copper iud weight gain
alix f

Lefkosía, Cyprus

#525 Mar 12, 2009
Unbelievable! I made an appointment today to have my IUD removed after 4 months of non-stop bleeding - not spotting, bleeding! It has made my life total hell; my sex life even worse. I came off the Pill last year at age 31, and although I've had no children, my gynae recommended the Paragard IUD. I'm pretty good at bearing pain, but the insertion doubled me up, and I stayed that way for 2 weeks. After regular appointments, in which my doctor says I should wait it out, I've finally told him to yank the strings. I can't take it any longer.
Then a friend mentioned IUD related weight gain and it was like a light went on in my head - I've always been slim without trying too hard, I was a model when I was younger for goodness sake. But in the last 4 months I've piled on the pounds - for the first time ever I have a spare tyre. I reckon I've put on 10 kilos in 4 months - while eating a 1200 calorie/day diet and starting to jog for an hour every day. I rushed home from my friend's house and Googled "IUD weight gain" - there are literally MILLIONS of hits - and here I am. Thanks for this site - it's been a EUREKA moment for me! Let's see what happens in the next week...
feelbad

Schaumburg, IL

#526 Mar 13, 2009
I inserted my copper IUD more than 4 years ago, the first 3 years no big problem, just noticed that I could not lose weight (I was super thin and very easy to lose weight before), but not gain. However starting from last May, the weight gradually went up, and stomatch pain and bloat, back pain, mood swing, depression... The things got worse starting last September, the weight gain very fast and never went down. One symptoms I haven't seen any body mentioned here is sometimes I noticed reduced amount of unination, whenever this happened I must gain 2~4 pounds immediately, not sure if this related to the IUD.
I just removed it two days ago, I did feel releved from back pain and the stomatch bloat got better. However I did not see weight loss and I feel reduced uninataion last night and still gained weight this morning. Does anybody experience this thing? And does the weight loss always happened after removing the IUD? How long it will take? I just wonder if this bad device will cause permanent damage to my body. Thanks for any response
alix f

Lefkosía, Cyprus

#527 Mar 14, 2009
HOORAY! I had my IUD out yesterday evening; here's the update.
Immediately it came out I felt lighter, as if I was floating. Within 2 hours, my stomach had lost that hard, bloated feeling. I slept really well - for the first time I didn't wake up feeling like a beached whale. Yesterday, before it came out, I was bleeding heavily and using super tampons. Today: not a thing; I smell 'normal' again. And though I don't weigh myself - I judge my weight by the fit of my jeans!- today I was able to take off my jeans without undoing the button and zip!(Yesterday, my jeans would just do up around my waist!)
While I had the IUD I was constantly bloated, my stomach felt as if I had a basketball under the skin. As I said in my previous post, I've never gained weight on my stomach before, and I lose weight quickly when I diet and exercise, so the spare tyres that wouldn't disappear (despite exercise and dieting) were a real surprise to me. When I wasn't spotting - occasionally I got a 6 hour break from it!- any discharge I experienced smelt rather nasty.
Today I feel full of life and energy - it could be entirely psychosomatic, but I doubt it. I've lost the sluggish, heavy feeling I've had for the past 4 months, and I can breathe in for the first time in ages - without it hurting!
When I mentioned IUD-related weight gain to my gynae, he said he'd been fitting them for years and it was an impossible correalation. I directed him to this site. Let's let the doctors know what really happens!
Thanks to everyone who has posted, I thought I was going mad before I came across this site. It's great to feel I'm not alone - that this has been happening to women from all 4 corners of the world. I'll keep updating about my weight from the sunny Mediterranean!
Marlei

Poole, UK

#528 Mar 15, 2009
I had my copper IUD removed exactly 3 months ago. In post #440 I mentioned that I'd had the copper IUD for over 5 years and that I'd put on 28 pounds during that time.

Unfortunately, I weigh exactly the same as I did on the day it was removed, which is very disappointing :-(. Therefore, I'm envious of the women who've said they lost weight within days of removal.

It's true that I probably gained a few pounds over Christmas (I didn't dare weigh myself for several weeks afterwards!) but, even taking that into consideration, I expected to have lost at least 7 pounds by now.

I really hope my gyno doesn't prove me wrong when she said that the copper IUD had nothing to do with my weight gain. I want to be able to go back to her later this year and tell her how much weight I've lost since having it removed.

On the positive side, my periods are lighter, less painful and of shorter duration. Also, they arrive on time and are not preceded by days of 'spotting'. With the summer coming, it'll be interesting to see whether my feet and ankles still swell up.

Have any of you had to wait several months to see significant results after having the IUD removed?

