Your Guide to Non-Hormonal Birth Control Part 1: The Copper IUD

  In last week’s blog post, I talked about the downside of hormonal birth control, specifically the pill. While the pill provides awesome sexual freedom, it does not come without its consequences and side effects. Finding a good form of non-hormonal birth control can be challenging. And sometimes it feel like there are tons of options out there. One form of non-hormonal contraception that has been gaining a lot of popularity these days is the copper IUD.   What is the Copper IUD?   The Copper IUD is an intrauterine device that is inserted by a doctor into the uterus. A copper wire is wound around the stem of the t-shaped device. The device can stay in place for up to 10 years and has an effectiveness of 99.8%.   How Does the Copper IUD work?   The copper that is woven into the device interferes with sperm movement and prevents the sperm from fertilizing the egg. The IUD increases the amount of copper ions, prostaglandins and white blood cells in the uterus which interferes with fertilization. If fertilization cannot happen then pregnancy cannot happen.   The copper also affects the transport of the egg out of the Fallopian tube … Continue reading Your Guide to Non-Hormonal Birth Control Part 1: The Copper IUD