By Hannah Phillips
A woman claims her contraceptive coil made her so ill that she thought she was dying – and she even said goodbye to her loved ones.
Yasmeen Dahdah, 27, says she struggled with dozens of mysterious symptoms since she had the coil inserted in 2015.
The biology teacher, from Amman, Jordan, suffered with cystic acne, irritable bowel syndrome, extreme fatigue, severe bloating, suicidal thoughts and depression until she finally had the device removed three years later.
She said: “I was extremely fatigued, and it kept getting worse and worse. I couldn’t even handle doing basic things.
“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.
“I was sensitive to all food so when I ate, my tongue burst out in welts.
“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 was forced to drop out of her business development course at university in Leeds, West Yorks, due to her symptoms and she admits it also destroyed her relationship with boyfriend, Kieran, 22.
Yasmeen said: “I couldn’t control my emotions.
“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 says she began to suspect it was her coil causing her problems when she researched copper poisoning and found other women suffering with similar symptoms.
Yasmeen rushed to hospital in 2019 where she asked for the coil to be removed and her pain immediately disappeared.
She said: “I had problems from as soon as I had the coil put in but I didn’t know they were connected.
“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.”