peed myself and would have to visit the washroom. I would be sitting and there would be spots on the chair or in my bed… no smell or colour though…

  95. I forgot to add another symptom to my previous post…cold hands and feet! Anyone else experience this as well? I am talking freezing cold, hurts to move and a blanket or warmth barely helps to make them not feel so cold.

  96. I am now 36 and I had received my copper IUD April 2016.(already having lupus it began to get worse) In March 2017 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, in July 2017 i was sent to a sleep study and diagnosed with Narcolepsy type 2, then I began having symptoms of slurring of speech, stuttering, loss of words, couldn’t form sentences, was off balance, and was admitted to the hospital for 3 days worth of MRI’s as they thought I was a new onset MS patient! Tests all came back negative. I continued to suffer an array of symptoms that baffled my doctors. They called me a good study case for the residents. Until a couple months ago, my dear Fiance told me that my eyes had started to change color. I had gold rings around my dark brown eyes. I googled and found copper toxicity. I took it out myself almost 2 months ago and HALF my symptoms are now GONE! The newest found symptom from the doctor is a heart murmur and a suggestion to see a cardiologist for an echocardiogram.

  97. Hi, I have been struggling with the side effects of having a copper IUD for the past two years. Though o experienced some anxiety with the Copper IUD, the reason I switched from hormonal birth control pills to the copper IUD, is I thought it wouldn’t affect my
    Hormones and emotions. I thought there were little to “no” side effects, and the doctor who inserted it in me assured me of this. Fast forward to one year later, besides having had heavier periods that began with horrible stabbing pain in my breasts up to a week before menstration and lasting the first few days of it, I began to have irregular muscles spasms. The first showed up in my chest and I ended up in the ER, after running all the tests, Including a CT scam of my heart, everything came back normal, all they could tell me was that I had a chest spasm. Well, about a month after this incident, I had a horrible neck spasm while taking a shower and couldn’t move my neck. I went to a chiropractor, but instead of helping, I starting numbness in my hands and face and tingling followed by severe lower back pain. The nerve pain and tingling got so bad, I couldn’t sleep at night, I couldn’t sit down, I couldn’t bath my children anymore, the nerve pain down my spine and all over my
    Body was unbearable. As someone who’s worked out all her life, I was so inflamed, a simple yoga stretch felt like I was ripping my muscles apart. After multiple doctor visits, including seeing a neurologist and three orthopedic specialist, no one could explain why my body was so inflamed. My MRI showed minor disc in my neck and lower back, but they said most people my age would have a similar looking spine, no extreme deterioration or sign of arthritis. I had done physical therapy for three months and was just getting worse, no one could give me any answers and all they told me is that I had “chronic radiculopathy” why? No one could explain, “some people just have chronic pain they said” About 5 months after my extreme pain began, a chiropractor who practices NUCCA, told me about a physical therapist who practices manual therapy(kind of like accupuncture with the hands) That started helping, but my spine was still very inflamed and tight(no movement at all from top to bottom) I went on anti-inflammation diet and that starting helping, but about ten days before every period my pain and inflammation would spike. Finally, i’m At my Pyhsical therapist office, describing the shooting pains I had in my hands, legs and feet, in addition to the spine thing, and he says “it sounds like you have metal toxicity” then as he’s doing his body scan (puts his hands near, but not on my body) he says “i’m Picking up on a lot of inflammation in your uterus” At that moment a light bulb went off in my head. About 2 months into my ordeal I noticed a strange growth on my vaginal lip. The doctors did not know what it was and after performing a biopsy they told me it was “lichen sclerosis” a very rare form of excezema. I told them that I had been having nerve pain and tingling in the area before the growth appeared. They said it was just an “autoimmune” but had no answers as to what triggered it. So, months later as my physical therapist is telling me he senses I have metal overload and inflammation in my uterus, I realized “it’s the copper IUD!” I told him I had one in, and his face dropped, he told me he was not a fan. I decided to take copper IUD out, at this pint I had it in for almost 2 years. The minute I took it out that intense burning in my lower back went away. I started having more flexibility in my muscles. I knew/know the copper IUD is what was triggering my muscle and nerve pain. Since finding out, I have been able to do Pilates, sleep better, sit for longer periods of time , bathe my children, drive without crying. However, I still have pain, and its taken a year and half of manual therapy/accupuncture, complete diet change (no gluten, dairy, refined sugar, red meat, eggs, soy) and detox smoothies to start healing. In addition I take a lot of supplements. All of this is slowly healing me, but it has not been easy. This all started soon after I turned 34 and I just turned 36. I have three girls who had to watch their mother suffer for months because of this stupid IUD that doctors know very little about. I know I am lucky because i am much better than I was, and was able, with the help of an amazing physical therapist to figure out source of my pain, but copper toxicity is no joke, takes a long tome to get out. I highly recommend “medical medium’s “heavy metal detox smoothie, for anyone wanting to rid body of metal. Warning, it’s intense so start off drinking small amounts. Hope my story is able to help others…

