Copper Coil Made Woman So Ill She Thought She Was Dying
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A woman suffered so badly when using the copper coil as a contraceptive that she claims she believed she thought she was dying.
Yasmeen Dahdah, 27, chose the popular method of contraception in 2015 - and was subsequently left suffering with a varied range of symptoms, including suicidal thoughts and irritable bowel syndrome.
Yasmeen, who was a student in Leeds at that time, also faced cystic acne, extreme fatigue, severe bloating and depression until she finally got the device removed four years later.
The pain got so bad that the biology teacher, who now lives in Jordan, had to drop out of her degree - and even said goodbye to her family as she genuinely believed she could be dying.
"I was extremely fatigued, and it kept getting worse and worse. I couldn't even handle doing basic things," she said.
"I thought I had cancer, I said goodbye to my family because I thought I was dying. I was emotionally spent even though I wasn't doing anything. I was on the raw nerve edge all the time.
"I felt like I was being constantly prodded by something but I didn't know what and the symptoms piled on top of each other."
The severity of her symptoms led to her relationship with her boyfriend Kieran, 22, greatly suffering.
"I couldn't control my emotions," Yasmeen explained.
"I almost lost my relationship because I was so angry all the time.
"I couldn't control to how I reacted to anything and as soon as it was out, I was stable again.
"The psychological symptoms were worse than the physical symptoms.
"I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning and I had suicidal thoughts."
Yasmeen's physical symptoms also varied in degrees of severity.
"I was sensitive to all food so when I ate, my tongue burst out in welts," she said.
"I broke out in cystic acne especially during my period. I had huge cysts on my face. It knocked my confidence and I didn't feel like myself because I couldn't even wear make-up.
"I was severely bloated to the point I looked pregnant and I got diagnosed with IBS.
"I was in poor shape."
Yasmeen had not suspected her coil was related to her behaviour until she did some research on copper poisoning, and found a number of women who had reported symptoms similar to her own.
The news saw Yasmeen rush to hospital to have the coil removed, which resulted in her symptoms quickly easing.
"I had problems from as soon as I had the coil put in but I didn't know they were connected," she said.
"I thought I was the problem, I changed my diet, tried going vegan, herbs, natural juices and nothing worked.
"When I had it removed, I immediately improved. People won't believe that it was the coil that caused all of my problems but as soon as it was taken out, my body breathed a sigh of relief.
"I have my life back now."
Yasmeen is speaking out to warn other women of the side effects of the coil.
She said: "You get told that it's safe.
"I want people to do their research and talk to other women because it can be dangerous.
"I was told that there might be a bit of spotting and a change in my period but that's not what I experienced.
"When I asked for it to be taken out, the doctors didn't want to do it but it's my body, I put it in so I should decide when it's taken out."