Sunday, June 12, 2011
Paragard IUD Removal
Now, before I go into this, I'll tell you two things. First, this is most definitely not medical advice, and everyone's situation is different. This is simply my story. Second, this might get a tad bit graphic, so those of you who are still afraid of your own bodies should turn back.
I had my IUD placed almost 3 years ago after my second child was born. I had already known that hormonal birth control simply wasn't an option. I mean...I wrote my MH thesis on the dangers of synthetic hormones, specifically estrogen. I wasn't about to undo all the hard work I'd done just getting my personal hormonal rhythm as balanced as it is through cleansing, diet and herbs. My midwife, who is also a CNP, suggested Paragard, a hormone free copper and plastic IUD, and I went for it. And honestly...I never really had any major problems.
Well, if I'm being nit-picky...yeah, it does make your period a little worse. Instead of bleeding for a few days, I seemed to bleed everything in a 2-3 day rush, resulting in a very unmanageable flow on the second day that always seemed to coincide with family vacations/shopping trips/holidays/etc. Cramping is also an issue. However, if you've ever investigated birth control these are pretty small prices to pay for hormone free, totally reversible birth control.
So, why take it out? To put it bluntly: I had a dream. I dreamt that I took out my IUD, and when I woke up, I knew that it was something I already wanted to do. Sounds crazy, right? Let me explain.
Modern people, even health conscious ones, depend on someone else to tell them when something is wrong with them, many times someone they've never even met before. Parents take their children every couple of months to a doctor who they don't even see on a day to day basis to ask them if their babies are healthy. Mechanical tests and scans and X rays are so normal, so commonplace and accepted, that people have forgotten the most powerful form of health assessment: listening to their bodies!
Your body will tell you everything you need to know. It might not be able to give you blood work, but it will tell you precisely what is wrong. Unfortunately, when the body does it's job and communicates it's problems to you, you go to the doctor. "Doctor, something is wrong, can you fix it? Can you give me something?" But what you've done is look at the message your body gave you and asked a STRANGER to fix it! To make the message go away! You take pills and follow your doctor's orders, and finally the messages go away, only to resurface in a different form. Your body won't be ignored, and eventually sends a message so strong you can't recover.
Pay attention to your body. In my case, after I had the dream, I gave the subject serious thought. I was, and still am, pretty sweet on the whole copper IUD thing. But the idea of taking it out resonated so strongly on an energetic level that I began to wonder if having a man-made plastic device sitting inside my body wasn't causing some sort of disturbance in the force. As an Usui Reiki Master, I've learned through my practice that virtually ALL dis-ease and illness begins invisibly at first. It could be with an argument, a divorce, a death, a feeling of anger, a loss of hope, a lack mentality...mental, emotional, or spiritual. Your body, and all physical matter, are vibrating manifestations of energy. Something is tangible because the energy is vibrating on a particular wavelength.
So, if uncontrolled emotions and negative mindsets can create imbalances inside a person that eventually result in the energy shifting so far that the physical result is dis-ease...what sort of effect would placing a unnatural object in that body have? Could it cause blockages and stagnation? I believe so. Within the first 24 hours of removal I experienced several surges of raw emotion that passed within moments, yet were undeniable. On top of that idea, in a woman's body the womb is not only the source of her power of creating life but also creativity overall, for birthing new projects, new ideas, and new ways of thinking. Women are constantly transforming, constantly experiencing a new cycle of life, partially because much of their personal power resides in the womb area, the sacral area. To place a piece of plastic in it to stifle the cycle that is part of my personal power began to feel very wrong.
Before someone gets into a huff and starts spouting the dangers of IUD removal, I was advised by my health care practitioner before removal, and of course I advise all women to do the same. It's very rare, but an IUD could potentially begin to implant itself in the uterine walls, and might require surgery to remove. But in all honesty, when you ask your doctor to remove your IUD, what they will do is grab it by the strings and pull it out. There's nothing fancy about it: that's what the strings are for. Worse, I've heard some horror stories from women whose doctors try to convince them not to take it out or sometimes refuse, telling the woman to give it time and come back later. Thankfully, my midwife runs no such operation :)
Pulling it out was not painful. Yeah, it's uncomfortable, especially getting the T bit past the cervix, but I waited until menstruation to make it easier, and really, it was a piece of cake. Getting those stupid strings was the worst part. But it took me all of 30 seconds to get the job done, and I'm so glad I did it. The next day I created this new herbal infusion blend, a gentle woman's tonic that tones the entire reproductive system, gently supports the liver for extra hormone balancing, and is loaded with precious vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll. I like this shot because it shows the many layers of herbs designed to support and nourish the many layers of a woman, all of them integral to wholeness.
Posted by Jessica at 8:43 AM