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In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Supreme court has decided that employers can now decide if they want their insurance programs to cover birth control or not. The birth control that places like Hobby Lobby are wanting to not cover are the hormonal IUD which is also the most effective form of pregnancy prevention and used to treat many reproductive issues.
Not only that but they’ve decided that there will no longer be any kind of protection from protesters for patients going to clinics that offer abortion.
If you want to do something about this, call your reps and complain, Join Planned Parenthood’s Campaign against this decision to not cover birth control, pledge to be a clinic defender, or become a clinic escort.
As always, it helps to spread awareness and sex education!
Lawsuits are being filed in Canada and the U.S. against the maker of an increasingly popular contraceptive, alleging that women haven’t been properly warned about rare but potentially serious risks associated with the intrauterine device.
This outlines exactly why I’m so passionate about family planning. Bayer keeps getting in trouble for not putting on the packaging that these very rare side effects like the IUD moving or adhesions occurring are possible. In my opinion a lot of the fault is on improper training of doctors as well as just doctors not having enough time to fully prepare patients and take the time they need. If doctors were more educated on various forms of contraception and kept their knowledge up to date, if they could sit down and have an in-depth conversation with patients about their options and the possible side effects and explain everything, and if doctors were trained better on IUD insertion and took their time to get it placed correctly and scheduled a follow up appointment and expressed the importance of a follow up appointment to make sure it is in correctly these things wouldn’t happen. I really see a need for trained family planning counselors who make this their only priority
my next video is going to be on birth control and pregnancy prevention myths. I may end up making this multiple videos just because that’s a lot to cover with all the myths about hormonal birth control, skipping periods with birth control, the IUD, condoms, withdrawal, fertility awareness, and emergency contraception. Here are the myths I have so far on just birth control and not barrier methods or EC. Let’s start with this and then we’ll go on to other forms of pregnancy prevention:
- Build up in a person’s body. People need a rest from BC
- build up eggs, menopause later?
- Make a person infertile
- Cause multiple births or birth defects
- you need to have periods
- Change a person’s sexual behavior making them more promiscuous
- Collect in the stomach. (In fact, the pill dissolves each day.)
- Disrupt an existing pregnancy
- If you’re breastfeeding you can’t use BC at all, or that you can’t use bc until periods start
- every birth control method and brand reacts exactly the same to everyone
- Cause Breast Cancer
- you have to have children before you can use an IUD
- you need to wait for your period to start taking the pill
- you need a pelvic exam and pregnancy test before you take bc
- birth control causes weight gain
- it doesn’t matter what brand you take, you can take your friend’s
- progestin only forms should only be used if you have a bad reaction to estrogen
- If you miss your depo shot you have to quit taking it. You can be up to 2 weeks early or 4 weeks late although it’s best if you stay within the 2 week range. (DEPO only)
- birth control is not effective
- if you stop bleeding you’re infertile
IUDs cause PID
IUDs are painful and no one likes it
there are lots of health risks with taking birth control
there’s no birth control options for people who don’t want hormones
Any other myths on just birth control in general or on the pill, progestin only pills, IUD, Implant, the patch, the nuva ring, or the depo shot?
I’m going to try to record my video on birth control myths sometime this week. If you have any myths in general on birth control or a specific type of birth control that I should include let me know.
I’m going to be covering both types of the pill, the patch, the ring, the shot, the implant, emergency contraception, and the IUD.
I’ll do other videos for condoms, spermicides, withdrawal, and fertility awareness. (which you are free to give input about now, I just don’t know when I’ll get around to that.
Huge news as studies have shown that more long lasting forms of birth control are more effective and desired, but that a lot of people are afraid of the side effects and pain associated with IUDs. It’s not being sold yet, but Skyla should appear sometime next month in the United States. It works for up to 3 years and has similar side effects and health risks as other forms of birth control.
Which IUD is most effective?
Someone asked us:
How do copper IUDs work? Are they just as effective as regular IUDs?
There are two kinds of IUDs – Mirena and ParaGard. While the Mirena IUD contains progestin, a hormone (like the one found in birth control pills) to prevent pregnancy, the copper IUD is hormone-free. The copper IUD — also sometimes called the ParaGard IUD — works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg. The copper in the ParaGard IUD acts as a spermicide, and the IUD may also prevent the egg from implanting in the uterus.
