I wrote first-hand testimonies about the copper IUD a few years ago, but there have been so many serious issues with this IUD that I am re-visiting the topic to create a more in-depth post to hopefully reach more women.
Many natural-minded women choose this form of birth control because it is one of the very few, non-hormonal options on the market. The most popular brand of this IUD is Paragard.
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What is Paragard (Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive)?
Paragard is a copper-releasing device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. The benefits noted of Paragard are that it is non-hormonal, easy to get inserted by a doctor and you do not have to worry about daily, weekly or monthly birth control pills, patches or shots.
How Does The Copper IUD Work?
How does Paragard prevent pregnancy? How it works is the FIRST problem! “The contraceptive effectiveness of ParaGard is enhanced by copper continuously released into the uterine cavity. Mechanism(s) by which copper enhances contraceptive efficacy include interference with sperm transport and fertilization of an egg, and possibly prevention of implantation.”
To put it bluntly, you are basically poisoning your uterine cavity with toxic amounts of copper to the point where you can not reproduce. This extreme anomaly is not going to go on inside your body without side effects.
Paragard Side Effects: The Mystery
Just like all medications and medical devices, you should always look at the insert that comes in the package or given by your doctor. Sometimes you may be surprised at what you find…or don’t find. When I went to view the “FULL” Prescribing Information section, I went to side effects to see nothing but a few mild side effects like backache, menstrual cramps and dizziness. Then I see, “This is not a complete list of side effects”.
So how is a woman supposed to make an informed decision about her birth control method if she does not have all of the information!?
I did some further research and found some more vital information.
Abdominal infection or adhesions (scar tissue)
Allergy to copper
Cervical infection or erosion
Cysts on ovaries and tubes
Embedment (IUD surrounded by uterine tissue)
Expulsion (IUD comes completely or partially out of the uterus)
Fainting and pain at the time of insertion or removal
Fragmentation (breakage) of the IUD
Spotting between periods
Pelvic infection (PID), which may result in surgical removal of your reproductive organs, including hysterectomy
Perforation of the uterus (womb) or cervix (IUD passes through uterine tissue)
Prolonged or heavy menstrual flow
Infected miscarriage followed, in some cases, by blood poisoning, which can lead to death
Source: List taken from ParaGard T 380A manufacturer’s patient package on Contracept.org
The Truth About Copper IUDs
That list left out a few, really important side effects.
I have seen those side effects listed on other sites, but not directly on the package insert. Not only has my own sister and two friends of mine personally dealt with these complications from the IUD, but thousands of other women are dealing with the same debilitating symptoms without knowing what is going on. Multiple women come to me asking for advice, and they all sound exactly the same.
They ask me for help to figure out what is going on. First, they are so extremely tired. More tired than they’ve ever been. More tired than they know is normal. Their friends and families tell them they must just be stressed, overwhelmed, a new Mom, whatever it is. The concerns are dismissed by others, but the women always know they were Never. That. Tired.
Then, the “Blues” or depression comes in. Often times the women were either already on depression medication or they have had a history of depression in the past. They can’t understand why they were feeling so down, so tightly wound up on the inside but quiet and still on the outside. Their sparkle dimmed and they just wanted it back.
I don’t take depression lightly because I have been through it. It’s the darkest dark and no one deserves to feel that isolation. It infuriates me that something that is marketed as safe can be destroying womens’ quality of life all around the world.
I always ask about diet patterns and then I ALWAYS ask if the person is on birth control. The response I get? “Yeah, but I am on the copper IUD. It’s non-hormonal”. The women never suspect that a tiny little copper device that contains no hormones could be the culprit to their destructive symptoms.
Ask any doctor about the copper levels in the Paragard IUD and they will say that it contains no more than you already consume daily in your diet. Well that’s incredibly inaccurate. The copper levels need to be in excess to halt reproduction.
Although western medicine claims that copper exposure from an IUD is not toxic, there have been many accounts of negative side effects from the copper IUD that have been linked to excess copper. (Source)
If a body receives more copper that it can handle, especially when zinc is not supplemented, a woman can experience significant side effects. Increased copper levels are especially detrimental to women because of natural estrogen. Estrogen facilitates the retention of copper which leads to most of the symptoms below.
Symptoms of Excess Copper
Feelings of doom
Fatigue and exhaustion
Hypothyroid (slow thyroid)
Mind is in a fog
Cold hands, and/or feet
Feeling of loss of control
Despair, suicidal feelings, hopelessness
Arthritis, calcium spurs
Racing heart, pounding heart
Adverse reaction to vitamins and minerals
Problems with concentration and memory
Short attention span, ‘spaciness’
Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, overeating
Panic attacks, high anxiety, free floating anxiety
Yeast infections (candida)
Aching muscles or muscle cramps
Mind races — insomnia, interrupted sleep
Low blood pressure
Read more about the effects of the Paragard Copper IUD on this dedicated Facebook Page, Paragard, Don’t Get One.
So, Now What?
If you have a copper IUD inserted, make an appointment with your gynecologist to get it taken out. Consider a heavy metal detox as soon as you can. Some natural supplements that I would recommend detoxing metals from the body would be the following:
Bentonite Clay (Great to put in baths)
As far as birth control is concerned, I get it. You want to be in control of when or if you will have another baby. The safest way to do this is natural family planning. It’s not as easy as taking a pill, patch or IUD, but it does have real benefits. You get to know your body, trust your body and depend on your body and you are not jeopardizing your health. To learn more about the natural family planning method, check out this website.
Have you ever experienced side effects from the Copper IUD? Share your story below.
Love & Light,