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Copper (Definition)

This is a reactive metal, one of the basic elements, which is incorporated in a variety of biochemical pathways in the body to catalyze many important functions. It is rarely deficient but too much can lead to liver disease and brain problems ...Read more


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I think my copper IUD is expierd! Help!?

10 years: The copper iud last up to ten years. Since you are 18 it seems unlikely that you would have had it in longer than ten years. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of using the copper iud?

What are some benefits of using the copper iud?

Safe and effective: The IUD is one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent pregnancy. It is almost as good as getting your tubes tied or a vasectomy in preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the major risk factors of a copper iud?

Bleeding: Abnormal bleeding is the most common side effect of copper. Dislodging, travelling upwards into the uterus and rarely causing perforation. ...Read more

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How is the copper IUD typically inserted?

How is the copper IUD typically inserted?

Office visit: The IUD is placed in a small plastic tube. The lip of the birth canal (cervix) is held steady with an instrument, and the plastic tube is inserted through the canal into the uterus. The IUD is then gently pushed out of the tube; the tube is removed and the strings on the IUD are shortened. Depending on age, and number of children, a local anesthetic to the cervix may be used. ...Read more

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Should we use condoms if I have a copper iud?

Should we use condoms if I have a copper iud?

Not needed: If only concern is pregnancy - Copper T IUD – failure rate is usually 0.8%. However, condom should be used if there is any concern about sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics make copper IUD less effective?

Can antibiotics make copper IUD less effective?

No effect.: Since the copper IUD has no hormones, antibiotics that affect the liver's metabolism of drugs will not affect the effectiveness of the copper IUD. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant after the copper IUD is removed?

Can I get pregnant after the copper IUD is removed?

Yes: Yes, most women can conceive after removal of an iud. Age, tubal status, and sperm quality all affect success rates, so check in with your fertility specialist early. ...Read more

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What is the difference between copper iud and mirena?

Hormones: The primary difference is the copper IUD is not infused with hormones. It changes the way they work some. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics make the effectiveness of copper IUD lower?

Do antibiotics make the effectiveness of copper IUD lower?

No: Antibiotics affect hormonal birth control as they are both metabolized in the
iver. The copper iud just causes a foreign body reaction in the uterus which is a different than hormones. ...Read more

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Are we okay to not use condoms if I'm on the paragard copper iud?

Are we okay to not use condoms if I'm on the paragard copper iud?

Better than condoms: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. Non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). Only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). Immediately effective to prevent pregnancy, but DOES NOT protect against STIs. OK for women who haven't had kids ...Read more

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What happens if I get pregnant with the copper IUD still left inside?

Contact your Doctor: You should contact your doctor immediately. Women who become pregnant with an IUD in place are at increase risk for ectopic pregnancy. Your doctor will need to evaluate you and most experts suggest removing the iud. ...Read more

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Is it true that the copper IUD allows fertilization but not implantation?

Works against sperm!: Copper ions prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the movement of sperm, because the copper-ion-containing fluids are directly toxic to sperm. ...Read more

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My mom has had her copper IUD for 21 years. Can this cause serious problems?

So far ok: She has already had it in 11 years too long and you are not reporting that she is having any problems. Why not just have it removed? Then you won't have to worry. ...Read more

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How safe is the copper iud if I don't use a condom? Had the copper iud for a year now?

How safe is the copper iud if I don't use a condom? Had the copper iud for a year now?

Confusing question: Any contraceptive method has its own drawbacks but a copper IUD is safe and effective in those who tolerate it. Your question implies you use a condom at the same time. The condom offers you some protection from STD's that the IUD can never do, but is not necessary to prevent pregnancy.The IUD is adequate for that purpose. ...Read more

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Can taking zinc help to counter the negative symptoms I have been experiencing with a copper iud?

