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Nausea with Paragard?

Hi ladies.

I'm 24, never had kids, and got my Paragard in early May. For only the last month or so, I've been experiencing some pretty spectacular nausea almost every single day. I've had a period in the middle of it and the bf and I also use condoms and none have broken so pregnancy is pretty much out of the question. It didn't even occur to me that it might be the IUD until I remembered a friend of mine mentioning in passing after getting her Mirena that she was having some nausea. I looked it up to see if it is a legit side effect. I saw it listed on some "compare birth control" websites, but it didn't say if it was unique to Mirena.

I guess I'm just looking to see if anyone else with Paragard has had persistent, inexplicable nausea and if so, if there was anything you could do about it or if it went away on its own. Of course, it may be any number of other things, so feel free to tell me if you think I'm crazy so I can start barking up another tree.


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Jul. 16th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I have Mirena, not Paragard, but have also been experiencing nausea for about a week. Like you, my periods have been normal since insertion May 12. And like you have no chance of being pregnant. Other than the hormones in my Mirena, our situations seems very similar. Wish I had an answer for you, but thought it may be somewhat helpful to know you aren't alone. I'm anxious to see if anyone else has had the same problem and if they have any advice for us. Hang in there and hope you feel better soon (me too)!
Jul. 16th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
i have only had mine a week so i dont know. i can tell you ive read all kinds of stuff about paragard tho, and ive never heard of nausea with it, only with mirena. if i were you id go to the dr and get checked, because nausea can be caused by so many other things.
Jul. 16th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
The ParaGard is hormonally inert, and physically cannot cause symptoms outside of the area it touches. The Mirena, on the other hand, has hormones and can therefore cause various hormonal side-effects. But since you have a ParaGard, I would investigate other possible causes, because the ParaGard it not the likely culprit.
Jul. 16th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
IAWTC 100%

Mirena is also unlikely to cause nausea as its hormone is largely localised to the uterus area, and such a tiny dose (for example, I had nausea on a low-estrogen pill, but not with Mirena). But it does happen.
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm coming at this not from a hormone perspective but from a foreign-object-causing-bodily-unrest perspective. In researching a little more, I found this thread where a couple of women had nausea problems with Paragard. I'm not discounting the Paragard despite the lack of hormones because I have had a similar, inexplicable, foreign-object-causing-bodily-unrest problem wherein I get headaches from tampons. There's no reason why I should only get headaches when I use tampons and not when I use pads or a cup, but there you have it. And the tampon thing isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of deal; for the longest time I couldn't figure out why I would get headaches during some periods and not others until I realized one day that the headache went away after I removed my last tampon and threw on a pad. Then the pattern revealed itself. Soooo... yeah, I'll definitely not discount other reasons for the nausea as well and will try to get in with a doctor sometime soon, but I don't think that hormones are the only cause of strange side effects when just having a foreign body in one's uterus (or vag, in the case of my tampon problem) could trigger ickiness in other parts of the body.

Just my experience and opinion, mind you ;)
Jul. 16th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I really dislike those sort of blogs because they're always so IUD-negative. iud_divas is one of the few sites on the whole interwebs that's IUD-positive. The woman in the OP seems to be discounting the fact that she just got her cycle back after having a baby, and that's what's likely causing her nausea, not the ParaGard, especially since she'd had the ParaGard for two years at that point. Nausea and various other PMS symptoms during ovulation are not rare, with or without an IUD. Plus, it's a rarity when someone shows a reliable source on one of those blogs (this site being an exception), choosing instead to rely on various anti-IUD anecdata (one poster even says "ya'll made me want to have mine taken out now" - needlessly negative when the PMS, heavy bleeding/cramps, and spotting the posters are experiencing are normal).

It sucks for readers who have legitimate questions, because we as readers most of the time have no idea what other factors are contributing to a poster's symptoms if we just take the poster's word for it, when they don't consider all likely causes. There's so much misinformation in that thread it's saddening me; these posters are relying on outdated or blatantly false information. Ectopic pregnancy is less likely with an IUD. IUD's are not a barrier method. Pregnancy is as likely as with surgical sterilization. And I've never read that you "should" try another method of birth control if the IUD is still giving you "problems" after six months. And what is this "occasional undetected pregnancy" that they're talking about, and why do they seem so sure it's happening with their IUD?

