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I had my Paragard IUD put in about three years ago. I never had any trouble until now. I've been prone to yeast infections before I got the IUD. No biggie. Now I keep getting bacteria vaginosis. I got it once last April. Then I started getting it every month since about last August. Doctors have said that it might be caused by the IUD. Since apparently the copper can cause more infections and so on. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm getting REALLY tired of going to the doctor so much within the last few months. I NEVER had this problem until I got the IUD. I'm thinking of taking it out, but I'm scare, worried, etc. since the last time I took bc pills the hormones were too much for me. I was really moody. Now I was 21 at the time, so maybe that just comes with the age. ha. I'm 26 now and thinking I should try it again. I guess I can always try and if it doesn't work, move on to something else. Anyway, anyone ever had this problem with the IUD? Also, if anyone has ever had problems being SUPER moody on bc pills, what did you try and what do you like? Please help with any advice! Thanks!
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replied November 6th, 2009
IUD and bacteria vaginosis
I had never had a vaginal infection until after I had my IUD in. and it was bad, I ended up with several. Be careful when having it removed tho. It appears that the bacterial vaginosis may have spread into my uterus due to the string attached to the IUD itself. Honestly, have your dr check to make sure it didn't spread into your uterus before you have it out.
I had to have it out, my body was much too sensitive for it.
and I react badly to the hormones in bc pills. Moody, lose hair,gain weight, ect.

Now, my question is this. If the infection got into my uterus, how can I treat it? when pregnant???
aparantly my unborn child has a condition that could have been caused by an infection in my uterus. I am simply looking to find out if it is at all possible. Not looking for a lawsuit or money, and can you test for infections in the uterus while pregnant??? Does anyone know?
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replied November 7th, 2009
I have a Paraguard IUD and I am wondering if what I have is a vaginal infection. I consistently have whitish/yellow discharge, most noticeable after I use the bathroom and am wiping. I've also noticed that I have had a much stronger odor in the last couple of years, although I wouldn't say it's the same type of odor associated with BV (which I've had a more severe case of before and was treated with an Rx). I'm going to the doctor next week for another problem and am planning on asking about this.
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replied November 7th, 2009
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Hi and welcome to ehealth...I am not familiar with this myself, however I have heard women complain of this same thing...I would definitely ask him and if you have time, please let us know what he has to say on this....Take care...

Caroline
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replied December 8th, 2010
I have had the paraguard for the last five years. In Dec of last year I developed BV treated it with Flagyl and have had it again since Sept. Was treated both times with Flagyl and then developed a severe allergic reaction to that medication. I also got thrush from it killing all good bacteria in my body. I am having pain with or without intercourse, yellow discharge, no odor, itching and minor burning with urination. I have tried the other anti fungal with no change in result. I have a appointment tomorrow where I am going to have my IUD removed. My husband is going to get a vasectomy, so I do not need to be on long term BC. I do believe this is all related to my IUD
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replied March 18th, 2011
Have had the paraguard for a little over a year now. Recently have been getting vaginal infections myself, (yeast). A week or so before my period these infections begin. itchy, discharge, cottage cheese type, but no odor. I am not sure if it has anything to do with the birthcontrol, as I have had it for a whole year without any yeast infections. Past 3 months have been very painful with this constant infection. I am getting this checked out soon and if it turns out that the paraguard is causing these infections, then I am taking a break from birth control and just using condoms. Not worth going through pain.
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replied August 24th, 2011
Is this problem common with the Paragard?
I had the paragard after my first son with no problems at all. So I thought I would get it again after our second son was born and maybe two or three months after having it inserted I had reoccuring yeast infections, followed by bacterial vaginosis (BV), followed by terrible itching, burning, dry, and very very red. I asked my Doctor about this issue and she told me that the paragard had nothing to do with the problems I was having. So after 11/2 of doctors visits, pain with or without intercours, yeast infection after yeast infection, medication after medication I am on my way to the specialist. I am going to share the information with her and see what she thinks. I will post what she said and hopefully help some of you poor women that have dealt with this too. I feel bad for all of you but have comfort in knowing that I am not alone:)
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replied August 26th, 2011
BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS TREATMENT!!!!!
It took almost 1 yr of dr visits to determine a treatment for the BV that started after i got paraguard. which i will share with you all so LISTEN UP ANYONE SUFFERING FROM BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS!!!!

