Birth control is a complicated subject, and there is no simple solution. Many doctors recommend Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) as one of the safest and best options. The benefits include very little maintenance and it can remain in place for years. It does not, however, protect from STDs.
Many doctors, however, do not give the whole truth about IUDs, and there are many women who are blindly encouraged to “just get one” six weeks postpartum. There are two basic types of IUDs, one that releases copper into the uterus. Copper increases the levels of prostaglandins and white blood cells, both associated with an inflammatory response, within the uterine and tubal fluids. This impedes sperms motility and viability, acting as a spermicide.
The other type releases a form of the hormone, progestin, to the uterus. This thickens the cervical mucus so that sperm cannot reach the egg. In many women, this synthetic progestin also prevents ovulation. Women, ovulating is so important for our health! And such a gift to receive and be a conduit for the life force creative energy potential.
Even if the egg and the sperm survive these hurdles, conception is unlikely with an IUD because it creates low-grade chronic inflammation in the uterine lining that makes the lining inhospitable to a potentially fertilized egg. To support long-term health and well-being I always recommend avoiding chronic inflammation, in all the ways we are able to. In my years of experience working with women, chronic inflammation never ends well.
In addition to the chronic inflammation, there are some adverse effects and scary stories out there of real experiences women had with the IUD. One adverse effect is expulsion, meaning the uterus would just push it out. This usually happens within the first few months. Another rare but dangerous one is perforation, meaning the IUD perforates the wall of the uterus. This most often happens during insertion, but has been known to happen during intense contact sports as well.
People often ask me what I do recommend for birth control. Condoms work as well (or not) as anything else. I had one client who had 3 babies, all conceptions occurred with an IUD in place. It’s rare but it happens. In good conscience, I cannot recommend any form of hormonal birth control (this would be the subject of an entirely different article).
Fertility awareness is pretty phenomenal. It takes time and energy to learn and practice, but the reward is that you get to know yourself better. Local to Western Massachusetts, Mira Weil offers classes and one-on-one instruction to women. My teacher, Rosita Arvigo, once said, “For fertility awareness to work, you need to be able to do two things. Count and say “No.” Goddess Bless.