got the paraguard IUD back in 2003 six weeks after my daughter was born.
Ive had my IUD for nearly 9 years. For the first 5-8 yrs I loved my iud and had no real problems other than longer periods 7-8 days long. However for about the past year+ Ive been getting infection after infection after infection. Going back and forth between BV and yeast infections and its only been getting worse. I have gotten a yeast every single month for the past 8 months!!!! bad ones to. Ive been tested twice over for evey std under the sun, hiv, diabeaties,etc.
My vagina has been tortured so much that the skin has thinned and when I do get the infections my skin down there is so red swollen and raw it cracks open. I have to use an estrogen cream to strengthen the skin and sex is almost always painful for me.
I have not taken antibiotics or steroids or any rx's (beside yeast infection meds) in over a year so thats not why Im getting yeast infections. Im married and in a monogamous realationship. Both me and my husband have been treated to rule out us passing the infection back and forth. Ive also been seeing my normal doc and a dermatologist b/c Ive had weight gain and hairloss. hypothyroid runs in my family so I keep a constant eye on that and have my levels checked often. My thyroid is within normal range but I have a goiter.
Any way Ive recently been wondering if there is a connection with my hairloss and infections. I came across several forums of women describing the same symptoms as me and also came across a copper toxicity possibility.
since I've just have this gut feeling its due to my IUD (maybe only because ive had sooo long) so yesterday after having one of the worst yeast infections ever over the weekend I had the paraguard removed. When the doctor pulled out the IUD it was BLACK. He said he had never removed one that was black before. I may never know if the IUD is the reason Im going through what I am but I had to find out. And since Ive had it for almost nine years its not like Im losing my moneys worth. I hope that after having it removed I finally get rid of this vicious cycle of infections for good. So Im putting my self through a trial run, no BC other then watching my ovulation and condoms I want to give my body a chance to heal itself and recover. I may go back to the paraguard but I want to see how my body reacts to its removal first. Wish me luck.
I often thought through all this maybe 10 years is too long and it should be reduced to 5-7 years usage.