EDUCATION:
Bacterial Vaginosis is an overgrowth of the gardnerella bacteria in your vagina. This bacteria is an OPPORTUNISTIC bacteria, which means it is commonly found in your vagina, however if given the opportunity, it will take over and become, well, BV with all its horrible symptoms.
Your vagina is normally at a pH of 4 (similar to acidity level of orange juice). When we insert things (semen, tampons, etc) it can effect that pH bringing it closer to pH of 7 (similar to water). Gardnerella likes this. Lactobacillus (yes, just like in yogurt/probiotics) is also found in your vagina. This is the bacteria we WANT to remain "in charge" as it helps create the pH of 4 and keeps gardnerella from over growing. This is why it is important to take probiotics or eat yogurt regularly (not ALL of it survives the stomach but it helps) and refrain from putting chemicals (i.e.,frangranced tampons) in the vagina.

SOLUTION:
Flagyll and oral antibiotics, while killing the gardnerella, also kills the lactobacillus (hence antiBIOTIC vs antiGARNERELLA). Which may help temporarily, but in the long term you end up with an overgrowth again before the lactobacillus has a chance to build back up (who knew there were sensitive bacteria LoL). What needs to be done is create a hostile environment for the gardnerella, aka lower the pH to 4.
Boric acid suppositories will do this! The sound of it may be scary but trust me, they are a GODSEND! they are a bit hard to get as i had to get them from a compound pharmacist myself, but well worth it. I inserted 1 600mg boric acid supporitory vaginally every night for 2 weeks (i had been struggling with BV for almost 9 months) and then 1x/wk there after (ESPECIALLY after intercourse). Within a week i felt great, after the 2 weeks i KNEW it was gone. I have been BV free for 1 yr now and cant tell you how easy it was once someone EXPLAINED what was happening to my body!
Good Luck to you all, i hope this offers a solution you might consider... and Sorry for all the words, but i think people should be educated about what is happening in their bodies before they decide what drugs to/not to take.
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replied April 19th, 2012
Where do I find them?
Hi!

Do you know the best spot to find these suppositories? I am interested in giving them a try. I suffer from reaccurrent infections as well. I looked on line but I have only found oral supplements of 250 mg. Is this something I need an RX for?
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replied April 19th, 2012
Where do I find them?
Hi!

Do you know the best spot to find these suppositories? I am interested in giving them a try. I suffer from reaccurrent infections as well. I looked on line but I have only found oral supplements of 250 mg. Is this something I need an RX for?
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replied March 3rd, 2012
Copper IUD use and my experience
Here is the thing I too was on oral contraceptives for over 20 years, though I might be going thru menopause soon and switched to the IUD copper per OB's suggestion. I too went thru boughts of severe cramping, bleeding- only to be told this is normal Now 4 years later I ended up in the emergency room with 105*F fever and severe crippling pain- only to find a large cyst . I ended up in surgery for removal of the cuyst and if need be a hystorectomy and the doctor pathology report indicated widespread endometriosis ( bladder and intestines were attached to the ovaries)caused by a severe chronic and acute infection due to the IUD we think--- I never had any issues prior until I got the IUD, I also experienced weird infections, colds, allergies, staph cultures in my nose, ear aches, severe acne all being treated with antibiotics and every papsmear I took each year showed normal.Since my immune system was compromised and focusing on the chronic infection in my uterus because of the IUD my system could not fight off normal everyday encounters. Note- I never had any discharge but If you are you best see your OB immediately and get treated with antibiotics you do not want this to end up as a chronic infection. I have since had my IUD removed obviously, I am in the percentage that had a reaction. My endometriosis will be with me the rest of my life - I am close to menopause so with the decrease in estrogen the inflamation will be decrease and the pain- my only other option is to go on estrogen therapy until that happens. I am so angry- If I had stayed on birth control this would not be an issue now.
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replied August 14th, 2012
ParaGard I.U.D.
Remove your paragard iud, it almost killed my wife. It caused an abdominal infection that started in her ovaries causing them to burst and filling her abdomen with infection so badly that it glued her organs together and crushed part of her colon an ruptured her bowell. She had emergency historectomy and a colonostemy which three feet of her colon was removed and now she has to wear a colostomy bag over her exposed bowell. Im begging you ladies please think very long and hard before you get this implant and if you have one already pull it out, your life and well being could be at risk!!!!!!
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replied September 5th, 2012
Has anyone had their IUD removed yet, and if so, have the discharge and fishy odor went away!! Scheduled mine to be removed in two weeks. Love life in the toilet, husband doesn't want to sleep with me, embarrasing odor. Please please let me know. Antibiotics do not work.
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replied November 3rd, 2012
help, someone! please?!!
I have had my paraguard for almost two years and have gone to the doctors with about 10 cases of BV. Put on antibiotics only to find that with sex the BV came back. I am so fed up with the pain, the unpleasant symptoms and the doctor's visits. If anyone knows more about probiotics or the boric acid treatment someone has referred to please let me know.

