Sustainable Birth Control Methods?! The IUD

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Quite a lot of people have asked me about birth control and how that was possible while maintaining a Zero Waste lifestyle and since I think it is a very important issue to talk about, I will.
 Birth control has been on my mind ever since ….you know….I started having sex ( duhhh).

Back then I went to my OB-GYN for some counseling and went home with my first contraceptive pill.

As I do with most things, I then thoroughly researched the impact of hormone intake and what I found didn’t necessarily steer me towards continuing to take the contraceptive pill ( see articles in the “helpful articles” section below). When I started noticing a lump in my left breast, that was later diagnosed as a fibrom ( which is not harmful, just annoying), I decided that I was not going to continue to take hormones for contraception.

That decision limited my choices drastically. Who would have thought that mankind would be able to walk on the moon before developing the perfect contraception for couples.

After using the diaphragm for a while ( which I didn’t really like because I kept forgetting to take it out after 8 hours) and using condoms, I came across the IUD.

What is a Copper IUD?


The IUD (Intraudine device) is t-shaped and made out
of plastic and safe copper. It is inserted into the uterus by your gynecologist and can stay in your uterus for about 3-5 years.

The copper IUD is one of the most effective contraceptives and it’s failure rate is at 0.8%
There is something to say about the IUD and STD’s, which are not prevented by the IUD. If you are not in a steady relationship with a partner you know you can trust, I would suggest opting for another contraceptive like condoms.

 Why I like the IUD

 I was bloody scared of having it put in, because you hear stories about it how it can hurt, but for me it actually was almost a piece of cake ( I say almost because I’d prefer cake over getting an IUD any day).

The “pain” can be described as light cramps but lasts only for a split second. And afterwards I was able to go to my fitness class without feeling a thing.
I love the IUD because once it is in, I don’t have to think about it again. I can’t feel it and since I went for the copper IUD I don’t worry about the contraceptive messing with my hormone system.

Costs

It is quite costly to have the IUD put in.  I got my first IUD for free,  since,  in Germany,  health insurance pays for your birth control until you are 20 years old. My second one cost 200 Euros, but was still worth the price since I definitely would have spent more money on condoms over the course of four years.

Disclaimer

This is not a post to convince you that an IUD the best option for you.

Picking the perfect birth control is a very personal and individual decision and I will be the last person to tell you which one is best for you.

I am simply sharing my experience with a birth control method that I have come to love,  that has made my (sex-) life easier and at the same time is way more sustainable. See this as me giving you another option of things you could try.

If you want to get off the hormone contraceptive,  are not quite sure about an IUD but also don’t want to be wasteful by using conventional condoms, here is a great company that produces the most sustainable condom option out there. It is an amazing company and I can highly recommend them.

 If you would like to read more about birth control and different contraceptives, I highly encourage you to pay the site Bedsider a visit, as they are incredibly informative and cover about any birth control method out there.

Helpful Links

 Diva Cups and Pads

Bedsider 
 The Clue Period Tracker 
Sustain Natural- Condoms

 

Helfpful articles

The Guardian

Bodyecology

Huffingtonpost

I would love to hear about your experiences with different contraceptives. Leave a comment or tweet me at @thewastedblog using #favorite

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2 Comments

  1. February 18, 2016 / 9:17 am

    I am aware of various contraceptive methods, as I'm right now at a similar point where I'd like to switch from pills (although I have no problem with the hormones). I feel a bit scared towards a copper coil, as what is essentially causes a mild and constant infection in your body. After experiencing how a tiny infection could conpletely mess us my boyfriend's health, I'm super sceptic to consciously cause one in my body. I do know people who use it and feel fine, I'd probably just personally choose hormones over it. Gladly there is hormonal coils, too, which have a lot less hormones than the pill as far as I know. But as you said, it's a very personal choice that is different for everyone. Some people can completely go off contraceptives and use temperature alone. I couldn't do that, but it's just as safe as any method.

  2. February 18, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I completely understand the struggle. I have been researching so many methods over the years and nothing seems to be flawless. I've always liked the idea of using temperature alone, but since I am still at a point in my life where I am not ready to have a baby at all, I don't want to completely rely on using temperature. And because my body didn't do well with taking hormones, the IUD seemed to be the next best thing. But it does completely depend on the woman and on wether you're fine with taking hormones or not. I think it is so important to have a conversation about it and I love hearing about what works for other women and what doesn't. Thank you so much for your comment!

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