The foreign-object-causing-bodily-unrest possibility is another issue. It isn't likely, but if it is happening, it's likely to diminish as you adjust (3-6 months typically). Were you on HBC before getting the ParaGard? If so, it's most likely that your body is either adjusting to its natural hormone state, or having symptoms as your body gets used to ovulating again.
Jul. 13th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Nausea with Paragard
I chose Paragard to finally free myself from hormonal birth control - I had been on the pill for 15 years and was simply ready to find out what my body is like without it. I recently had Paragard inserted (about a week ago actually) and have had continuous nausea ever since. Spotting and cramping were gone within a couple of days of insertion. I have spoken with my doctor, a couple of her nurses, and some friends and family that are in the medical world or have an IUD - their response is give it some time so my body can adjust to having a foreign object in me. Our bodies can take a while to adapt, but should settle down within 6-months (at most). While copper is something that we ingest on a daily basis, my body may also be reacting to an increased level (although very minute) due to Paragard and needs to adjust to that as well.
Nov. 9th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Paragard - nausea
I have had my Paragard IUD a month or so. The day after insertion, I had nausea that got worse as the day progressed, much the same way my morning sickness with my 2 kids. I threw up that day and was in bed by 8pm, feeling nauseous with a 99.6 fever. The next day I wasn't nauseuous, but felt bloated and my stomach just felt sour. 2 days later I didn't have much of an appetite, 3 days later I had diarrhea. After this first week, everything got much better. I have no idea if any of this was related to the IUD or just a coincidence but I tend to be sensitive to medicine and in tune with my body so I think perhaps it may have been a reaction to the copper/foreign object. Since that first week, I have not had bloating, nausea, fever, pain, or a loss in sex drive and sex doesn't hurt at all like others report. My first period was only a little bit heavier and longer with no cramps! Goes to show everyone is different. I write this to give hope to other women who may have similar symptoms the week after placement. I was so close to having it yanked that week but so far am glad I stuck it out.
Sara Cole
May. 29th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
I just got my paraguard 3 weeks ago. I had a bit of nausea, cramping, and sore popping joints the first week but then felt pretty good for a few weeks. I believe my period is about to start soon now, as I have had some spotting and its coming up to my scheduled time. I have now had pretty bad nausea again and Ive never had PMS symptoms so this is strange to me. I don't know if its my body adjusting or something else. Hoping this subsides though because its no fun feeling like I'm about to puke all the time.
It seems impossible to find useful info when looking up this stuff as most people just post their awful experiences and tell people to never get an IUD. It would be great if more people started blogs about their positive experiences and how they felt along the way.
Emily Hallock
Aug. 27th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
I agree, I don't think it's right to post a horrible and awful experience as "advice". Every woman's experience with BC ( Birth Control ) is going to be different, and probably the majority of women on a certain type like Paragard will be just fine. It's not fair to make someone feel so worried about something great they've just done, sharing a negative experience is fine but you shouldn't just crush their whole outlook on the subject.
It's 2014 now and we've come a long way with BC. I visited my OB two days ago to have my Paragard installed, lol. Today I'm experiencing some bleeding, backache, nausea, indigestion, but not many cramps. ( Yet. ) My OB said to expect some bleeding, cramps, nausea, faintness and dizziness. She said to wait 72 hours before having sex, and I've come to trust her word. I'm pretty sensitive to medicines and such so I'm not surprised my body is going wacko from my IUD. Like I said, every woman is different so we may have different symptoms. However, make sure your OB goes over things and symptoms to be concerned about! Just try your best to relax and if you're feeling down about your Paragard, just remember the GREAT positives. It's non-hormonal so you won't need to deal with that, especially acne..lol. It's 99.2-99.4% effective in preventing pregnancy so if you're with a steady boo you're good to go! ( And he's going to love it. ) It's very safe and comfortable, ( once your body is adjusted! ) Paragard is VERY low maintenance..all you need to do is check your strings. It's reliable for up to 10 years! Every BC method has a chance for failure and complications so don't pick on Paragard, pills fail all the time and so do condoms. Hopefully having Paragard will make you feel powerful and in control of your body once it's adjusted. Like I said, just try to relax and baby yourself for a little while, ( Ginger can help with nausea, ginger ale, ginger candy, ginger tea, etc. ) you've made a great choice and it's wonderful to see more women turning to reliable BC these days!
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