The Copper IUD, Not So Non-Hormonal? Jul 8, 2013 7:21:25 GMT -5
Post by Yazzmyne on Jul 8, 2013 7:21:25 GMT -5
Increased patient acceptance of intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUCD), especially copper-T, without proper follow-up is associated with many early and late complications, including perforation and migration into adjacent structures in 1/350 to 1/2500 cases. Migration of IUCDs into the urinary bladder, rectum, colon, peritoneum, omentum, appendix, wall of the iliac vein and ovary has been reported. The photo above shows a copper-T IUCD in an excised mass performed on a 25-year old woman who experienced pain in her lower abdomen. During the surgery, the normal appendix was also excised. Source.[/i]
The copper IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) is touted as a very effective and one of the only non-hormonal–and only long-term non-hormonal–birth control method available outside of fertility awareness.
However, aside from the risks of expulsion of the IUD, unusual vaginal discharge, cramping or pain, longer and heavier menstrual periods, spotting between periods, irregular bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, infection, weight gain, the rare occurance of getting pregnant which in such case increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or premature births and the rare but not-to-be-overlooked serious risk of perforation of the uterus during insertion or later perforation if the IUD shifts position,
there is also another risk of the copper IUD which is not often discussed in the medical community and that is copper toxicity which can cause a woman to experience crippling side-effects as a result.
Copper toxicity can cause numerous symptoms ranging from migraines, to PMS, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mind racing, decreased sex drive, yeast infections, reproductive problems, hair loss, bone loss , allergic reactions and even OCD, Schizophrenia, Autism, Angina, Alzheimer's, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lymphoma.
Besides this important fact, the IUD device is made out of a plastic, called Low-density Polyethylene and even though this type of plastic is considered less toxic than other plastics (as most plastics have hormonal disruptive effects), it still may pose risks of leaching estrogenic chemicals.
The copper IUD also contains barium sulfate to render it radio-opaque and thus making it easier to see on an x-ray. Although barium sulfate suspensions are generally considered to be safe and non-toxic at proper dose levels, partly because barium sulfate is highly insoluble (meaning it does not dissolve well in water). Barium sulfate can often, however, cause cramping , constipation or diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sweating, ringing in your ears, confusion, fast heart rate or pale skin and weakness.
The copper IUD also prompts the release of leukocytes and prostaglandins by the endometrium. Prostaglandins control hormone regulation, so here we see again that the copper IUD has an indirect effect on hormones and can create imbalances. According to this study, copper ions inhibit many enzymatic processes and one effect of the copper IUD which may be directly due to the inhibition of metabolism of prostaglandins is the shortening of luteal phase of the cycle. The inhibition of prostaglandin metabolism by copper would have an effect antagonistic to that of progesterone. The endometrium would therefore be more sensitive to changes in progesterone and the fall of progesterone shortly before menstruation, this would explain the findings that women with copper IUDs experience a slightly shorter luteal phase than women without IUDs and that menstruation starts with elevated progesterone levels compared with those of control subjects.
With all this being said, the claim that the copper IUD is non-hormonal and therefore safe compared to synthetic hormonal birth control is misleading as it still can mess with your hormones and can cause severe longterm health problems.
More on copper toxicity: here and here
Birth Control: Copper Toxicity & Estrogen Excess
testimonials of copper toxicity caused by the copper IUD:
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IUDs may cause copper toxicity
side effects of the copper IUD
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