Most people can use the ParaGard IUD safely. Both types of the IUD are equally and extremely effective — fewer than one in 100 women will get pregnant each year with the ParaGard or the Mirena IUD. The ParaGard, however, is effective for up to 12 years, whereas the Mirena IUD is effective for only five.
-Alex at Planned Parenthood
How much does an IUD cost?
Someone asked us:
Q. Do you guys do copper IUDs? Could you give me an estimate of the cost without insurance?
Yes! Many Planned Parenthood health centers offer the ParaGard IUD. You can search to find the one nearest you that offers ParaGard using our health center locator.
In the United States, IUDs come in two flavors: ParaGard and Mirena. ParaGard contains copper and it lasts for up to 12 years. Mirena releases progestin, a hormone, and lasts for five years.
The IUD is the most inexpensive long-term and reversible form of birth control you can get. Unlike other forms of birth control, the IUD only costs money in the beginning. The cost for the medical exam, the IUD, the insertion of the IUD and follow-up visits to your health care provider can range from $500 to $900. That cost pays for protection that can last more than a decade.
Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable. Some health centers are able to charge according to income. Most accept health insurance. If you qualify, Medicaid or other state programs may significantly lower the cost of getting an IUD. Contact your local health center to get more information.
-Nathan at PPFA
Birth Control Series: Part 1 - IUDs
This series of posts on birth control methods will not cover condoms and other barriers to be used during sex. For information on condoms and barriers, see this post. None of the birth control methods discussed during this series are effective at preventing the transmission of STDs and STIs.
An intrauterine device, also known as an IUD, is a small (no thicker than a tampon string), T-shaped object inserted into the uterus to mess with the way sperm moves and intercept it from fertilizing an egg. There are two main types of IUD, Mirena and Paragard. The Mirena IUD is hormone-based, and the Paragard IUD is copper. Once inserted, an IUD lasts for several years (up to 12, depending on the kind) before it will need to be removed and/or replaced.
An IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control, right up there with sterilization. Less than 1 out of every 100 people using the IUD method of birth control will become pregnant when an IUD has been placed properly. It is also easy to use and maintain. The insertion process takes about 60 seconds and you are protected from pregnancy immediately after insertion. After insertion, assuming that there are not complications, you do not have to worry about the IUD until the point where it needs to be replaced or removed. It is discreet and private, many people who use an IUD say that their partner(s) cannot even tell that it is there. Occasionally, the string that hangs down from the cervix (for removal at a later point) can be felt during intercourse, but this can be trimmed if needed.
The Mirena IUD is hormone based. It works by secreting a small amount of progesterone each day. It contains no estrogen, so there are fewer side effects than other hormone-based forms of birth control, but there are still some hormone-related side effects for certain users of the IUD. The Mirena IUD lasts for 5 years as stated by the manufacturer, but in Europe it is approved for use for up to 7 years. Side effects at first include unpredictable and irregular bleeding, but it is usually only spotting. After the first 6 months, most people’s periods stop altogether, or are much lighter and shorter.
The Paragard IUD contains copper and is hormone free. It is the ONLY super-effective hormone-free form of birth control available, other than sterilization. It lasts for 10 years as stated by the manufacturer, but many studies have shown evidence that it is effective for up to 12 years, and many establishments that provide Paragard insertion services (Planned Parenthood being one of them) agree that it is effective for 12 years. Most users of the Paragard IUD experience heavier, crampier periods for the first few months, but most people’s menstrual cycles return to normal after 6 months.
In a healthy person, regardless of age and whether or not one has given birth or had an abortion, IUDs are a viable option. IUDs, however, are not right for every person. An IUD could be wrong for you if you have any of several health conditions. You should not use an IUD if you: have had a pelvic infection following a birth or abortion in the past 3 months, have or might have an STI, have or might have a pelvic infection, are pregnant, or may be pregnant, have untreated cervical cancer, have cancer of the uterus, have unexplained vaginal bleeding, have pelvic tuberculosis, or have a uterine perforation during an IUD insertion.
The Mirena IUD in particular is not for people who have severe liver disease, or who have, or might have, breast cancer.
The Paragard IUD in particular is not for people who have, or might have, an allergy to copper, or who have Wilson’s disease, an inherited disease that blocks the body’s ability to get rid of copper.
If you are interested in using an IUD as a method of birth control, see your doctor - either a OB/GYN or your general practitioner should be equipped to discuss it with you.