Birth control is a personal decision that affects your entire body, so I advocate for natural contraceptive methods as much as possible. With that being said, it is still important to talk about hormonal birth control options. In today’s spotlight: Hormonal IUD
I wanted to talk about this form of contraceptive first, because it is typically considered the “better” option of hormonal birth control (HBC).
👉🏼 Why? Well after the first year, the IUD allows for some of your ovulations to occur. Ovulation is important because that’s the only way to get estradiol and progesterone.
The IUD also delivers a lower dose of progestin than most other methods, while still being more effective than almost any other method. 🎉
This is considered a helpful treatment option for those with endometriosis and adenomyosis, along with important adjustments in lifestyle factors, because it reduces flow.
⚡️ Some of the side effects of progestin include acne, depression, anxiety, vaginal infections, changes in weight, and more.
⚡️ It affects the vaginal microbiome, making users more at risk for disease and infections (like yeast infections and BV)
⚡️ It can cause ovarian cysts, irregular bleeding at first, or other rare issues (some of which can require surgery).
Like I said, I advocate for natural contraceptive, but it is also your job to make the choices you need to for your body.
If this is something you’re interested in, I encourage you to speak with your doctor and do your research on both the pros and cons!
I offer single calls to help you feel prepared to have better conversations with your doctor, discuss HBC options, or address immediate concerns. If you’re interested, message me! 💌
What’s your experience been with the Hormonal IUD or other forms of HBC?? 👇🏼
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.