  98. I have had the Paraguard in for about three years, after having the Mirena and experiencing awful side effects, so I thought the copper would be the way to go. In the last year, esp, I have been having every issue you ladies have mentioned. Chronically fatigued and exhausted, weak, brain fog, worse depression and anxiety, anger, body aches all over like a hot dull constant ache in joints and muscles, horrible cramping, digestion issues, lack of motivation or desire, no sex drive or stamina, horrible bloating,swelling,water retention, edema, more weight gain than when i was pregnant, constant low grade fever and sweating, dizziness and vertigo, cramping throughout the entire month, almost every day on and off. ETC. Doctor couldn’t figure out what’s wrong with me, told me I was healthy as a horse, was probably just my vaginal infection I had and medication should clear all that up. Nope. Just got worse and worse. After reading all of these comments I found the strength to get on the phone and finally called my obgyn to get it removed next week. I’m sick of living in this painful constant hell. Feeling like I’m going crazy, wondering what is wrong with me, worrying maybe I’m just being a hypochondriac and downplaying my misery. I can’t even imagine having energy to do day to day tasks, or how other normal people feel or find the energy. I feel poisoned. I hope after getting it removed things will start to get better, and I can believe in hope again.None of us deserves to feel like this. Thank you, all of you ladies, for taking the time to share your stories so we all don’t feel so crazy or swept under the rug. And thank you Sam, for writing an amazing article we all needed to read.

  99. Thank you so, so much for this post. I had Mirena inserted first and hated it (historically I have never done well with any kind of BC), and then thought Paragard would work out better. It was fine for a while, but then everything that you ladies have mentioned in the comments is exactly how I feel.

    I have had a few really terrible years in different word environments, so the doctors thought I was depressed and anxious or had PTSD, gave me medication, and I received counseling. Every doctor I have seen has said that my issues are “all in my head” and that I just needed to relax and sex would be fine and wouldn’t hurt anymore. They said my nonexistent sex drive couldn’t have anything to do with the IUD or the copper since it does not have hormones.

    Thank you for this post, I am literally in tears right now because I have finally found others who validate these awful feelings I have been having and have convinced me to get this wretched thing removed. Thank you, thank you!

  100. I have the cooper iud. i have been bleeding for 2 months now and have pains alot of the time. gonna get it taken out and hopefully be able to feel like myself again! thanks for posting this ive learned alot that i didnt know! only got this because it was non hormonal so wouldnt make me gain weight or anything like that but didnt think that there could be other horrible side effects.

  101. Thank you for your article.
    I am so glad for the internet. Without it, I would probably end up on antidepressants.

    I opted for copper IUD as I was told it is the best options as it is non-hormonal. Being on pills for 15 years I have enough side effects. Or I thought. So I got paraguard.

    If I knew that I would turn into invalid plagued with so many health issues I would rather keep my pills.
    The problems started about 6 months after insertion with insomnia and severe panic attacks during sleep. Then bacterial infections. Then heavier and heavier bleeding. With time it got worse.

    I was on iron, magnesium then zinc then ginseng as I was soooo tired, moody, unable to focus, irritable, lethargic. No matter what I took it was the same every day.

    The doctors did not help just offered to remove it and suggested pills or a vasectomy for my husband. Neither was acceptable.

    I researched countless articles and posts and came to a conclusion that I must be either copper toxic or allergic.
    I never got tested for copper allergy as I never experience any problem.
    It has been two years and for the past year and a half, I spend every day pondering what other supplements to take to keep me alive and sane.

    What puzzles me more is the fact that Paraguard is a device with a very long history. How come doctors are not aware of these problems so many women experience it is not clear to me.

    I will have my copper IUD removed next week as it is the only options. Then I decide what next.

    I might opt for Mirena or its other versions. Did anyone switch IUD?
    Thanks for reading

  102. Very relieved to have found this article and all the comments from women who had a copper iud. So much of what I found was only the few months following insertion. I had the ParaGard put in three years ago but I didn’t start having problem until the past 6-8mo. I just called my doctor to schedule removal. For a while I just thought it was me but I knew in gut that something was causing me all this trouble. At this point I only have a few days each month where Im not heavily bleeding or feeling insane. My mind goes from racing to completely blank and forgetful all the time. I’m so irritable that I don’t even want to be around myself. Last night I crawled into bed like a zombie at 9pm. My husband told me I needed to call my doctor and get checked out as soon as possible because he knows this is not me. It’s terrible to read all these stories but I’m very appreciative to those that shared their own so others could know they’re not alone. So many people do love their iud and have no issue. That was me the first two years but something definitely changed and my body/mind is not the same. I cannot wait to get this removed and give myself a chance to heal and restore.

