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February 5th, 2013, 09:10 PM
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I'm irritated tonight. LOL I've had my IUD for 6 months now and have really had no major issues with it. The only "symptom" I've really had is hair loss? I really couldn't find anything online about it but about a month after I had it put in I started losing a lot of hair. At month 6 it's finally stopped and my hair loss is back to normal. But tonight....UGH! I started my period last wednesday and was thinking I was about done this morning, but tonight I started bleeding all over again and am having cramps like I get when I first start. Usually I have cramps days 1 and 2, not day 6!!!

What has your experiences been with paraguard if you've had one???

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February 8th, 2013, 04:14 PM
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Many women experience hair loss due to the Paraguard. It's a sign of Copper Toxicity, which is kind of similar to an allergic reaction. Your body is reacting to the copper in the IUD.

As for heavy and irregular bleeding, those also common side effects of the Paragard. At insertion, your doctor should have given you a sheet that lists the potential side effects and health risks. Irregular/heavy/painful bleeding is on there. The reason for it is because the Paragard works by causing irritation and inflammation to the uterine lining, to prevent an embryo from implanting. This inflammation is what causes the heavier bleeding.
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February 12th, 2013, 05:45 PM
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I know the information about the paraguard and how it works. I wouldn't have blindly gotten it otherwise. Just had never seen hair loss in any of the reading material. My bleeding has not been any heavier than before I had it. Just had a couple extra days this month and that's the only time I've had anything different happen. Was wondering about women's personal experiences with it.

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February 13th, 2013, 10:26 PM
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I had the paraguard twice now. The first time was from 2005 to 2009. I bled very heavy on the paraguard, but not to much cramping. I was also taking cancer treatment at the time (reason for the paraguard was for bc and breast cancer at the same time). The drugs I was taking was likely the cause of the heavy bleeding. Never had hair loss, I did not know that was a side effect. Could you be tested for a copper intolerance from your dr? Not sure if this is the cause, but worth looking into.

I also had the paraguard put back in last year after my 6th baby was born. Because of so many children, the paraguard would not stay in place and fell out the 2nd. month back in. I became pregnant again the month after (was scheduled for the Ensure procedure, but never made it...lol). I absolutely loved the paraguard....no hormones, 99% effective, never had to worry about becoming pg. Hoping you can find out what is causing this hair loss.....I would also get your thyroid tested....maybe a weird coinsidence (msp) that you have hair loss while on the paraguard. I know thyroid issues can cause a huge hair loss.
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March 20th, 2013, 05:20 AM
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I too had hair loss, but I had just had a baby and I always loose lots of hair. It was the normal amount for me. AF actually got lighter for me while on the paraguard. I'd think it was a strange cycle unless the cramps get worse then normal. Its possible for an IUD to perforate the uterine wall. I imagine that would cause cramping and bleeding.

I just noticed that this post was from last month. What ended up happening?
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