Doubtful: You are much better off getting the iud out, you can get a Mirena (levonorgestrel) if u still want an iud and there are plenty of other methods makes no sense to try to take some else to try to treat a problem when the safer option is removal but ask your gyn. ...Read more

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! 8 yrs old has the copper IUD for a few month now has been bleeding for a month now is that normal?

! 8 yrs old has the copper IUD for a few month now has been bleeding for a month now is that normal?

Unfortunately yes: Light bleeding for the first couple months with the copper IUD can happen. I'm surprised you have a copper one at your age. These are meant for women in long term monogamous relationships as the risk of PID is fairly high in general in your age group. If it persists check a pregnancy test and consider STD testing. ...Read more

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How many days after the fitting of a copper IUD can I use tampons safely? As I am experiencing brown bitty spotting however quite abit of this.

How many days after the fitting of a copper IUD can I use tampons safely? As I am experiencing brown bitty spotting however quite abit of this.

No waiting period: Your strings should be short enough that your IUD should not be bothered by your tampon. But just take the tampon out very slowly the first several times you use them after your IUD has been placed, especially if you are heavily bleeding, to avoid getting them tangled if your strings are a little long. ...Read more

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Having breakthrough bleeding, had it in past with no answers. I have a copper iud, 2nd month with it. And it's heavier than normal. Is this bad?

Copper IUD: Breakthrough bleeding within the first 6 months of an IUD insertion is very common and expected. Typically it will resolve in the 3-6 month time frame. If bleeding is excessively heavy or accompanied by increasing pain, you need to consult your OB GYN. ...Read more

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Periods heavy - stop & start again sometimes light and sometimes gushing. Upset, moody & anxious pre-period & during. Feel good after. Copper IUD.

Periods heavy - stop & start again sometimes light and sometimes gushing. Upset, moody & anxious pre-period & during. Feel good after. Copper IUD.

PMT irreg menses: Hello ~ the CuT can cause all that, except the PMT which is part of your normal cycle. You can 1.bite the bullet and watch as they tend to settle. 2. take the T out wait 3mo and replace another (maybe change brand) 3. take the T out wait 3 months and go on low dose BCP.
You should see GYN for exam. Irreg menses must always be assessed, (not urgently) even if a normal varient but let MD decide. Thx ...Read more

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I have copper IUD Load 375 inserted in Europe. This model fits me well. Now I live in USA. Can I order this same iud from europe and have it put in USA?

Copper IUD: The load 375 copper IUD is not available in the United States. The Paraguard IUD would be the device that most closely approximates the 375 copper load IUD in the USA. ...Read more

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How soon after you have a copper IUD removed can you get pregnant? Had the copper IUD for 4 years how long does the copper stay in your body after removal?

How soon after you have a copper IUD removed can you get pregnant? Had the copper IUD for 4 years how long does the copper stay in your body after removal?

Right Away: You are still ovulating with the iud in place & once it's removed, you are fertile as of your next cycle. The amount of copper in your body is negligible and does not affect fertility or health. Take Folic Acid prior to conception to help prevent birth defects and good luck with pregnancy. ...Read more

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There's a minor bleeding often n on between periods after my copper IUD implanted last month. So does IUD suits me or not. What should I do.

There's a minor bleeding often n on between periods after my copper IUD implanted last month. So does IUD suits me or not. What should I do.

IUD: Since the IUD was just placed last month, I suspect that has some thing to do with the bleeding you are experiencing. You need to contact the Dr. Who placed it and discuss any further treatment required. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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What is the copper iud?

Paragard: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. It is non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). The only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). It is immediately effective to prevent pregnancy but does not protect against STIs. ...Read more

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Could I have a copper iud?

Yes!: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. Non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). Only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). Immediately effective to prevent pregnancy, but DOES NOT protect against STIs. OK for women who haven't had kids ...Read more

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Are there risks to using the copper iud?

Minimal: Copper IUD is considered very safe. May increase the amount of bleeding and cramping. ...Read more

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