  103. This is crazy! Very glad I found this article and the feedback… I had my IUD put in after giving birth and have been on a roller coaster since. Having it removed tomorrow and will give detailed feedback. Thank you !!!! Can’t thank you enough for all of this very useful information.

  104. I inserted a copper IUD almost 2 years ago. Before insertion I only had 1 yeast infection. Since insertion I have had so many yeast infections I’ve lost count. I’ve had bacterial vaginosis, and now my latest raging yeast infection is back with a vengeance. My first IUD expelled. That should have been the end of my journey. Although, I loved the convenience of not having to take the pill every day. Since I’ve had this IUD I’ve spent more time in the gyno office than I have at work. Constant yeast infections and vaginal irritation. All test results for sti’s Came back negative. I also have been moody as ever since I got it. My PMS has gotten horrible as well. My cravings before my cycle are awful, I’m moody and overly emotional and just angry. After reading this post. I think it’s time to break up with my IUD. I will be having it removed as soon as possible! My sister also had problems with her regular Mirena IUD – constant yeast infections and BV once she removed hers all the issues stopped.

  105. After struggling with birth control pills and also having had breast cancer my OB and I decided to give Paragard, copper IUD, a try.
    I had been moody since taking birth control, which was a problem for me when I was younger and didn’t take during my 17 year marriage. I attributed the moodiness to the pill.
    The first month or two with the IUD I had multiple yeast and UTI infections.
    I continued to feel low and depressed, over the course of a year I became more and more depressed, suffered panic attacks.
    I have had over $7k kn blood work and ultra sounds done thinking I had something wrong with my auto immune, thyroid, and a host of other worries. All came back fun, except for low adrenal function.
    I also suffered a terrible, debilitating brain fog and chronic fatigue.
    It never occurred to me that the copper could be an issue until I stumbled across these symptoms associated with the IUD.
    I had it removed two months ago. I am clear headed for the first time in a year!! I have tons going on with 3 children, twins beginning college and an 11 year old on the Autism spectrum and custody battles. I used to be stronger but have had the worst time coping.
    I am finding that I am reacting to situations more calmly and reasonably, that I am not crying and anxious all the time.
    I think the culprit was a tiny little Copper Ninja.
    Of course, my OB thinks I’m nuts, but I feel so much better and finally see my old happy self returning!

  106. I’m so glad I have read this article and everyone else’s experiences. I have had the iud inserted for approximately 2 years now. I get a period of 12-13 days average, I always feel fatigued and dizzy. I train and have trained before the iud however after I got the iud in I started to get severe back pain which I thought was from training I also get moments where I become hot and my heart starts to race! I have been to my gp for all these symptoms on seperate occasions, I have never even considered the iud to be the culprit of this! I’ve been through so much I gone through depression and was put on medication for this! I don’t understand why doctors don’t tell us these things!
    Thank you for sharing all this information!

  107. Thank you this article describes my symptoms to a “T” I’ve had my copper IUD in for about 7 years. I remember having it put in 6 months post partum from my third pregnancy and my doctor saying “this is the Cadillac of birthcontrol. You don’t have to worry about a thing and no side effects”. My periods are heavier, longer (about 10 days), more painful and PMS symptoms are severe from mood swings, irritability, insomnia. I plan to have it removed in the next couple of weeks. One of my sisters had one as well and experienced similar side effects so I think there could be the genetic factor for us.
    Can you recommend other non-hormone forms of birth control?

  108. Could it be that the copper material used by Paragard is inferior to that of other IUD manufacturers in the world?

    I help run an IUD group in Brazil with over 45k members and none of these symptoms have ever been reported by users over here. I am an user myself, and I’ve had mine for over two years without any of these symptoms. Our manufacturer is not Paragard or Duramed Pharmaceuticals.

  109. I had my copper IUD for 5 months. After 2 month I started to deteriorate (massive brainfog, emotinal unstable..depressed). After having the IUD for 5 month I even started to to have sucidal thoughts.
    Then I decided to get my IUD removed (mainly because of the pain and the heavy preriods) and then a miracle happend: I got all better! Almost immediately after the removal my mood improved and I became much more stable. I felt like myself again!
    So I started to research how this could be the case, thats how I learned about copper toxicity and the connection to the IUD (I am also a vegan, which seems to increase the risk of getting to much copper).

    I wish there were more information out there, thats why I wanted to share my experience.

