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Sep 23, 2019 09:24PM
32B, I no longer have my Paragard as I got oophorectomy a year ago, so that I could take letrozole (didn't want to do Lupron for ever, and was for sure done having kids). So, I won't be able to comment on Paragard experiences with Tamoxifen (which I never took).
However, I've had it for almost 4 years. Heavy periods lasted maybe first 5-6 months. There was a bit more cramping even after they got back to normal, but mostly I forgot I had it. As far as copper poisoning, I saw a naturopathic doctor once I was done with active treatment, and she was up in arms about my IUD. I told her I was getting it out as soon as I had my ovaries out. She ran a copper level test on me, and it came back pretty low. Definitely well within normal range, and even lower than she thought was acceptable.
I looked into how much copper the IUD actually has, and ran some calculations. Even if it leaches its entire weight in 5 years the amounts reaching your blood are negligible. So, I wouldn't be terribly concerned about that aspect.
I was very paranoid about losing the IUD (yes, that happens sometimes), so I was religious about checking the strings. Did it every month once the period was over.
8/31/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/15/2017, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/29/2017 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
2/23/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
2/28/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right
2/28/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
4/5/2018 Femara (letrozole)
8/21/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant