Teddi Mellencamp Thought She Was in Menopause but It Was 'Symptoms from the Copper IUD'

The 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' alum, 42, thought she was having “all the signs” of menopause

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Teddi Mellencamp

Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is sharing why she mistook symptoms caused by her IUD for menopause.

On April 30, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum posted a video on Instagram asking her followers about the form of contraception after thinking she was in perimenopause at 42. Perimenopause refers to the time where the body starts to make its natural transition to menopause, which marks the end of a woman's reproductive years.

“So, I thought I was going through menopause or perimenopause because I was having all the signs,” she explained. “Finally I went in for my yearly OB/GYN check, I was for sure this was going to be the end and they were going to tell me, ‘You’re going through the change. That’s why you’re not sleeping. That’s why you’re constantly bleeding. That’s why you’re having mood swings.’ The list goes on and on.”

“But then my numbers came back and everything’s fine,” Mellencamp said. “And it’s potentially from my copper IUD. Guys, tell me about your symptoms from the copper IUD. Did this happen to you? And who would’ve thought I’m a spring chicken?”

According to the Cleveland Clinic, an IUD — or intrauterine device — “is a form of birth control that a healthcare provider inserts into your uterus” that can “prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years or more, depending on the specific type.“

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Planned Parenthood states that copper IUDs typically cause more bleeding and cramps during your period, especially during the first 3-6 months. While those symptoms get better over time for most people, people are urged to talk to their doctor if they persist or become a bother.

“They may need to check and make sure your IUD is in the right place, or they might recommend a different method of birth control for you,” the nonprofit states.

In the caption of her post, Mellencamp added, “Also, the fact that @tedwinator [husband Edwin Arroyave] thought this new information meant we would have another baby is hilarious.”

“Shop is closed for business,” she teased.

In the comments section, a lot of women shared their personal experiences dealing with IUDs and other forms of contraception. Others also discussed their symptoms of perimenopause, encouraging Mellencamp to have another visit with her OB/GYN.

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