Letter: A little copper in an IUD never hurt anyone

Re: ‘All about IUDs: The invisible birth control (Metro, Sept. 19)

I am a provider of women’s health care (a nurse-midwife) and while I love it when information reaches many about good birth control options for women, I shudder when there is misleading information released and worry it will limit women’s knowledge of options.

Quickly: To say copper is released from a ParaGard IUD sounds misleading as most people don’t know that we also take trace amounts of copper into our bodies each day in diet as well, where it serves good purposes. It is more useful to explain that ParaGard, by its presence in a uterus, acts as spermicide and prevents sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. Further, the ParaGard — or as it is often called, the copper IUD — most often causes heavier periods (not cessation of periods as indicated in the article).

Lastly, women can seek more information about and obtain birth control methods through many types of practitioners of women’s health including certified nurse-midwives, nurse-practitioners and physician assistants. Women should know they are not limited to getting care from physicians only and this fact increases all women’s access to health care.

Angela Ferrari, via email



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