Here is My Question:
My first relapse was after the first insert of a copper IUD. My MRI showed results that suggested I may have had MS for quite some time and not known about it (no symptoms). Is it possible the copper IUD caused my relapse? It was literally within days after putting it in.
The Guidelines for use of medical contraceptives in MS published in 2016 lists copper and hormonal IUDs as safe and effective in all categories of women with MS. There are no studies showing an increased risk of relapses with copper IUDs. There is one study by the New York State Consortium of MS Centers that even suggested that copper IUDs delayed the onset of MS symptoms. This later study would require larger confirmatory studies before we would consider the information validated.
Hope this information helps you.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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