  110. Holy smokes! I’ve just been researching so much and am so glad I came across this article!
    I got the copper iud inserted about 4 months ago. Since then I’ve had so many problems! I didn’t know what it was from and just recently got a full panel blood work done which came back normal. It was very discouraging but this just made my day! I don’t know why I didn’t clue in that it would have been the iud.
    I’ve had two kids (3 and 6) and don’t want to have any more at the moment so decided on this route. Since getting it inserted I’ve lost about half of my hair which is devastating! I feel nauseous daily, headaches, terrible brain fog, dizziness, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations etc. The list goes on! I have an appointment with my doctor in a week and will definitely be talking about this with him!
    Can I ask what you ladies started doing for birth control after getting it removed? I’m really not wanting a hormonal birth control but if it’s the only option I may have to suck it up.

  111. Not usually one to post on these things, but I’ve been having too many aligning issues to not say something! I got the copper IUD 3 years ago in 2015- I’m 24 now. I’ve been researching extended periods (lasting at least 8-9 days each time, this past time was 2 full weeks) along with cramping when leaning forward (the past 3 days- ANY time I lean forward). Also, I swear the ache on my side is where my ovaries are! Last night I started vomiting unexpectedly with no fever, but I’ve had an intense headache the past 12 hours or so… it sounds unrelated, but I swear the pains I’m having in my abdomen and on my right side have something to do with it. Earlier this year, I went to the doctor because I keep mixing up my words, like my sentences don’t make any sense, and I was having tingling sensations& muscle twitches. I had to have an MRI on my brain! What in the world, that was expensive and scary. Also the results were completely normal and they didn’t follow up with any other suggestions to solve my issues other than seeing a therapist. So, now I see a therapist, who has told me I might have a mood disorder because sometimes when I laugh or cry I can’t stop no matter how hard I try. This year I also had my first UTI. Gosh this last point seems small, but I also haven’t been able to stay up late with my boyfriend since I can remember- I am always way more tired than him, and our routine includes an evening documentary just so I can be asleep by 9p while he stays up later… it seems so normal to me now, but maybe this is all in relation to the copper thing inside? Instead of writing on this forum I should probably schedule my annual appointment, even though all they’ve checked in the past was whether the string was still there for the IUD. Do I need to request a copper test or have them do an X ray? I feel like a major dummy not having looked into this more given how many symptoms I’ve developed over the years!

  112. Hi there! I currently have the paragard (im actually having it removed today) . The onky common symptoms im having like everyone else is fatigue. But other symptoms are RA like symptoms (ive been tested for it and it has come back negative) my joints hurt my arms burn. My chin has broken out bad with acne. Im also having brain fog, hard to concentrate while reading or focus on every task like cleaning and being organized. Im hoping having this removed will solve my problems. Its the only thing that is new that i can think of that would be causing such issues!

  113. Hi there, I have had a copper IUD for quite some time, although, had it changed not so long ago for the 10 year one. Is it possible that I could be suffering now compared to before when I had the 5 year one?? Just a though as a year ago I started suffering really badly with anger and rage before and during menstruation. I don’t know if this is possible but worth questioning

  114. I’m 29, 120lb F. I’ve had my copper IUD for 9 months and have yet to overcome the severe pain. I’ve also had a bizarre increase in infections yeast and BV.

    After insertion I had an ovarian cyst reoccur and rupture 3 times leaving my hurled over and unable to sit/stand/function.

    The worst part is the daily pain. Everytime I have a bowel movement (1-2x/day) I feel extreme pain right where the IUD is. When my bowels aren’t moving, the pain is still there but more dull and achy radiating down my legs. I know this means some of my nerves are being compromised.

    I used to LOVE yoga and working out. But since I got the copper IUD, it feels like my body can’t recover from even mild exertion. I was practicing high intensity 1 hour yoga sessions 3-4 times per week, now I can’t even handle a low intensity 30 min restorative yoga without feeling like I need to sleep for a week to recuperate.

    Lethargy and malaise have certainly significantly increased as well. I’ve had depression and anxiety before the IUD, but nothing like the outbursts of complete anger and rage I’ve experienced lately.

    Heart palpitation and chest pain have also developed over the past 9 months and def. noticed some thinning spots of hair on my head. Hard not to notice when I have hair down to my lumbar.

    Oh, and my period…. yea, it still isn’t normal or predictable. It’s incredibly painful and frighteningly heavy bleeding for 2 of the 6 days. (Literally soaking through a heavy tampon in less than an hour).

    I have an appointment in 3 days with my Ob/Gyn. I want this thing out of my body. The daily pain is just not worth it.

