There comes a time when the truth must be told and I am glad this author, has the courage to share the stories of women who had adverse reactions to the IUDs also known as LARCs – long-acting reversible contraceptives. I have spoken and written on this topic so many times. IUDs can be extremely dangerous. And they are extremely painful. Any woman who had one inserted through her cervix will tell you that. It is a traumatic procedure that can cause fainting, dizziness and even some nausea afterwards. The IUD is intended to set up a mild ongoing infection in the uterus… does that even sound like something a woman would want to happen?
Many women are suffering from autoimmune disorders and to add and IUD to that pre-existing condition is dangerous at best. Bottom line is most of us have compromised immunity and an added infection can throw us over the top and into a full blown infection. Copper is a heavy metal and some women may be allergic to it. How do we find out? A violent adverse reaction to the IUD. And of course, the dripping progestin IUD has thrown some women out of whack and they desperately want they IUD out.
And that is my final point. An IUD as well as anything other form of birth control that is inserted or injected has to be performed at a physician’s office… and then we have to go back with our complaints… until we convince the doctor that our problems are not all in our head and they agree to take the foreign object out of our bodies. Another traumatic procedure.
Are we really so willing to give up control of our body to the medical and pharmaceutical industries? Not to mention that these type so devices do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
Lack of informed consent is another issue. We need to be diligent about anything we are ingesting or inserting into our bodies. PERIOD.
When IUDs Go Terribly Wrong
May 31 2016 4:25 PM
As IUDs like the Mirena and Paragard rise in popularity, some women say that they were not properly informed of the side effects—with disastrous consequences
There comes a time in many a woman’s life when she waves goodbye to slimy condoms and welcomes the easy intimacy that comes with other forms of birth control. Since its arrival in the 60s this has by and large been the pill, which is used by nearly a quarter of women of childbearing age. But the IUD (intrauterine device, also known as the contraceptive coil) has also seen a dramatic rise in use in the last ten years, with Planned Parenthood reporting a 75 percent increase in IUD use among its patients since 2008.
There are two types of IUD: the non-hormonal copper IUD like Paragard, and the hormonal IUD, widely known by brand names such as the Mirena, Skyla, or Liletta. Both have been touted as miracle alternatives to the pill for those who cannot tolerate hormones—even IUDs like the Mirena are publicized as a localized dose that causes fewer hormonal side effects.
But some women—and a leading gynecologist—say that their experience of the IUD has been disastrous.
Saskia Longaretti, a 27-year-old musician, got a copper IUD three years ago. In January, she found herself lying on the operating table to remove a ruptured fallopian tube and the fetus that had developed inside it. Doctors were working to drain the half pint of blood that had collected in her abdomen and was now threatening her life.
She’d initially gone to her GP with an abdominal ache, a period that had been ongoing for five weeks, and a large, hard lump at the base of her cervix. Her GP chalked up her stomach issues to stress-induced irritable bowel syndrome and the womb problems to, well, nothing. “She told me that lumps can just appear, and then disappear, and nobody knows why—it could be a reaction to the moisture in the air.” It was just before Christmas, so the GP recommended she arrange a scan for a week’s time, after the holidays.