copper iud weight gain
Mord

United States

#565 Apr 15, 2009
Read the whole thread. Many women in their 20's are speaking of unexplainable weight gain.

I would also ask how long you have been on the IUD. The weight gain is not always as sudden for people who switch from other hormonal BC methods. They have testified to experiencing a loss followed by a plateau and a return to weight GAIN.

The truth is that over 90% of the 500+ posts on this thread are of people experiencing similar and consistent symptoms. They are of all ages and are genuinely confused by it all. There is SOMETHING legitimate about the complaints just taking into consideration the statistics involved.
Heather wrote:
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 ;-)
Marlena

Las Vegas, NV

#566 Apr 16, 2009
I had the copper IUD for 11 years (yes, I was bad and should have had it out a few years ago). I have gained so much weight and people asking me if I was pregnant, I tried diet, excercise everything. I had the IUD taken out on April 2 and I have lost about 9lbs. I am convinced now that it has something to do with weight gain, espescially in the stomach area.
alex

Elk Grove, CA

#567 Apr 16, 2009
I HAD THE COPPER IN JANUARY NOTICED BLOATING WEIGHT GAIN I HAVE FOUND OUT FROM WEB LOTS OF SIDE EFFECS YOUR NOT TOLD BY DOC OR EVEN PAMPLET
feelbad

Schaumburg, IL

#568 Apr 16, 2009
Marlena wrote:
I had the copper IUD for 11 years (yes, I was bad and should have had it out a few years ago). I have gained so much weight and people asking me if I was pregnant, I tried diet, excercise everything. I had the IUD taken out on April 2 and I have lost about 9lbs. I am convinced now that it has something to do with weight gain, espescially in the stomach area.
Did you change your diet/exercise after removing your IUD? It seems that you lost a lot of weight very fast. Congratulations!
Cindy

Saint Louis, MO

#569 Apr 16, 2009
I have nothing new to add to the discussion except for my own experience....

I had a Copper IUD (yes, I am sure it's not Mirena) inserted about two months ago, and immediately started gaining weight. Over the previous 9 months I had actually lost about 15 lbs and was finally getting close to my 120 lb goal. I felt like I had finally gotten control of my weight. In the last two months I have gained 10-15 lbs. I have not changed my diet, and in fact have increased my exercise....

It's amazing...for all of us to have the same weight gain scenario....mostly in the stomach and face. I have been trying and trying and am simply not losing weight.....and my puffy face makes me so self conscious.

It's distressing that the medical community simply dismisses discussions like this, and that they tell it us "must" be caused by something else...but like someone else said in a post...I KNOW MY BODY...This device had caused weight gain and periods that seem to drain every drop of blood from my body!

What to do, what to do....
Marlena

Las Vegas, NV

#570 Apr 16, 2009
No, I have been on a diet for about 2 months (eating right, excercising) with no loss untill I had the IUD removed. Aprox. 3 days after surgery, my husband said he noticed my stomach looking flatter.
Candy

Philadelphia, PA

#571 Apr 17, 2009
I had the copper IUD inserted about a month ago. During my period I gained 6 lbs when I usually only gain about 2 lbs. Also right before my period started my appetite was much higher than previous pre-menstral cycles. Possibly because my body was anticipating a very heavy flow??? Anyway, since my period has ended I already lost 3 lbs. So maybe its the more intense menstral cycle that has caused the excess weight?? I am currently watching my caloric intake as well as keeping up with my gym time. I am thinking that this will help significantly.
Mord

Willoughby, OH

#572 Apr 17, 2009
I am having my paragard removed next week.

I wasn't certain about the connections until this thread.

I have 4 children spanning 15 years and am 36 yrs old. I had used Norplant twice in the past for a total of 7+ years with NO PROBLEMS.

After our last baby a year ago we decided to get the IUD because i am begining to worry about the affects of hormones. I get gest. diabetes and worried what affect the hormones might have on my endocrine system.

Needless to say i have retained ab weight. I have very bad PMS ie. moods swings, cramping...(i have never been like this before) and it starts a full 6 days before my period begins. My period has gone from 4 mid-light days to 8+ VERY heavy days. Between the ovulation pain, the PMS and the incredibly heavy periods I have only a couple of issue free days a month.

I also have a dull ache in my lower ab that never goes away, more frequent headaches, have no sex drive and back pain.

You have to wonder what exactly the device is doing to a body long term if this is the list of side effects.

