I’m quite confident that some right-wing forces were conspiring against the creation and release of this episode (more on that in the episode itself), but we’ve been promising a discussion on the IUD since summer, and at Guinea Pigging Green we make good on our promises!
Today we’re talking about my experience getting an IUD. The good, the bad, and the mildly graphic.
You can listen to the episode using the player below, or you can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes (while you’re there, leave us a rating! It really helps us reach more ears).
Good information on getting an IUD is hard to come by, which is why it was important for me to put it “on the air” for anyone who, like me, had questions (and I had a lot of questions).
Some quick facts:
- I got my IUD through the Bay Centre for Birth Control in Toronto. They were amazing.
- My copper IUD (which you can use for up to 5 years) cost $50.
- Insertion feels like acute period cramps, and for me it wasn’t nearly as bad as other accounts I’ve read online.
For everything else, you’re going to have to listen to our show! We referenced a few resources including:
- Our previous episode with the Red Tent Sisters on Sexual Wellness
- The Red Tent Sisters’ video on whether the IUD is a good birth control option, and their 5 fabulous reasons to ditch the pill.
- The period/ovulation tracker that Steph uses, called Clue (I use Period Diary for the same purpose).
- One tip from a listener: since the pain during the insertion process is due to your vaginal muscles rejecting a foreign object, a form of muscle relaxant may work better than taking Advil or Tylenol.
Have any questions about the process of getting an IUD that we didn’t answer? Leave a note in the comments, or send us a tweet @GreenGuineaPigs and I’ll do my best to respond to anything you may ask!
Have a fab week,
The IUD image above is not mine (you’re welcome), and is from the Cosmopolitan article 12 Things Every Woman Should Know About IUDs.