I really hope to have lost some weight when I give you my next update in a month or two's time.
leny

Redmond, WA

#529 Mar 22, 2009
I been having a copper iud for almost 2 yrs and I have gain 20lbs out of beside that acne and feeling bloated 24 7 and the cramping suxs sex drive is gone cuz u spotting everyother day I don't recomended
claire

Manchester, UK

#530 Mar 23, 2009
hi guys you have saved my sanity! i had the copper coil fitted only 7 weeks ago. thought everything was going fine and i was one of those lucky people to escape the awful side effects until........ my sister is getting married so im on weight watchers everything was going fine losing weight at 4lbs per week, then 4 weeks after having my IUD fitted i stalled, im quite heavy so this is not normal. im now at the point of literally starving myself to MAINTAIN the weight i am, i thought last week i would try xenical ( given by my GP)to give myself a boost ate around 1000 calories per day, i was so geared up to step on those scales expecting another 4lbs weight loss, and guess what 0 weight loss not even an ounce. iv been upset all week racking my brains as to what the hells going on with my body then i finally stumbled across this site and thank goodness its finally clicked!iv been so rigid with calories and counting points that i can honestly say i could not have had a more successful week. i now have to get it removed as unfortunately i don't have the time or the patience to wait to see if my body accepts it, and being big already i don't have the option of gaining a few extra pounds. just worried what to say to my GP as "its not normal" to gain weight with the IUD and worried that they might not remove it after it only being in 7 weeks? miht have to lie and say im in pain!!!! will keep you posted xxxxx
Lakisha Godden

Gainesville, FL

#531 Mar 25, 2009
To those of you that don't know, the copper is toxic to sperm. It actually causes the uterus and falopian tubes to produce fluid that kills sperm. This fluid contains white blood cells, copper ions and Prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are a group of chemicals made by nearly all of the body's cell membranes. Different prostaglandins have different effects on the body; they can help cause inflammation and pain, raise or lower blood pressure, stimulate uterine contractions and labor, and affect the immune system, nerve impulses, and body temperature. Prostaglandins are also artificially produced and used for medical reasons, such as starting labor.The copper is not a hormone, but the copper presence obviously causes a hormonal change in most.
feelbad

Schaumburg, IL

#532 Mar 25, 2009
Lakisha Godden wrote:
To those of you that don't know, the copper is toxic to sperm. It actually causes the uterus and falopian tubes to produce fluid that kills sperm. This fluid contains white blood cells, copper ions and Prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are a group of chemicals made by nearly all of the body's cell membranes. Different prostaglandins have different effects on the body; they can help cause inflammation and pain, raise or lower blood pressure, stimulate uterine contractions and labor, and affect the immune system, nerve impulses, and body temperature. Prostaglandins are also artificially produced and used for medical reasons, such as starting labor.The copper is not a hormone, but the copper presence obviously causes a hormonal change in most.
Thank you for your posting. I removed my IUD two weeks ago, and feel much better, however some sympotoms still there, for example, I have severe insomnia, very hard to fall asleep, frequently wake up during night, I also developed gastris, back pain, and very easy to get cold. I don't know if these related to the copper IUD, if so how long it will take to recover after removing the IUD? BTW, my weight still not come off.
erin

Philadelphia, PA

#533 Mar 25, 2009
I have had the paraguard copper IUD for almost 4 yrs now. I am getting it out on monday thank goodness. I have experienced so many issues since the insertion that I never connected with the iud due to the stress in my life. Primarily hair loss, over a third of my hair thinned and dry with no luster. Achy joints, tendonitis, lethargy. increased moodiness and irritability. Sun spots, acne on my jaw line and back, never had acne. Bloated!!!!! The wide hips and spare tire. The more I read the more I can't believe this. I want to know if anyone has had this removed and have felt restored to their former self? I am optimistic but feel that I was so misinformed.
jill

Silverdale, WA

#534 Mar 25, 2009
Tressie wrote:
I am 25 years old and this October I will have had my copper IUD for 2 years. I have always been heavier than people my age all throughout my life. I was on various hormones/birth controls for a consistant 10 years. A majority of that time was Orthotrycycline then Nuvaring. After a 6 month period of being hormone free, I realized so many things that I felt had slowly gone away... SEVERE depression, vision issues, extreme moodiness, LACK of sex drive, and many more that should NOT have been happening for my age.
I fought with my doctor to get the IUD, which she tried to talk me out of because it would be painful and I have never had children. After getting my IUD, I started to have lots of changes.
1. Growth of Facial Hair
2. Weight gain, especially around my belly.
3. Acne on my face, neck, and back.
I really struggled with these changes and for the first time in my life felt unhappy with my body. I was away of the positive emotional changes that came from stopping hormonal birth control, but was struggling with the physical changes that were coming from the IUD.
I later learned that I had Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Which I had all along, it just was controlled by the birthconrol.
My point is, the older I get and the more people I meet, PCOS is more common. I feel that EVERYONE should be checked for PCOS and become educated about what hormonal birthcontrol REALLY does to your body. I have been on a non hormonal treatment for PCOS for a year now and am having great response to the prescribed medications.
Ps. Jill... I spotted for a year. It was worth the wait. I now have a normal cycle with no inbetween problems and TEN years of protection. You've gotten this far, stick with it.
what typ of birth control are you on
Heather