Thank you to all the women who began making the connections and spoke up in spite of the opposing voices. I owe you a debt of gratitude.
Wendy

Seattle, WA

#573 Apr 20, 2009
Thank you for answering the information about leg pain. Wow, I sure hope it's what it is, I go in on the 7th of May for the removal and I'm hoping to get back to feeling some what normal. I will make sure to let everyone know, but now that someone else had some problems with legs that maybe I have a chance it will go away.
alix f wrote:
Hi again - this is for Carolyn from Colorado who asked about leg pain... yes I did! I thought it was sciatica or something; I had shooting sharp pains down one leg - even when I was lying in bed. Not all the time, but fairly often. I hadn't even associated it with my IUD! But thinking back, I haven't had anything like that in the 4 weeks since I had my IUD removed!
Regarding the weight gain, it's still going, but slowly. I had my IUD for 4 months. I figure if it took 4 months for me to end up looking pregnant, it's gonna take 4 months for it to go. Here's hoping for a svelte summer!
Dezi

Mountain View, WY

#574 Apr 20, 2009
I would like to share my own personal struggle with IUDs, and hormones. I had a baby in 2006. 6 weeks later I had the mirena iud in. Not 3 weeks later I had gained 20 lbs all the baby weight I had lost. For the year I had the mirena I would honestly say was the darkest time in my life. It should have been the happiest time with my first baby. I was very depressed! This was not post partum depressing. I had it removed in 2007 after I learned that my orginal doctor had lied to me telling me it had NO Hormones.(I should have researched it on my own.) I had it taken out and with in a months time I had already lost 12 lbs. Mentally I was feeling better then I had in a year! I was pregnant a month later so it does keep you from getting prego!:) But during my pregancy I lost 25lbs!!!!! Never gained anything. After my baby was born in Aug. 2008 I had the cooper IUD put in after RESEARCH knowning on my own that there was no hormones. About two months after my 6 week appt. I had GAINED all my weight back. Now seven months later I weigh 10 lbs more then that!!!! Thats with working out and cleansing! I do however have to say I don't feel the same effects the Mirena had on me with depression. I feel great in that manner of speaking. But I feel I need to take the IUD out and see how my body stabalizes with no foreign object in there screwing it up. So tomorrow I'm taking the IUD out. If nothing happens atleast I know that its not the IUD and I can seek for other options. Something is wrong with me. This I know for sure. I weighed 118 lbs 4 years ago on my wedding day. Two months later during Christmas after I was on birth control for the first time I weighed 10 lbs more. I had 4 miscarriages and have found that I have to take progesterone to keep my babies. After delivery I have to take estrogen. If I don't pluck the hairs on my chin they come in DARK and COURSE! Gross I know! I have gained a grand total of 60lbs. Since I was married, and 25 lbs were after my first miscarrige within ONE MONTH I have pictures to prove this! 25lbs after the mirena. So when doctors tell me I don't have anything hormonal going on I tell them to take a hike if it takes a million doctors to take me serious then thats what it will take. Every women is different and like I seen in all these posts we know our bodies the doctors don't and I KNOW that my body is seriously screwed up! I feel my BEST when I'm pregant! Hello thats a HUGE sign that something is wrong its taken me 5 doctors to take me serious and I finally found a doctor that does. So stick it out and don't give up. Listen to your bodies! I will post in a few months to update on my status. Wish me luck! I'll be working my butt off!
Mord

Willoughby, OH

#575 Apr 20, 2009
I just had mine removed.

The light cramping could not even mask the difference i felt. The dull ache in my back and abdomen is gone. I had not realized until it was removed that it was even affecting the way i walked. I felt stiff and sore around my whole midsection. My daughter came home from school and said i seemed different. I feel lighter like breathing is easier.

It is all such a drastic change that i am left wondering if it could all be in my head. I wonder if these things sound familiar to others who had paragard removed.

I did find something interesting about copper and "leaky gut syndrome"

Could this be the weight link?

>>>She is an RN and after thousands of hours of research she has found out that people with UC cannot methylate (break down and use) copper properly in the body. Copper is used by the body to repair tissue and nerves. All tissues of the body need it for normal metabolic functions. Properly bound copper also helps to reduce inflammation in the tissues of the body. In people that can't methylate it properly (change it to its necessary bound state), the copper ends up in the intestines unbound (not good) and causes a larger space so to speak between the cells of the intestines. Normally there are spaces between the cells to allow the proper nutrients to enter the blood stream and larger particles of watste are eliminated. With the unbound copper buildup (coppper toxicity) in the intestines the larger particles of waste get into the blood stream causing the white blood cells to have to work overtime. This is what is called "leaky gut sydrome". The body works overtime trying to fix the intestines and can't. I looked up copper toxicity and there has been a lot of research and studies done including at the Mayo clinic. There are links to quite a few auto-immune conditions and copper toxicity.<<<

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default....
sonia

Elmendorf Afb, AK

#576 Apr 20, 2009
I had the iud merina about 4 month ago ,i did not gain weight but i can't loose it eather .I am breast feeding i do 5 miles brisk walking 5 days a week ,still the same weight .Do i have to blame merina for all that. I never had a probleme with loosing weight before.please help.
maria Schonfeld

