A couple of years ago, I wrote couple of posts about the birth control pill, and how it was affecting my weight, athletic performance, and most importantly, how it was affecting me. I switched to the copper IUD by Paraguard and thought it was my little lifesaver. No hormones, no little pill, I was gonna be back to normal and be safe from pregnancy. I was wrong.
Welcome to my new nightmare. After I had the copper IUD installed I had severe cramps, which I was told was to be expected. The cramps subsided after almost one (1) year. January of 2018, it got worse. Less than eight (8) months after having the copper IUD put in, I was experiencing severe depression. I was having emotional outbursts at my now ex-boyfriend for no reason, which is caused by the depression I was feeling. I couldn’t find a way out of it. It was uncontrollable and that caused the end of our relationship. I hid the fact that I was also having suicidal thoughts from family and friends. The suicidal thoughts were so bad that I had even prayed to God to let me die.
I had the worst PMS symptoms I’d experienced in my life The cramping was just as bad as when I first got the IUD put in, bloating was to the point I couldn’t wear my jeans. I was experiencing extreme fatigue which kept me on my couch for weeks along with nausea and vomiting. I also experienced a burning sensation in my chest, as well as extreme pain in my breasts. My hair was falling out and it wasn’t just a little bit here and there. It was constantly falling out and it was a lot. Not a few hairs, but several strands and it was thick.
I also experienced insomnia for three (3) days in a row once every two (2) months. I was also experiencing anxiety, and anemia. I also experienced headaches that came with dizziness that lasted for days. Intolerances/allergies to foods (eggs, corn, grains, etc.), bleeding gums, bloating (outside of my period), gas, and periods of constipation, came on strong as well as constant. Last but not least, extreme shortness of breath. All this time I was thinking I was extremely out of shape. I couldn’t even walk up a small hill before I was completely out of breath. I couldn’t run a quarter of a mile without being out of breath. It took me almost 10 minutes (if not longer) to catch my breath.
All of these came on all of a sudden, less than eight (8) months after having the copper IUD put in. I didn’t understand why I was feeling worse, why my depression was at its worst, why I felt tired all the time. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. I was angry because I had lost all will and interest in working out, and running. I had never experience anything like this before in my life. I wanted to get back to normal, I wanted to get back to being me again.
The day before Thanksgiving I had a severe headache, and it wouldn’t go away. I was able to dull it down, but not enough. I was also experiencing dizziness along with it. I began doing some research on the internet and I found a website that listed what I was experiencing from the copper IUD that women were reporting. They were listed as symptoms. Symptoms? These are symptoms. Why didn’t my doctor tell me about all this? Did my doctor even know?
I lived in this nightmare for a year and a half. I had to take my health back into my own hands. Enough is enough. I no longer wanted to feel the way I have been feeling.
The next day I made an appointment to see my doctor to have this IUD removed. I was counting down the days till this horrible thing was out of my body. All I did was take 800mg of ibuprofen with food an hour before my appointment. My doctor removed it, now I am starting my recovery.
I hope that you take away something from my story, my experience with the copper IUD. if you experienced any of the symptoms that I did, I urge you to remove your IUD. Your health is not worth the risk.
I have a long road of recovery ahead of me. Part Two of this entry; My Recovery from the Copper IUD, will be coming soon. You don’t want to miss it. I will be talking about my symptoms and when they subsided. I will also be discussing detoxing my body of the excess copper, and what I did to recover. Also, I will be talking about how I continuously worked with my doctor to make sure that I can still have kids, and if I have any long standing health conditions that was caused by the copper IUD.
The website I mentioned early, is dedicated to bringing a class action lawsuit. I’m going to help fight to bring this class action to trial. No woman should have to go through what I went through. You can find the website here