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Dr. Fiona Interviewed on Coveteur Magazine: “WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GOING OFF THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL”

It’s 2016. And one of the most important issues of today for women, especially after being thwarted into the spotlight in light of political outcomes, is birth control. Now more than ever, we’re thinking about and reconsidering the best form of contraceptive for us (because each one of us is different, with different needs). But whether or not the election is the catalyst for why you’re deciding to switch to an IUD or stop taking the pill altogether, or it’s about your health, or you’re thinking about having a baby, we wanted to give you a few facts. So we consulted a doctor (as you should too, before making any changes), Dr. Fiona McCulloch, N.D., to find out what we can expect when deciding to go off the pill.

“If women are considering options like the IUD, it would be important to consider that this is generally considered to be a longer-term birth control option, as the lifespan of an IUD is typically 3-7 years’ time depending on the type of IUD. IUDs also require insertion and removal by a physician, and the hormonal IUDs in particular can require more financial investment up front.

“The copper IUD is an excellent option for many women, although oftentimes at the onset of use it can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. In some women this does not ease up and they are not able to tolerate it, whereas in most women it is a well-tolerated form of birth control and menstrual heaviness subsides over time. The other benefit of the copper IUD is that it doesn’t inhibit a woman’s natural ovulatory process and her levels of natural estrogen and progesterone remain intact (whereas oral contraceptives provide synthetic hormones, which are associated with a variety of side effects such as weight gain, mood changes, and risk of blood clots). With a hormonal IUD there may be some inhibition of the ovulatory process, but the amounts of the synthetic hormones in these devices are far less than in oral contraceptives and after some time, women may ovulate and produce their own natural hormones again. Many women actually experience a much lighter period and/or stop menstruating altogether with hormonal IUDs.”

To read the original article including how your body may react and what to do to prevent issues, click here.

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