Struggling and not even wanting to have sex, someone please help!!!
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replied November 16th, 2012
Immediately after removal of my paragard, all of my BV symptoms vanished. No odor, no discharge, nothing. So I know for a fact if you are susceptible to BV or any vaginal infection.. please don't get paragard... There's no point in having birth control if you can't have sex.
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replied February 13th, 2013
Thank you ladies for sharing the problem we are facing which we are not able to discuss with someone who is not facing the same thing.
l have my Paragard for 2yrs now. the problem is the same rec curing infections before and after the periods. have taken uti antibiotics until it is too much. l visited the doc last week with the same infection and the urine culture was done. it was negative due to the treatment. have been advice to remove it. am so worried on what to use now. l hate hormones. please good friends any ideas.
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replied February 22nd, 2013
BV relief advice
My wife has had the Paraguard IUD coming up on 10 years now. In doing some research with her about what to replace it with, I found this page and wanted to give some advice.

A few years after getting Paraguard, my wife started to get BV infections, which she'd not previously had. Typically these presented within a few days of the end of period, but not every time. At first her OBGYN prescribed antibiotics, but that's a pain. After further research and discussion with her OBGYN, she learned about boric acid. You can get it by prescription as well, but it's far cheaper and easier to use than antibiotics. When my wife "feels like" there's a BV issue (she describes it that her uterus "feels heavy"), she inserts a gel-cap pill that contains some amount of boric acid in powder form. The gel-cap dissolves and the boric acid corrects the PH level without killing off the good bacteria, without having to take antibiotics for multiple days and without any pain (for those worried about "acid"). Typically she only needs one pill at the end of period, sometimes two (one per day is max recommended).

While the BV has been an unfortunate side-effect of the Paraguard, the boric acid pills have worked well to provide relief and we're both still believers in IUDs in general.

Now we just need to decide: Paraguard or Mirena. I've read plenty of bad cases where the mirena has "moved" and, in some cases, caused damage. I haven't found similar complaints about Paraguard. Anybody out there have experience with both?
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replied August 8th, 2013
I have experience with both Mirena and ParaGard IUD's. First I had the Mirena in for the maximum 5 years. I had no issues with it - no infections. My period got very light, and seemed to dwindle more and more each month. The last 6 months I was seeing no bleeding at all.

When it came time to remove it, I decided to switch to the ParaGard. I thought it would be more natural to have my period back and be artificial hormone free. I've had the ParaGard for about a month now, and as soon as the initial bleeding ceased, I immediately got BV, which is why I've found this page. I'm 28 and I've never had a BV infection before after many partners and birth control methods over the years (the pill, depo-provera shot, etc.). I'm very frustrated - I really want the ParaGard to work for me, but chronic BV infections just don't seem to be worth it. I am very against using antibiotics unless it's a dire situation, so when I see my OBGYN next week, I will ask her about the boric acid. I hope it does the trick!
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replied April 11th, 2013
I too had the paraguard and one month of having it, I developed a horrible case of BV. I have never had BV before and after 3 months of non-stop bv infections I had my doctor remove my IUD. I found that douching with 1/4 cup filtered water and 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide helps to clean out your uterus I do this when I feel the BV is coming back. None of the pills or gels my doctor has given me have helped. Drinking lots of water has helped. I only have the discomfort burning sensation and some discharge. I would not recommend the boric way as that can cause serious harm. Also taking an auto immune booster can help. Stay away from chocolate and sugary foods. If anyone has a full way of curing BV and to keep it away please post!
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replied May 30th, 2013
IUD and BV
Hi i have had bv about 12 times in the last 2 years since having the IUD put in and i have been recommended to have it removed because ive been told it may be causing it. I found Relact Gel good for the treatment of the BV.
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replied July 9th, 2013
I had 2 kids in a 23 months span & I had my daughter in January 2013. I decided that we should wait to have more kids so that I don't have so many toddlers. I am 34 & never had to worry about birth control. I am not sure why that is me & my husband have been married since 2004 & only had 1 pregnancy that ended in miscarriage. I got my IUD in on 03-29-13 & in April I had a normal period. Then comes June 1st & I started to spot everyday to the 17th & then I have had a horrible period with heavy clumps & bad PMS with a the worst case of BV- Bacterial Vaginosis.I have never had any kind of yeast infection or BV before this. The BV feels like you are missing layers of vaginal skin & when you use the bathroom it burns something offal & wiping is just bad. I can not use pads anymore & I'm starting to have issues with tampons. Today is 07-09-13 & I am still having heavy bleeding with large blood clots that has not stopped since I started on 06-17-13. I got this because I wanted something w/o hormones. I wanted to have something that would last longer. WHAT A BAD IDEA!!! I have a doctors appt to have this thing removed I cant take this any longer. I thought that I should share my story & tell anybody that is thinking of having one of these things put in to NOT USE THE PARAGUARD IUD. I would rather use condoms than to go through the pain of this long period & bad case of BV. Thanks for reading
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