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#1 A2M

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 02:43 PM

The past forum about the paragard copper IUD contributing to acne has been archived so I would like to start a new topic.

I am not quick to jump to conclusions from what I read on the Internet. I am wondering if women have stories related to the copper (non-hormonal) IUD and acne?

My story:
-Acne as teen.
-Went on Yaz at age 19 and saw acne gradually improve. Would still get pimples but it was manageable acne.
-Switched to Yasmin, a lower hormone pill at 21 due to doctors recommendation regarding blood clot issues related to Yaz. Acne did not change much, maybe a little worse.
-Went off pill 7 months later when I had copper IUD inserted. Had side effects like heavier/longer periods and cramps for first year. It was hard to tell what was a side effect of going off the pill and what was a side effect of the IUD. Acne became horrible. Scaring, cystic, acne. Topical medications not helping.
-It had been almost 2 years and I have been hoping my hormones would normalize with time but my acne is still worse than it was before birth control as a teen.

Anybody with similar issues? Anybody remove paragard and see skin improve?

I like the long term contraceptive and my body has adjusted well with time. However, my skin is terrible and I am wondering if removing the IUD will help. It would be a huge disappointment to remove it and have my skin remain the same since I otherwise like the IUD and my friends have not broken out after getting paragard.

I do not live in the US anymore and I don't think that accutane is an option in my country. Regardless the side effects are scary.

I went on the IUD because it is more effective and non-hormonal and I am shying away from chemicals (like accutane and other treatments) but want this terrible acne to go away!

Please share!

#2 acnefromparagard

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:40 AM

Hey A2M,
I read your post and joined the forum so I could share my experience with you.
I had my paragard removed this December due to cystic acne I believe was attributed to the iud amongst a gamut of other issues that may or may not have been related. The hard part is that my derm could not say that the Paragard was cause because when you suffer from such painful recurring acne you throw everything you can at it. Monthly facials new skin care regiments, elimination of all regimens. Vitamin supplements, doxycycline. When I got the iud I was a relatively healthy 32 yr old. I had my iud put in in dec 2010 after having my second son & ultimately at age 35 I went to get a breast reduction mommy makeover and was diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma. My vitamin levels went out of whack. My iron low and anxious all the time which my docs said was post partum. They all look at the Paragard as a harmless thing. But you need to read your own body and decide what it's worth. The copper levels can be cumalative and will only get worse over the 9 yrs you have it. My backside got the same painful acne my face did. I have been acne free since 2 weeks after my iud was removed. It's been a relief. I might mention I take Zyrtec and singulair for environmental allergies and there are reports of Paragard interacting with some of these kinds drugs. If you are allergy prone or have sensitivities the use of Paragard might be the wrong choice. If you need the Paragard... Ask your derm for doxycycline long term therapy... Or go natural with some anti inflammatory supplements. I tried turmeric. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:15 AM

Hi A2M,

I am 34 and had the copper IUD for seven months.  I have never had perfect skin, but I started to get crazy acne after about four months.  I had the IUD removed and gradually my face recovered.  Four months later I am back to normal.  

I liked the idea of having a non-hormonal bc, but my body obviously reacted really badly to the copper.  It's not worth the tradeoff.  It is so good not to have to worry about my skin all of the time and not to dread going out.  

Please update us if you decide to get the Paraguard removed. Good luck.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:43 PM

I had the paragard done 3 months ago in this 3 last months my acne is crazy out of control. I went to my dermatologist today and she confirmed my feeling that this was contributed to my IUD. She sees it as a growing trend for woman and cystitis acne with the Cooper IUD coming in to see her. I now have scars because of the cysts n this IUD is DEFINITELY coming out next week. I'm disappointed as I had really hoped that a non hormonal IUD would be good. I'm 39 years old n I guess I'll be using condoms until I find another alternative. Ugh...feeling hopeless

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 11:03 PM

I too had the same reaction with the copper iud. The problem is really the lack of hormones from the BC we had been on prior to the iud insertion. In the one month that I had it in (had a number of other awful side effects and had it taken out) my skin went from ok-sweaty summer breakout to full out cystic acne and bumps. I am currently attempting damage control. I would absolutely not recommend the copper iud to any woman with a history of acne or minor/slight hormonal acne. 



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:15 AM

My thought on this for most people responding to this post is this. If your used to being on a BC pill or shot that has hormones in it. The hormones are going to do one of two things.

1. It may improve your acne.
2. It may give you acne.

Hormones don't agree with all of us ladies and that is where the non hormonal IUD might be a good choice. Some ladies just want the pregnancy protection and have fair skin, so they aren't looking for hormonal treatments for ance.

If you were on a BC for acne and it cleared you, moving to a non hormonal IUD like paragard, will regulate your hormones. Then you have a high chance of your skin returning to it's old pattern, I'm afraid.

You mentioned your trying to get away from medications and what not, you could always try saw palmetto or something along those lines to try and treat it naturally. For me the best choice was Spiro, not a natural remedy, but it controls my acne completely. Maybe a spot will crop up here and there. Also depending on where you are living it might be hard to obtain spiro. US seems to be the only country that prescribes it for it's off label success with hormonal acne.
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 01:07 PM

Same here for acne and Paragard.  I had it for 2005-2011 and had it removed due a rare but fatal uterine infection. 

 

I experienced severe acne through much of this time, but also while it was removed. 

 

A woman I know had extreme complications with the copper IUD relating to hormone changes. Yes, it's hormone free, but it still works by affecting hormones.  

 

Medieval birth control methods are just torture on our biochemistry, primarily estrogen, but also B and C vitamins. 

 

http://metabolicheal...strogen-excess/


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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:07 PM

I had a Paragard IUD inserted about a year ago after having a baby, and my skin hasn't experienced any changes since then.  I haven't been on any hormonal birth control in about 7 years.  In general, my problem is more with clogged pores-- my skin rarely breaks out and there's almost never been any cystic acne (only very briefly during the beginning of Accutane treatment when I was about 16; i'm 27 now), but my skin hasn't really changed in the last 5 or 6 years or so.  I think it was slightly better when I was on hormonal birth control.  




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