Check out this article by one of our FEMM-Teachers-in-Training, Celine Kinneberg–five facts to know before considering an IUD implant, such as the following:
03. IT TRIPLES THE RISK OF MENTAL ILLNESS.
In women who have had a child, most IUDs are inserted by the 6 week postpartum office visit. Mirena, for instance, is a popular IUD deemed compatible with breastfeeding. Postpartum depression (PPD) can be debilitating for a woman and her family. According to the CDC, about 1 in 8 women experience PPD. Some women struggling with PPD may really be suffering from the side effects of their IUD and may not know it.
Non-postpartum women are also at increased risk for depression. A recent Danish study concluded that “compared with nonusers, users of hormonal contraception had a 40 percent increased risk of depression after six months of use. Some types of contraceptives carried even greater risk. Women who used progestin-only pills more than doubled their risk, for example, while those who used the levonorgestrel IUD (brand name Mirena) tripled their risk.”
Women who are in need of a family planning method should check out FEMM Education classes, which provide a risk-free method with very high effectiveness rates. Classes are available here.