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Let’s Chat IUDs

Let’s talk the IUD.


I get asked a lot of questions about IUDs, especially the non-hormonal one.

Should you try the IUD? What are the risks and side effects? How do they affect your hormones?

The first thing to note is that there are 5 different brands…

Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla are all hormonal IUDs.

They use synthetic progestin to prevent pregnancy.

Progestin thins the uterine lining making it impossible for a fertilized egg to implant.

And yes – you might ovulate on the hormonal IUD because of your natural estrogen. But, no worries, because without a cushy uterine lining, implantation will not be able to occur.

Synthetic progestin also prompts your body to create sticky mucus which naturally traps up and prevents sperm from passing through the cervix. Basically, it blocks the road to fertilization 😉

So, as you can see, the hormonal IUD shuts down your natural progesterone production.

But you DO produce your natural estrogen.

This may seem like a win… but remember… we need sufficient amounts of progesterone to balance out the affects of estrogen (and the hormonal IUD shuts down your progesterone).

This is why the hormonal IUDs can sometimes cause some crazy hormone imbalance symptoms. Mainly estrogen dominance related.

So, how does the non-hormonal, Paragaurd, IUD work?

This device emits copper to kill off and prevent sperm from fertilization. It’s kinda as simple as that!

Copper is toxic to sperm, therefore, fertilization can’t occur.

So what are the pros and cons?

Personally, I feel that any time you’re playing around with synthetic hormones, you are disrupting a very natural flow in the body.

Symptoms and reactions will vary person to person.

I have heard that the Mirena emits the highest amount of progestin and can cause a variety of symptoms (and a lot of my clients experience suppressed mood).

While there isn’t a ton of research on the copper IUD affecting the body, we do know that copper affects zinc levels.

So this is something to keep in mind.

Also, any time we stick a foreign object in our body – we can experience reactions. Especially reactions linked to inflammation and excess cramping.

I have even heard stories of women’s bodies trying to push out there IUD!

So, having said all this, is the IUD a good option for you?

That TOTALLY depends on your needs/lifestyle.

But you all know I am a HUGE fan of Fertility Awareness Method for birth control 😉

In both private 1:1 coaching, as well as group coaching, I teach you everything you need to know about applying Fertility Awareness Method to your life.

I currently only have 3 spots left for private coaching and the doors close at the end of this month.

I will also be re-launching my 6-week group program on Sept 8! 🙂

If you would love support in learning Fertility Awareness Method, you can schedule a call here to learn more about the best option for you!



Vaginal Steaming: From Skeptic to Specialist | with Kit Maloney

Vaginal steaming is a topic that I’ve wanted to discuss in-depth for a while now, and Kit Maloney is the perfect person to dive into it with.

She’s the founder of Kitara, a consumer brand for honest and holistic menstrual and uterine health products.

If the thought of vaginal steaming still weirds you out, you’re in good company—Kit was a skeptic herself! But after diving into its history and hearing story after story of its healing properties, she became hooked and made the transition from skeptic to trained specialist.

She breaks down why there is so much fear around the practice of vaginal steaming, how to practice it safely and effectively, and what it can be used to treat. You are going to learn so much about this often misunderstood practice.

We Chat About:

  • How Kit overcame her skepticism and fell in love with vaginal steaming

  • Why there are so many myths around it

  • The risk of burning in vaginal steaming

  • What is happening when you steam

  • Knowing what herbs to use

  • Vaginal steaming while trying to conceive

  • Helping with stagnation

  • Making vaginal steaming go mainstream

Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Podcasts

Or, listen on your favorite pod app HERE.

Reiki Session | Self-Paced Heal Your Period Program | 30-Minute Hormone Deep Dive

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