I am looking for other stories of women who became pg on the copper IUD, specifically (the Mirena is a different breed). It's hard to find good info out there about this so let's keep this thread focused to help others looking for this info. :-)
Here's my situation: I had my Paragard IUD for nearly 7 years with normal regular periods, no cramps, etc. I have 3 healthy school-aged children. I was shocked when I suddenly began experiencing pg symptoms. I am very in tune with my body and something was up even though I had not yet missed a period. It started with waking in the middle of the night to a cramping on one side of my abdomen. It didn't hurt but was uncomfortable and kept me awake for several hours (NOT like me at all!) Then I began having sensitive breasts, gassiness/bloating, frequent urination, and a sort of metallic scent to my urine that I have ONLY experienced in pg. I had this sudden KNOWING that I was pg. This was completely out of the blue and unplanned.
The week before my period was due (I am NEVER early), I had a clear jelly- looking discharge, then very faint light pink spotting when I wiped, then a bit brownish. Then I started passing small mucousy dark clots that would slip to the bottom of the toilet when I peed. There was really no bleeding, no cramping, no pain, no tissue. It never filled even a pantyliner. It smelled nothing like a period. I wondered if I was having an early m/c? I went in to see my DR on Day 26 (I get my AF on Day 29/30) and asked her to remove the IUD b/c I felt weird having it there (WAS it even there?!). She found it, along with the blood from the clots, and removed it after about 15 minutes of trying. She said my cervix was closed. Hm. She ran a series of tests thinking I might be peri-menopausal, though I didn't think so (I'm 39).
So...the tests came back...neg for PG, hormones perfect (no sign of imbalance) and thyroid great.
After I left the DR, I immediately started feeling better down there. It was tender for a day or 2, and all clotting immediately began subsiding. Within 24 hours, pretty much all spotting had disappeared. There is NO sign of my period whatsoever.
I feel pg. My breasts are full & heavy, I have a funny taste in my mouth and wake up with cottonmouth, my lower belly is distended and my pants are tight around the waist though I haven't gained weight. I'm starting to feel tired and have slight nausea. If I am pg, it would be about 5 weeks. I've been taking dollar store tests which all come back neg.
What is going on? I guess only time will tell. Fortunately, my DR is treating me with respect and said we could run more tests in a week or so. (I should mention that I am a very healthy, fit and active 39yo.)
So, if you've become pg on the Copper IUD, what has been your experience? I'd love to hear it! All of it and any of it! What were your symptoms, when did you find out, what was the outcome? Was there any bleeding or clotting?
I know this was long, but thought it would be helpful to others to document my process.
Looking forward to hearing from you!:-)