  115. Hi Samantha,

    This article has been a godsend!!! I got my IUD a little over a year ago and have had SEVEN yeast infections since. I’ve been experiencing brain fog, higher anxiety and much more. I always wondered what was going on and tried so many natural remedies to cure my chronic yeast infections (currently on a candida overgrowth diet protocol now!). After reading this article today, I’ve called my doctor and I’m getting it out this Thursday. Thank you so much for all you do! I’m also getting my copper and zinc levels tested. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH. Any suggestions for other birth control methods?

  116. Hello Ladies,

    I have had my Copper IUD in since 10/2012 and i am already in the works of getting it remove and giving my body a rest, I am currently in the process of having an ultrasound to locate the strings. I feel tired all the time, bloated, and have been experiencing discharge i believe are related to the IUD. I am exited to have it remove to see if what I am feeling subsides but nervous as well because non- hormonal / non inserts are pretty limited and i need some form of BC.

    Best of luck to Everyone! 🙂

    1. Hi Mimi!

      How are you doing since removal? I’ve had mine in since 2013 and lately I just feel that a lot of the things that have been bothering me (bloating, spotting type discharge in between periods, lower abdominal pain that comes and goes, and fatigue) are linked to the Paraguard. It’s funny because even before I began researching my symptoms I had a feeling that my IUD is the culprit. I’m sorry that so many women are facing these issues but I am also feeling relieved that I am not the only one dealing with this.

  117. Hi there, I could really do with some advice. I’ve suffered with migraines for 7 or so years now. They had such a huge impact on my life and my career because the migraines controlled me. I went through so many tests and ended up taking myself to see a private neurologist who explained that my migraines are hormonal – my body overdoes on oestrogen and therefore I cannot take contraceptive pills – I have tried every one including the mini pill, all of which caused migraines. My doctor would contstantly prescribe me new pills to take and at the age of 23 I was on the maximum dose of Betablockers which did nothing but run me into the ground. By this time I was incredibly fed up, my migraines were controling my career and my relationships with my partner and friends and family around me. I decided I was going to stop taking everything my doctors had prescribed including my contraceptive pill and would you believe my migraines disappeared completely. Unfortunately during this time without being on the pill I also found out I had an allergy to both latex and non latex condoms which started to put a huge toll on my relationship again. Long story cut short I ended up pregnant and had to terminate (the migraines I had during the little time I was pregnant was worse than ever). Since then I have been so careful and was on a waiting list for a year to have the copper coil fitted as I was told by a number of people that it doesn’t contain any hormones and it is impossible to cause migraines.

    I had the copper coil fitted 2 months ago now and everything has been fine, until Sunday when I got a severe migraine – I have now been in bed for 5 days with back to back migraines and am back on medication prescribed my my GP – Amitriptyline, Domperidone, Suppositories and the usual ibuprofen and paracetamol. I have spoken with my doctor and nurse and I have taken advice from my sister and friends who have had the coil, all who are certain it wont be the coil causing my migraines but I cannot understand why they are back with such a vengeance and the only thing that has changed was the insertion of the coil. I am considering having it removed so that I can return to work – I have not long joined a new team and love what I do but cannot put this burden on my employer as she has a business to run at the end of the day.

    I would be so grateful for any advice you can give me. Beki

  118. I’ve been using the Paraguard copper IUD for over six years. Had some heavier periods the first year, but that passed. I have a normal menstrual cycle and no cramping, or any other side effects. I love my IUD, it’s been working great for me.

  119. Hi and thank you for this article. I have had the copper IUD now for 7 months. I started experiencing side effect like enormous and continuos bleeding immediately but the doctors told me to be patient and wait at least 6 months ensuring me that everything will settle and get back to normality.

    Now my period is almost continuos and very abundant beginning around the ovulation and continuing until the end of the cycle with unbearable cramps. Reading now all the side effects I can also connect things I couldn’t explain such as the difficulty in concentrating and the lethargy, as well as some inexplicable cases of rage (like in traffic), while I’ve always been a quite balanced persone, when not under the influence of hormones. I feel tired and bloated all the time.

    I was really hoping this could be the non-hormonal solution for me. I will get it removed as soon as possible as my health is Nr one which is the reason I chose this method in the first place.

    Thank you for the information!
    Best,
    Debbie

  120. I got my IUD in over seven years ago after my last son was born. Around that same time, I began having trouble with my thyroid levels. I’ve been through every testing under the sun, including hot/cold node testing for thyroid cancer. Most recently, because my blood panel levels are so off and my SED rates are so drastically elevated, my latest doctor referred me to a rheumatologist, which would kick off another round of testing that I don’t have the time, money and energy for. I didn’t call. I haven’t gone. I’ve been through this merry-go-round for the last seven years.

