Episode 58: Is The IUD Right for Me?

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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:

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,

— Laura

The IUD image above is not mine (you’re welcome), and is from the Cosmopolitan article 12 Things Every Woman Should Know About IUDs.

Episode 12: Sexual Wellness with the Red Tent Sisters!

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We’re so excited to share this interview with the Red Tent Sisters! You can listen to the interview here or download it from iTunes.

 

We really wanted to tackle some of the big questions about birth control, sexuality and sexual health, but we are by no means experts. So we turned to some real experts in this field, Kim and Amy Sedgwick! They are intelligent and friendly sisters that created the informative blog, eco-sex store, natural fertility consulting practice and all-around incredible company that is the Red Tent Sisters. Definitely head over and explore their site, they have a ton of interesting and informative articles and great resources.

During the interview with these great ladies, we discuss natural methods of birth control, natural fertility, sexual wellness, the biggest misconceptions about STIs, and sexual empowerment. We were so lucky to absorb even a small fraction of all the knowledge that Kim and Amy have to offer. The podcast is chock-full of awesome information!

  • You can listen to the radio segment from CBC’s The Current that we talk about in the episode here
  • You can browse the Red Tent Sisters awesome eco-sex store here (you’ll have to listen to the episode to hear about their great definition of eco-sex!)
  • Read their guide “5 Fabulous Reasons to Ditch the Pill” here and read about non-hormonal birth control methods here.
  • The Sisters recommended some great resources: She Comes First by Ian Kerner, Our Bodies Ourselves, Orgasms by Lou Paget, and Tristan Taorimino’s sex positive website
  • Kim offers an online sexuality course and Amy offers an online course on conception

Make sure to tune into the episode to get even more great, practical information on sexual health and wellness. We loved making this episode and we hope you’ll love listening to it just as much.

Again, listen to the episode here or find us on iTunes! You can also follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram to stay connected.

Thanks for listening!

-Steph