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kk_22
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Hi,

Would you be able to tell me whether there is any link between a copper iud and hyperpigmentation? (or melasma?)

I have had my copper coil for about 5 weeks. Out of nowhere i've noticed a dark spot-like area on my face. Its smooth, the skin has just gone darker. Like a pigment spot?

I've heard it mentioned a few times about copper in the body affecting pigment and there seems to be quite a few threads on the internet mentioning this.

I'm a bit worried because i'm starting to feel a bit self-conscious about it (its really dark) and i'm not really sure why its suddenly come up, and whether other patches might come up. I really don't want this to be a negative side-effect of the iud because i was so happy to get away from hormonal bc.

Thank you

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Karybu
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I've never heard of the IUD causing pigmentation changes in skin, but it's possible. Everyone has slightly different body chemistry, and reacts to medications or medical devices differently. The best thing to do though would be to check in with the doctor who inserted it: they'll have more information on possible side effects and may be able to recommend a treatment.

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kk_22
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Thank you,

I have a check-up to make sure my coil is still in place so will ask.

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