    I have been to countless appointments, changed doctors multiple times and have had too many blood tests to count. I take as much as 800 mg of Advil or Aleve for pain just to be able to get through my days. I’m tired of not having answers. In addition to near-constant muscle and joint paint that I attributed to undiganosed Fibromyalgia, Lupus or RA, my husband noticed that he was finding my hair everywhere, which tells me that my hair is now falling out. Last week, I stumbled upon an article talking about IUD copper toxicity. Every symptom listed is what I’ve dealt with over the last seven years–at times so debilitating that I can’t function. I think this may be what’s going on with me. I called my GYN and made an appointment to have the IUD removed. If this is the key, I will be so happy to have answers. I’ll be even happier to finally get some relief. I’m so tired.

    1. *UPDATE* I got my Paraguard out a week ago. I am alert, energized and refreshed. I have had very minimal pain this week. My thinking is clear. I haven’t had to take meds for pain. I feel amazing. In tandem with having the IUD out, I have begun a course of zinc, fresh celery juice every morning and thyme tea. If you are having random symptoms that have no origin, I strongly recommend getting your IUD out. After seven years of pain, I finally feel normal again!

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  121. The Paragard nearly ruined my life. It started when I experienced a dizzy spell that wouldn’t go away. After a few days it spiraled into SEVERE anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve never felt so scared in my life. I was paranoid. I couldn’t take care of my son. I didn’t want to be left alone. One morning after a night of panic that did not subside I made my husband take me to the hospital. Every test came back normal and I was sent home. I never began to feel better. I was freaking out and regularly felt like I was going to die. I had chest pain and heart palpitations, dizziness, depressed, paranoid, could never sleep despite being exhausted…the doctors told me it was just regular anxiety. I don’t think they understood the severity of the situation. Finally I had to do my own research and discovered this could be happening because of my copper IUD. I made an appointment to have it removed as soon as possible after having it inserted for 10 months. I hoped it would help me feel better immediately and I will say that it helped A LOT, but not without consequences. I believe that upon removal I experienced my first “copper dump” which felt like another horrendous panic attack. (Look into copper dumping) I almost checked myself into the hospital. Eventually I started to have better days but it took a long time. Some days I felt normal. Some days I felt like I was going to die again. I felt like I developed PTSD from how badly I was affected. I would say I made mostly a full recovery in about a year. What helped me through it was avoiding copper rich foods, eating zinc rich foods, magnesium supplements, and epsom salt baths as they contain magnesium to help draw out the excess copper. I tell everyone I know to avoid this device as it changed my life for the worse. I never thought I could feel so badly.

  122. I had gotten my Copper iud removed a few weeks ago,after having it just shy of a year.
    Before getting my iud i was prescribed by my doctor to take iron because I was “dangerously” low.
    Everything seemed fine at first, I took my iron and got my iud and felt so energetic and awake. But after a few months I began to feel tired and unmotivated. By the time I figured out that maybe my iud causes it… I was always tired, unmotivated, I could run 6 miles and feel just fine and now I can barely do 3 without feeling extremely weak. I have always been active in my job and enjoy the gym but i find myself weak. I also had a horrible time with feeling unusually gassy, and at times feel extremely bloated.
    It’s been a few weeks and I still haven’t fully recovered, but I haven’t been as bloated, and I now feel motivated to see people (where I was hermit before).

  123. I got the copper IUD jan 11 2017 and here it is 22 months later n i still have it. In the beginning i was discharging what looked like blood clots during my period which dr said that was normal. It just started up again about 3 months ago. For 2 years now i been suffering with anxiety, tired all the time. Lack of energy. I have beeb suffered with depression. Theres been moments where i thought about ending my life. But i cant do that to my 2 babies. I spent a night in psych because i threatened to kill my self. This was about 6 months in to havibg the IUD. My husband told me about Copper Toxicity and been tellibg me to go to Dr. But every Dr i go to they say im fine. That i just the rest. So i havent seen a dr in over a year. But i just found a new dr. N my husband forcing me to go so i guess we’ll see. I have other symptoms as well. Loss of concentration, not understanding very well. Sometimes i trip over my own feet. Loosing balance. Very irritable and angry all the time. I tend to take deep breaths alot. Sometimes very rare but still happens ill get dizzy n ill get blurry vision for a moment. Im always coughing and catching colds. Ill get sick for 2 weeks and then 2-3 days later ill have another cold. Thats been happening for 6 months now give or take. I debated if it was the IUD or not. Im still not sure but i guess ill have to go even though i hate doctors.

