Weight Gain and Paragard
I can't stand my stomach right now. It has only gotten worse since insertion in February. If I let it out as far as it can go naturally, I look 6 months pregnant. I was a size 4 and 127 lbs at insertion, and have never fluctuated very much in weight unless I ate much more than usual. But after insertion I very quickly (within a couple weeks) became a size 6+ in my pants and am now about 136 lbs. It seems to mostly be around my stomach. I didn't have this dramatic of a weight gain even on the Pill. A quick google of other sites doesn't seem to indicate that it will go away.
Scientifically I'm not sure what might be causing this. I've heard of people taking zinc to counteract the copper because of hair loss and other symptoms, but I can't find any evidence that the copper would cause the weight issues. I read something else that suggested that the inflammation of the uterus might cause the weight gain.
I feel disgusting enough to want to get the IUD taken out (i.e. I won't be able to wear a bathing suit this summer because people WILL think I'm pregnant), but I can't because it's the most bearable birth control out there for me and I need to stick with it. I'm just so frustrated.... sex just isn't worth it for me (although my relationship is).