I’ve been meaning for several years to write about intrauterine devices (IUDs) since it’s a very important and neglected topic and many women suffer from IUD pain and from other IUD problems.
After all, over 200 million women worldwide use an IUD.
Simply put, an IUD is a ‘T’ shaped device that is inserted into the uterus as a form of long acting (5-10 years) contraception.
Let’s first talk about the main types of IUDs and how they work. There’s a hormonal type which is most commonly sold as Mirena and a lesser-used device sold under the brand name Skyla.
Yes, IUDs are very effective and they’re very user-friendly.
If you don’t want to get pregnant then they sure beat having to chart your cycle, use condoms, or refrain from sex.
This also increases copper ions in the cervical mucus as copper is being continuously released, and therefore there is evidence of some women having issues with too much copper causing health problems. To lessen the copper exposure, some countries are starting to use gold or silver wrapped around the copper wire.
It is slightly less effective than Mirena but it can remain in for up to twice as long – ten years.Then there is a copper IUD which is sold under the brand name Paraguard.Some countries outside the US, UK, Canada, and China still use an inert IUD made of stainless steel but it’s not as effective as the copper or hormonal IUD.Though the drug companies, researchers, and physicians say that the most common side effect is expulsion, (sometimes because of improper insertion by the doctor), a woman’s body is not meant to have a piece of metal constantly irritating her uterus – especially for five, if not ten years.Think about walking around with a small pebble in your shoe 24 hours a day.Many women experience “normal” discomfort, irregular bleedings, loss of libido, or mysterious pains which are never linked back to the IUD itself.With Paraguard, copper is being continuously released.Copper also influences estrogen and therefore as copper increases it is said that similarly estrogen does too.Estrogen excess is involved with a host of problems such as PMS, excess bodyfat, and certain cancers.But there is much more clinical experience on my part, having seen many women with IUDs over my sixteen years in practice.It’s not a matter of if you will have a problem with your IUD, but when.