  124. Hello,

    I have had the copper IUD for 2 months now and for the past month I have been waking up with bad back pain. I would have to use my nightstand and my bed to pull myself out of bed. After walking a bit and showering I would feel okay. I thought it was normal due to cold weather and having had an epidural. But the last 2 times this happened I felt useless and paralyzed. I couldn’t get out of bed. I needed assistance to get out and even then it felt like my lower back was going to break in half. My legs were going numb and it was horrible. Today was my breaking point, with assistance getting out of bed it was horrible, I didn’t feel okay after a shower. I wanted to go the the ER but I dislike it since I was there for my last 2 miscarriages this year. I went to a doctor within my insurance and he told me what I feel has nothing to do with my IUD. I started to reflect and realize my anxiety has been extreme and so has my emotions. That doctor refused to remove it so I left the doctors feeling hopeless and I went to 2 other locations with no help. I am going to see another doctor tomorrow to have it removed. I know my body and I know this is not normal. I am angry that the doctor just ignored my plea for help and insisted that because the paraguard is hormone free it can’t be the reason for my pain. After reading all of these comments I feel better knowing that I am not just crazy. I started to feel like maybe I am crazy. But I love my job and what I do and to not want to go just is not like me. I am in my last semester of school and I haven’t been wanting to go and this is bad. I am at risk of loosing my AA degree and this is just not like me.
    Thank you all for your words

  125. I barely got the IUD in around Nov 2018 and have been bleeding since then, at first i thought it was normal. I did notice a bit of weight gain and i have been moody and i thought it was because im losing all this blood. I mean im not bleeding heavily to the point where i need to wear maxi pads. But i am bleeding everyday like a normal period and i do experience mild cramps. Looking at all these posts and seeing woman struggling with this IUD in many ways is scary because i thought this was one of the safest birth control methods out there. Now i feel like i should get this removed and maybe just stick with the patch.

  126. Two weeks ago, I had the Paragard IUD removed after 3 months due to the negative side effects. It was causing extreeeeeme constipation. I was doing all the things – eating a diet rich in fiber and veggies, taking extra fiber on top of that, drinking prune juice, tons of water, exercising, and it wasn’t remotely enough. It was worse than pregnancy constipation. On top of that, my period became substantially heavier, not just a little bit. For 3 days I was going through one super absorbency tampon per hour, to the point that I could hardly keep up and I kept getting blood on my pants, even when I added pads to the mix. Also had blood clots, which I’ve never had in my period before. Gave up trying to use a menstrual cup, it couldn’t handle that kind of flow. The sheer amount of blood loss made me exhausted. I’m a generally otherwise healthy person and this particular IUD totally threw my body out of whack. After removal, bowels went back to normal and I haven’t had my first period yet, but I’m 99.9% sure it’ll be normal. My exhaustion levels have slowly gotten better, but it’s still hit and miss some days. I was bleeding in between periods too, and I haven’t experienced that at all since removal. I was also having some lower back pain that has since subsided. Never again will I get a copper iud.

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  127. I got the copper iud today I’m feeling so tired and in so much pain. The doctor didn’t tell me about any side effects or that I would bleed so heavy. Right after I got out of the clinic , I had to go back to work and then do laundry, I left my car on! I forgot to turn off my car! That has never happened to me. I don’t know if it’s a side effect since I just got it today, but I find no explanation for it. I Need more information about the copper iud.

  128. So I’m reading this because Im at my wits end with fatigue and in the last week or so increasing feelings of panic. I saw a doctor 3 weeks ago and had blood tests that show I am severely defficient in both copper and zinc (they are both next to nothing!). My question is could this be the coil? my problems seem to have coincided with getting the coil in the last 3 months. Other than these symptoms I love the coil and my moods had been amazing without the crazy hormonal issues I had when I was on the pill.

  129. I’m a little late to this article but I had my copper IUD removed a few days ago after having it for 18 months. i was 21 when I had it placed and right away I noticed my stomach started to bloat, I would get random painful cramps (i have a pretty high pain tolerance), I would get angry very easily, I had an allergic reaction on my eyes that neither the eye doctor or allergist could figure out the cause of. Then the last about 6 months I started getting constipated frequently and found it difficult to use the bathroom. I told myself enough is enough, there is no way it’s a coincidence my health went downhill after getting this IUD placed. Almost immediately after getting it removed it was like a huge relief and all my symptoms went away. I feel happy now and like I have motivation that I didn’t realize I lost. I’m glad I found this article, it feels good to know that i’m not the only one who went through this. I just wish there was more information about this not only on the internet but for doctors so less women have to go through what I and so many others have.

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  130. Hi mine was put in after 12 wks giving both to baby in 2016 sept.once I put in after few days felt not myself.Explained this to hubby said it’s in my head. I felt sad,anxious,upset minded ,brain fog.Then last year around October I felt sad dizzy I put it on breastfeeding after reading yr article I think it’s copper.So today I had it removed and afterb2 hrs I feel.different.

