- Las Vegas, NM
- 9 months ago
Hello! So wanted to give a heads up to those who have the copper IUD Paragard. Here's my story... I'm half Italian/half German...my Italian heritage is much more prominent (i.e. Olive, tan skin). During my 3rd trimester of pregnancy, I developed terrible pregnancy mask. I wasn't too consumed by how horrible it looked because I was so sick my entire pregnancy, so I could really careless how I looked. After I gave birth and stopped BF, it completely faded and went away. Whew!Then, 4 months later, the melasma came back with a vengeance!!! So horrible, frustrating and embarrassing. I have the shape of Italy on both cheeks, a big patch on my forehead and my upper lip. I did peels every month and the hydroquinone and it put the melasma at bay. The derm told me to take a break with the cream after 3 months and I was curious as to why. So, I did some research on the cream and learned that's it's bad for your liver and kidneys and it's even banned in Europe. I came to the conclusion I was only masking the problem and had to find what the real issue was; something internal. Plus, using cream that would permanently damage my body is not worth it to me.Again, I turned to reading and research. I learned that while pregnant, your copper levels rise, which causes the melasma. AND then it clicked!!! When the melasma came back, I had a copper IUD inserted a month prior. I was so excited that I found the answer. I had it removed immediately and thought as soon as that happened, it would start fading. I did a couple liver cleanses to rid whatever extra copper was left in my body. Too bad it wasn't that easy; it's still there in all its glory. Unfortunately, I have a job that requires me to be outside for long periods of time, as well.I do IPL every month and can tell it makes a slight difference, but if I go outside for an extended period of time, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and all... It goes back to where it was before. I started the MSM, vitamin C, grapefruit seed extract and ACV a week ago. No improvement yet.Im getting a blood test done this week to make sure my hormones and thyroid is all good. I also read that excess copper can effect your thyroid, which in turn causes melasma. So, I'm hoping to find the internal answer soon. All I know is I wish I had my life back. This is so time consuming and exhausting, especially having to hide from the sun. I know there are worse things in life, but it's a definite insecurity and I can't look people in the eye. So frustrating...