Nowadays, variety is everything when it comes to all products, and we mean ALL. This is also true for contraceptives as well, and while the condoms and the pill are still the most widespread and commonly used contraceptives, there are also other options available out there that you may have never even heard of.
For those of you that may have not read or heard about it, there is something called copper IUD and it is a hormone-free birth control device that is inserted into the uterus of the woman. It became popular as a contraceptive that is really cost effective and relieves you of the question of whether you took a pill today or not. Also, its popularity was also due to the fact that it does not release synthetic hormones into the woman’s body as other contraceptives do.
A really important question for those women who are using the copper IUD is what are its effects to the body, and this goes especially for those women who are using it and are experiencing hair loss, as they might wonder about the connection between the two.
Copper IUD as opposed to hormone IUD
Before going into this question, we should first point out the two different types of IUD which are the used, and the most common ones are ParaGard and Mirena. The copper IUD or ParaGard is wrapped in a tiny bit of copper that supposedly separates the sperm’s head from its tail, and thus making it impossible for it to get to the egg, and it can provide birth control for up to 12 years. The Mirena on the other hand, as an IUD uses the hormone progesterone, which is a hormone that is naturally produced in our bodies and it can be effective for up to 7 years.
Contraceptives that use hormones are linked to hair loss as they cause hormonal disbalance in our bodies. However, when considering the copper IUD we also ask ourselves, if it has that kind of effect on the sperm, then what kind of effect does it actually have on the woman that is using it.
Side effects of copper IUD
Some of the most common side effects of using a copper IUD are having much more unpleasant and painful periods (as if they weren’t unpleasant enough already), painful intercourse, inflammatory disease of the pelvis, back pains. A scary scenario is also the copper IUD getting stuck in the uterus or even worse move through its wall. This unfortunate event may cause additional infections and can even damage the other internal organs as well.
The mere fact that we are inserting copper in the uterus means that the level of copper in the body can become excessive and cause copper toxicity. Too much copper in the body is known to cause fatigue, depression, nausea, mood swings and irritability, brain fogs and many more for that matter.
Health practitioners have explained how copper toxicity can come about when using the copper IUD. Copper is known to kill bacteria and fungus and humid environments make it even easier for the copper to work better. So this being said, when the body is fighting some inflammatory disease or infection in the body, it will try to use any resources available. This means that the body will start drawing copper from the IUD and this can cause copper toxicity in the body and cause all the above-mentioned side effects. This is why it is really important to avoid using the copper IUD if you are prone to inflammations or pelvic infections.
But even in women that are not prone to infections, the amount of copper in the IUD can still cause a mineral disbalance in their bodies, and it all depends on their biochemical state. Copper is a nutrient that is necessary for the body, however it needs to be in the body at the right proportions to other minerals such as zinc or iron. Adding copper into the body like this can ruin this balance and cause problems.
How does it affect the hair?
Copper IUD as a contraceptive may not contain hormones, but it does alter the biochemical contents in the body and thus influence indirectly the hormones as well, and thus cause many hormonal disbalance related problems in omen such as hair loss. So how does this come about? As we mentioned, copper doesn’t directly affect the hormone levels. However, doctors have found that excess copper has been found to hinder the functionality of the thyroid gland. Needless to say, we are starting to see the connection as the thyroid gland is the one that directly affects our reproductive and other hormones as well. So, even though the copper IUD is used as a hormone-free contraceptive option, by damaging that vital part of the body, the copper actually creates hormone-related issues such as hair loss. Many women have actually reported experiencing mild to severe hair loss after inserting the copper IUD.
Is it reversible?
Very much so! Women that have experience copper IUD related hair loss reported that the condition improved after removing the device. This means that hair growth can be boosted again with proper hair care. The Revita Hair Stimulating Shampoo is a clinically tested sulfate free, ketoconazole shampoo and has proven to be a highly effective and powerful formula in strengthening the hair, increasing the hair density and volume and improve the overall scalp health. The Revita shampoo improves healthy hair and boosts thinning hair as well, it reduces hair loss caused by stress, or other issues, such as in this case of copper poisoning, it volumizes the hair and increases the density, it creates a healthier scalp which increases the speed at which hair is renewed, makes existing hair stronger and reduces hair fall out. For maximum boost, it should be used with the Revita Hair Stimulating Conditioner at least 2-3 times per week and you will be enjoying full and healthy hair again in no time.