“The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women.” – The New York Times
With everything going on in the world with Trump and all the changes to health care policies, us women need to really consider what we will do to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Birth control pills can cost more than $600 a year without insurance coverage. Many insurance companies and employers have stopped paying for birth control. Since Donald Trump’s election, Planned Parenthood has seen a 900 percent increase in demand for IUDs.
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. The IUD is inserted by a medical professional and can stay inside of you for three to ten years (depending on the one you choose). The IUD is 99% effective at preventing pregnancies and is the easiest to maintain since you don’t have to worry about it once it is inserted unless you experience complications. The IUD may be removed at any time.
I had to choose between the Mirena (5 year) or the Copper IUD (10 year). I was never good at remembering to take my birth control pills so in 2012, I weighed out my options and decided to get the Mirena IUD. I chose the Mirena because the thought of having it inside me for 10 years freaked me out. The Mirena releases hormones into the body while the Copper one does not.
Little did I know that my body would not like the Mirena.
I will not lie to you, the insertion of the IUD hurt a lot. After the insertion, there was spotting but overall it shortened my periods. As the years went on, I noticed that my side effects included suffering from hormonal acne, mood swings and total loss of my sex drive.
I kept the IUD for almost 5 years. Taking out the device did not hurt at all although I was scared it would. When I took it out, I decided that I did not want to be on any birth control because I wanted my body to normalize itself and to go on a total detox. I experienced what some call the Mirena Crash. The crash is basically your body trying to regulate its hormones. I experienced mood swings, hot flashes, excessive fatigue, headaches and lack of sex drives.
Would I Recommend It?
Just because I experienced all these negative side-effects does not mean you will. Have I recommended the IUD to friends? Yes, but that was in the beginning when I wasn’t aware of my symptoms. I had the IUD taken out almost three months ago and I’m still dealing with side effects and trying to regulate my hormones.
Knowing now what I know, I would NOT recommend the Mirena.
*Please speak to your medical provider for more information as I am not a doctor.
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