Tempe, AZ

#535 Mar 28, 2009
Do you notice that all of the women that are gaining weight are in their 40's? HELLO! As we get older our metabolism slows. I have been on the pill for 1 year after I had my daughter and gained 20 pounds. Went on the Copper IUD and have been losing weight ever since. Then again I am only 22 ;-)
2_asha india

Coimbatore, India

#536 Mar 29, 2009
I had inserted the Copper IUD and just got it removed a week back and am so happy. The initial 3 months went with the usual cramps and spotting. After that things were ok. But exactly one month after inserting the copper IUD i started having the skin allergy - urtercia. I did not realise the connection between the IUD and the allergy. I have visited around 7 dermatologist and no one could cure me. It used to go away when i take the tablets and used to resurface. It went from mild to chronic skin allergy. From the past 2 months i have been having various other symptoms like weight gain around my belly and having love handles. I was finding this a little weird since when i gain weight i used to gain it only around my butt and thighs. Then i started having mood swings, severe fatigue, excessive sweating. The latest was vertigo. I visited doctors and no one was able to figure out what was wrong since my routine reports on blood, urnine and ECG were normal. Then finally when i checked the net I understood about the connection between copper IUD and skin allery and now vertigo. I visited my gynic and got my copper IUD removed. I feel lighter as though a cork has been removed from my body. I will monitor to see if my weight comes down. The gynic told me that the effect of copper will be in the body for 3 months!
hibiscus

Malaysia

#537 Mar 31, 2009
After my fourth child, when I was 34, I had a copper IUD inserted in 2004, my weight was about 53kg ( 116 pounds )during that time. My weight gradually increased 9kg ( 20 pounds ) to 62 kg ( 136 pounds) and have been constant for about 3 years now. I have to go to the fitting room everytime i shop for clothes and that is frustrating. My weight before I had any kids was about 50 kgs only ( 110 pounds)

I have been experiencing the same symptoms with most of you who wore it - foul discharge, heavy and prolonged periods,- up to 9 days, sometimes stopped and continued again from 11-15th days, bloating, frequent urinating, etc

I had a PAP smear done last year and the doctor told me my uterine cells got atrophied - and that was surprising - she advised me to take Evening Primrose Oil..

I would like to thank the first forumner - Hilda for the valuable Information. I thought I was having copper toxicity but didn't have much time to browse ... I cehcked homepathy websites but couldn't find the remedy

I had my IUD removed 5 days ago, and hopefully I would be happpier with my weight and my LIFE!
Emma

UK

#538 Mar 31, 2009
I had a copper IUD fitted 6 months ago and have gained just over 7lb for someone who is only 4ft11 that is a lot.I am 38 and did think perhaps this is it, middle age spread, but am wondering whether it is the IUD. My doc told me to expect heavier periods so that was fine, but I often feel like I have mild period pain throughout the month. I am now out of a relationship, so have no need of contraception, I think I will have it taken out and see how I feel. It is possible that if I am experiencing increased tiredness due to lack of iron or some sort of copper reaction, then I may be eating more as I do eat for energy if I am tired. Alternatively as my cycle has changed my pmt cravings may have increased. Anyway we will see. I hope my doctor does not quiz me too much as as far as I am concerned I should not need a reason to have it removed! Nice to share this with other women - thanks girls !
Josey

Richmond, Canada

#539 Apr 1, 2009
Hello, I'm so happy to come across all of these forums dedicated to those with problems with their IUDs. I got the Nova T copper IUD fitted 10 months ago. I've always had problems with hormonal birth control, and I figured this was the answer to my prayers! The first 4 months of my IUD were bliss, I thought that it was too good to be true, and wondered why everyone didn't have this method of BC. Well, after those 4 months were over, I started experiencing strange problems that I hadn't encountered before. In the 5th month, I noticed a very strange odor and it was very uncomfortable. This lasted for 3 months and I was stumped because I hadn't been sexually active in this time, so I went to the doc and it turned out I had Bacterial Vaginosis. This can be caused by unknown circumstances and it was quite unpleasant. I did 2 treatments of antibiotics and to my dismay, it did not clear up. I finally tried the Metronidazol gel and it seemed to lessen the problem. I have also gained 20+ pounds in the past 10 months, I haven't changed my diet, and I lead a very active lifestyle. I feel bloated ALL THE TIME. I've always had problem skin, however my acne has gotten worse in the last month. I feel depressed and self loathing more frequently than usual, and I have no energy to wake up in the morning, let alone do high energy things...I barely have an appetite and yet I keep packing on the pounds. For this whole time I thought I was dying of some horrible thyroid disease, I've had blood work done 3 times, and the doctors all just think I'm crazy. I'm so grateful for this forum and these postings, I'm convinced it's my IUD, and I'm getting it removed ASAP.
This is just my journey, I have friends who have the IUD and love it, I'm convinced it's not for me.
Wendy

