Stephanie’s Story

I had the Paragard copper IUD in for nearly 4 years when without warning, it partially expelled and one of the arms embedded in my uterine lining. The device became useless for contraception and I became pregnant. I was never warned of the risks of an embedded IUD, nor what to do if I became pregnant. I spent a night in the ER as they assessed if I had an ectopic pregnancy, which was ruled out, but when they attempted to remove the IUD, that was when they discovered it was embedded in my uterine lining and they did not have the proper tools to remove it. I left the ER in much physical pain with no resolution. I needed 4 blood draws, to check the pregnancy hormone levels, 2 transvaginal ultrasounds, and finally was able to get my iud removed & pregnancy tissue removed at my drs office.

The whole experience has not only been physically traumatic, but mentally and emotionally traumatic as I was not warned of the risks of becoming pregnant on an IUD.
It has put a roadblock in my marriage with my husband. I did not want another IUD inserted after this experience, and I’m afraid of having sex again as I never want to experience this again. I’m also left with many medical bills from this experience.
I thought I was doing the responsible thing by being on birth control, but it failed me & caused much turmoil for me.

It’s been a few months since this happened to me, and after having the IUD removed, I no longer have debilitating fatigue, daily headaches, random dizzy spells, and my mood has improved, I’m not as irritable as I was when I was on the IUD. I don’t have awful pmdd symptoms for 2 weeks out of my cycles, too. And my hair texture has improved too.

Submitted on December 20, 2021

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