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  131. I had the copper iud in for two months. The pain and discomfort or caused is not worth it at all!! It was soo painful to get our put in. Felt like i wasn’t warned at all to begin with. After having it in theres this pain that just won’t go away. It makes total sense because they’re is foreign object in the body. I couldn’t even sit comfortably. I always felt pressure and pain on my uterus. I always felt tired and fragile. No amount of coffee helped. I had this constant sick feeling. Like i was coming down with something. My second period took 2 weeks to finally make its way. I thought i was pregnant since i felt awful. When i finally got my period it was normal and then i began to bleed and bleed a whole week after my period. Wasnt period like blood at that point. Seemed different. I called to make an appointment to remove it. They ended up canceling it since the person that does procedures wasnt there and they made sure to tell me i was only going in for consultation first. That meant i had t wait awhole other week. I have 3 babies. Ages 3 and under. No way i could be dealing with this pain and discomfort any longer! I really have no time to be laying around feeling sick. I ended up taking it out on my own. Not suggesting anyone else do it but it definitely is possible. My bleeding was so bad it just slipped right out when i pulled. Glove i used was full of blood. The bleeding stopped IMMEDIATELY!! Its like my body was crying out. I felt better right away! Sick feeling began to go away within the hour! Im so happy that thing is out!!

  132. I have had the copper coil in for 8 months now. The first 3 months was a bit hit and miss but l put that down to it being new. After that though everything has been fine… until recently. I have never really struggled with anxiety or depression. Always felt particularly well and healthy. I returned back to work after 11 months off from maternity. So this could be something to do with that or it could be the coil. But before l left l was confident and thriving at my job. Since returning l just dont seem to be able to concentrate. I am always tired. I have headaches l feel miserable l have lost all confidence in what l do. I feel like l am going to be sacked all the time. I get dizzy spells. Fall into day dreams. I just dont feel right. And l was never like this a year ago or have l ever before. I am debating going to the doctors but dont want to be fobbed off with mental health issues because l dont believe that is what l have. I reason with myself daily about things and try to perk up tell myself l have a nice life and family etc but for some reason l just cant shake this l am no good feeling anymore, along with the physical things of headaches and dizziness etc. I do also suffer with very heavy periods with this coil and they have now started to become irregular. It must be that?

  133. I had my copper IUD for 3.5 years and have just taken it out today. I was at the point of not being able to physically handle the first two days of my cycle. The cramps had become incapacitating, the first day being the worst. In one day my flow was as heavy as the average woman in a week. For the last year, though, my cycle would be either 40 days or just wouldn’t come for two months. It is refreshing reading all of your stories, I don’t feel crazy anymore that I don’t feel like myself. My confidence had plummeted and my anxiety has been higher for the last 9 months. I’m actually looking forward to my next period for once. I can’t say if the anxiety is attributed to the IUD or not, I guess I’ll see.

  134. Hi, Sami,

    I recently had my IUD placed 2 years ago. With in the past year to 6 months I’ve started to notice I’ve been more and more tired. I’ve done many at home pregnancy tests, thinking I was due to nausea that started to accompany my overly tired self. Now I’ve been more and more irrational and irritable and sad but with nothing to be sad about. So, I decided to look into myself. What changed? Nothing except my IUD being in.

    So I started doing research myself. I reached out to my doctors. “The paraguard wont cause that,” multiple doctors have said to me. But it’s the only thing that’s different in my life. I’m bringing this article and its references with me.

    I’m pushing for a copper test, getting the same push back from my doctors. I just want answers. My obgyn even said she doesnt recommended removing my paraguard, saying there is no way it could be making me sick….

    I guess I want to say thanks for the article… and if I could get any advice to get my doctor to listen to me.

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      Hi Tina – thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad my article was helpful. I’m sorry you’ve struggled and that your doctor isn’t showing you much compassion or understanding. I hear this a lot.

  135. I’m 41 and at hospital during laparoscopy I should have copper coil change for Marina , but instead they left me with 2 coils for 5 months. Recovery time was long and I was feeling unwell and my blood test was really bad and now I have animia . Laparoscopy was done because after c-section 18 years ago I had internal scar and I was in great detail of pain for many years. I want to know what consecration this can have on my body in long term .thank you Jo

  136. Good to know all this.
    ~I have been feeling (again) symptoms of depression and anxiety that I had in past.
    But my contribuition here is regarding weight gain. I have gained a lot of weight, but in a way as such as a pregnant woman. My hips and breast enlarged and I have swelling. I have tested for pregnancy, because it feels like I am pregnant, but it is always negative. I have low energy levels as well.
    Will remove it!

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