Sam Beau

Implant or Explant – Mirenas

An interview with ATP science

Contraception has always been tricky but a delightful option since it’s inception and focus from the 1950s.

The first oral contraceptive pills were used and unwanted pregnancies were avoided.

Most oral contraceptive pills use synthetic hormones to “trick” the female body into believing it is pregnant, so an egg is not released. The problem with the pill is that is can often create a hormone imbalance – namely too much estrogen >>> cancers, weight gain, depression, anxiety. While progestins have been known to cause blood clots, stroke and skin outbreaks.

In the late 90s devices offered women other solutions. The copper coil seemed well tolerated but still had a failure rate. And morally it can still allow conception, just not impregnation, which is against all Christian and other faith’s beliefs.

The advent of the mirena – a coil coated in progestins became widely available. It offered potential contraception but switching off ovulation (sometimes) and stabilising the endometrial lining. Which seems appealing for women who have heavy periods.

What the mirena has been shown to do , now in use for years, is create weight gain and other very well documented side effects. You can read my blog on the mirena >>> here <<

This is a podcast I did with the awesome guys at ATP Science.