Something very weird is going on with me and I really hope someone can reassure me. I've had my Paragard (copper IUD) for about 2.5 years, and actually, just last week had its placement checked with an ultrasound as part of a routine check up. Everything was fine -- it was placed perfectly. About two days ago (that is, on day 18 of my cycle), I started getting a little dark brown spotting and some light cramping, which I attributed to ovulation pain. Ever since then, though, I've started to feel like I'm going to get my period: I've been retaining water, my boobs are sore, I'm moody and TREMENDOUSLY anxious (I've had two panic attacks in the last 24 hours), and I've started to bleed even more (a light-ish flow that falls somewhere between spotting and my actual period).
What the heck is going on? Today is only day 20 of my cycle. My normal cycles are about 28-32 days. Could this be a crazy early period? Or could this perhaps be from ovulation? I should also mention that I have been stressed out WAY beyond my normal level. I have a number of problems, both personal and professional, that I've been juggling for the past month or so, and am wondering if I can attribute some of these physical problems to the stress? But I've only heard that stress can make your period come late -- can it make it come early, too? Or can it make ovulation so bad that ovulation actually feels like a period?
Yikes, I hope everything is OK. I think I'm going to take a pregnancy test, too, though I don't know how I could be pregnant (IUD + only having sex a few times last month + the fact that I had a totally normal period 20 days ago makes the chances seem slim).
Thank you so much in advance for your help! I'm really worried and need to start calming down.