Seattle, WA

#540 Apr 2, 2009
I too am happy to find this post. Oh my gosh, its nice to read of others having some of the same issues so I don't feel like I'm going crazy. Like most of you, my doctor tells me that the side effects are just the heavier periods. I not only have heavier periods, I have 3 days of spotting before and after. I've always had my weight go up and down, and the older I get the harder it is to lose, but I've been working on losing my weight for a few years now, I continue to gain. I've had to go on water pills to have my water retention go down (not gone but down), I've had to up anti-depressants just to function. A friend of mine is the one who mentioned to me that she noticed that about 6 months after the insertion of my IUD, that, that's when a lot of my other things started. I was thankful to see someone else put down that they started having back problems with this. I have had to start going to a Physical Therapist and have deep tissue work done, I always feel like my body is trying to just give up on me. I am a new grandma and want to be around and have energy for my granddaughter. I do believe I will be going back to the doctor to have this removed. If nothing else to get rid of the constant bloated feeling.
I will continue to read on how you ladies are doing.
Thank you again for being open and sharing.
Carolyn from Colorado

Monument, CO

#541 Apr 2, 2009
First, thank you Lisa from OR on page 2 for your explanation as to why the copper IUD might be causing people problems. I think you are right about the foreign body stress factor. I always thought that 99% pregnancy protection and few side effects was way too good to be true!

I have had my copper IUD for about 10 years; I got it after the birth of my last child. I actually had to have it replaced 3 years ago because it was digging into my uterus. Anyway, for the last 10 years I have gained weight (50 pounds), even though I have struggled and fought not to. No matter what I did, losing even a pound was almost impossible. What was very odd, but makes sense to me now after reading these posts, is that my stomach was so much more bloated than the rest of me. All my other body parts could be tight from working out, but my belly looks pregnant.

The reason I actually found this forum, is I was wondering if there was a connection between my IUD and anxiety, which has increased dramatically since my 2nd one was inserted. I just had my IUD removed today because of severe cramping on the left side which is similar to what happened to me when I had my first one taken out. I'm not going to change my diet or exercise habits, and will post if I see any changes.
Carolyn from Colorado

Monument, CO

#542 Apr 3, 2009
Brenda wrote:
I've had the Copper T IUD for 9 years. I'm 46, 5'3", 104 pounds and I've had 5 kids. Ladies, if you are gaining weight, count your daily calories by keeping a food diary. I think you'll find out that it's not the IUD.
I guess because it has not affected you than it must not be so. I guess the other 400 posters are just idiots. Thanks Brenda for setting us straight with your wisdom.(p.s. if you read the other posts, you will see people mentioning food diaries, counting calories, etc)
Wendy

Seattle, WA

#543 Apr 3, 2009
Carolyn from Colorado wrote:
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I guess because it has not affected you than it must not be so. I guess the other 400 posters are just idiots. Thanks Brenda for setting us straight with your wisdom.(p.s. if you read the other posts, you will see people mentioning food diaries, counting calories, etc)
I have in the past followed a food diary, I was on WW for years and when I loose 3 lbs and then gain 2, and so on. No matter what I did I would gain it back. I'm now 30 lb heavier than I was when I had the IUD put in. Before that, even though I had to work at it, I could lose the weight.
Maybe the IUD doesn't cause problems for everyone, but not all things are meant for all people. I love the idea of not worrying but would rather have my life back and not be asked when my baby is due.
Carolyn from Colorado

Monument, CO

#544 Apr 3, 2009
Wendy wrote:
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I have in the past followed a food diary, I was on WW for years and when I loose 3 lbs and then gain 2, and so on. No matter what I did I would gain it back. I'm now 30 lb heavier than I was when I had the IUD put in. Before that, even though I had to work at it, I could lose the weight.
Maybe the IUD doesn't cause problems for everyone, but not all things are meant for all people. I love the idea of not worrying but would rather have my life back and not be asked when my baby is due.
The same thing happened to me. I'd work extremely hard to lose a few pounds, and then overnight gain 5 pounds. I feel like I exercise and eat right only to maintain my weight- losing is not an option anymore. I feel very encouraged after reading so many posts however (i'm currently on page 21). If I could even lose some of the belly fat, I think it would be so encouraging.

Wendy, did you start having to take antidepressants after the IUD? Do you think there was a correlation? I started having severe panic attacks the year I got my 2nd one put in.

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