Leeds, UK

#577 Apr 24, 2009
I got the copper IUD Gynefix fitted last June and had it taken out 4 days ago- after 6 months of feeling awful. What I originally thought was a bad reaction to some major changes in my life (I finished college and started a new, stressful job) turned out to be linked to my IUD. It was not so much the bloating or heavy periods that did it for me (my periods stayed remarkably light) nor was it the weight gain- it was the fatigue and lack of energy that drove me completely insane and made me depressed for the large part of the winter. I started getting tired in August of last year, waking up feeling exhausted and feeling like i was mildly hungover all day- it was like i was living in a bubble and able to get out- too tired to do anything but come home from work and sleep sleep sleep. I did every blood test in the book, went to 4 doctors who all gave me a spiel about chronic fatigue and waved me out of their office. Convinced it was not depression or chronic fatigue i did my own internet research and saw a homeopath who advised I get my IUD taken out. I now realise that I have copper toxicity- all the symptoms make sense- the fatigue, the 'brain fog', the aches and pains. So after 5 months of searching for what oculd be wrong with me I have gotten my IUD removed and am feeling better already- this could be in my head but i swear i feel lighter and for the first time in AGES woke up feeling refreshed this morning... i imagine it may still take a while before i am back to my old energetic self doing what i love and being 100% but i think i am on my way. I wanted to thank everyone on this thread for their contributions- helped me realise i wasnt crazy! I will update next week on how things are progressing- if anyone else has had the fatigue symptoms in regards to the IUD- how long did it take before you were feeling normal again? Thanks again!
Cath

London, UK

#578 Apr 27, 2009
Hi there

I had the copper IUD fitted three months ago - I'm 30 and have no children and I found the aftermath agony actually. In the last six weeks I've put on fat around my stomach (despite starting to exercise regularly) and my stomach appears bloated and like I'm pregnant. My periods are a lot heavier, more frequent, last longer etc. What I am wondering is if anyone has found that the side effect of bloated, swollen tummy gets better with time. Reading some of the posts, I just want to get the thing removed, but wonder if I should wait to see if things improve.
I'd appreciate any advice!
Thanks!
Dezi

Mountain View, WY

#579 Apr 27, 2009
My doctor told me that the Mirena makes it VERY difficult to lose weight. VERY possiable!
Wendy

Lacey, WA

#580 Apr 27, 2009
So far I have found that the bloating gets worse over time. I'm really excited for the 7th to have mine removed. Hoping I feel better, even if it's all in my mind.
Cath wrote:
Hi there
I had the copper IUD fitted three months ago - I'm 30 and have no children and I found the aftermath agony actually. In the last six weeks I've put on fat around my stomach (despite starting to exercise regularly) and my stomach appears bloated and like I'm pregnant. My periods are a lot heavier, more frequent, last longer etc. What I am wondering is if anyone has found that the side effect of bloated, swollen tummy gets better with time. Reading some of the posts, I just want to get the thing removed, but wonder if I should wait to see if things improve.
I'd appreciate any advice!
Thanks!
Mercy

United States

#581 Apr 28, 2009
Thank you all for your wonderful comments, I have had my marina iud for two year and I have gained 25lbs I thought it was the progesterone, but after reading all your comments I realized it may be the iud it self. I was thinking about the copper but now condoms may do the trick, I am having it removed 5/15.Thank you all for your insightful comments.
dmontero333

Fayetteville, NC

#582 Apr 28, 2009
I have been thinking for awhile now to remove my copper IUD that I have had for 4yrs now. When I first got it I had no problems I actually had no problems then about 2 1/2 yrs ago I started packing on the pounds. I just turned 28 and in the last 2 1/2 yrs I haved gained 35lbs and I have done nothing different in my life. My friend told me her sister had the IUD and gained 35lbs then lost 40lbs after she got it out. So I am thinking of removing it but need something else or tie my tubes because I am very fertile.:-) Anyone else have the IUD and was fine first then had problems later on?
Wendy

Seattle, WA

#583 Apr 28, 2009
I was one who was fine at first, but over years it has gotten worse.
dmontero333 wrote:
I have been thinking for awhile now to remove my copper IUD that I have had for 4yrs now. When I first got it I had no problems I actually had no problems then about 2 1/2 yrs ago I started packing on the pounds. I just turned 28 and in the last 2 1/2 yrs I haved gained 35lbs and I have done nothing different in my life. My friend told me her sister had the IUD and gained 35lbs then lost 40lbs after she got it out. So I am thinking of removing it but need something else or tie my tubes because I am very fertile.:-) Anyone else have the IUD and was fine first then had problems later on?
2_asha india

Bangalore, India

#584 Apr 28, 2009
Does anyone know how long the effect of cooper toxicity lasts in the body post removal of the copper IUD? Any pointers to sites on information about the duration it would take for the copper to be out from the body after removal of the IUD would be greatly appreciated.
Its one month after i removed the IUD. My bloating has come down considerable but not the weight. I am not doing any exercises due to vertigo and it could be due to that i have not lost any weight. My condition of hives has come down drastically and i hope this is the end of it.

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