Does the IUD help?

by Andrea

I had a tubal 10 years ago but ever since then I've had issues with my hormones. My gynecologist suggested the IUD and I had been feeling okay as far as energy.

I continue getting much anxiety and confusion. Now 5 years later it is time to take it out and I need to know if I should get a new one. I feel like I have double whammy of birth control but my question is... Is this really working or helping my hormones? What is another alternative? If I do have it replaced, can I also take progesterone cream or something to help my hormones? Please let me know!

Thank you!

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Feb 23, 2011
Does the IUD help?
by: Wray

Hi Andrea Unfortunately a Tubal ligation does cause problems. I take it the IUD you have is impregnated with a progestin? This is the version preferred by obgyns, but like all Contraceptives it comes with adverse side effects. There is only one contraceptive I would recommend and that's the copper T IUD. More info about this on the link I've given. If I'm right and it does have a progestin in it, this will have reduced your ovarian progesterone to nil. It's no wonder you have Anxiety and confusion. Please read through this page, as it gives a list of nutrients which will help. Progesterone does help anxiety too, there are plenty of papers on the web page explaining how it does. I recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. I'm not sure how old you are, but please look through our Peri-menopause and Menopause pages for more info on how to use progesterone, if you should consider it. And please have a vitamin D test done, this vital nutrient is low in most of us. It's vital for the brain, see here and here. For more info on testing and vitamin D, please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Take care Wray

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