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Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, guys in bars, and her own Grandma Phyllis about where love and sex meets technology.

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Options June 18, 2014: #8 - Hacking the Uterus (Rebroadcast)
Take a deep breath, and come along as Andrea prepares for her appointment to get an IUD, or intrauterine device. Though many women describe the insertion process as one of the most painful experiences of their lives, the women who love their IUDs can't say enough about how it's led to an entirely new kind of independence from hormones and hassle.

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        Take a deep breath, and come along as Andrea prepares for her appointment to get an IUD, or intrauterine device. Though many women describe the insertion process as one of the most painful experiences of their lives, the women who love their IUDs can't say enough about how it's led to an entirely new kind of independence from hormones and hassle. 
Beex  Beat, Beat   Options Necroscopix (1970-1981)  Artifacts/yclept  Free Music Archive 
Adrienne and Elise at Palace Cafe in Greenpoint        At the Palace Cafe in Greenpoint

 
My IUD and Me        Here's the article from my friend Adrianne Mathiowetz 
My Mom        Had a bad IUD experience 
Grandma Phyllis        Tried to trick Grandpa into knocking her up 
Anonymous        1/1000 
Krackatoa  Chasing Butterflies into the Snow   Options Dining On Backs of the Brave  Krackatoa  Free Music Archive 
This Episode Reviewed by the Guardian Media Podcast        Listen Here 

Listener comments!

Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:02pm Ange:

Hi everyone! Submitting this episode to some contests and stuff, so would love feedback on anything that's edit-able.
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:06pm Robert:

What ever happened to the cervical cap? That was thought to be the coming thing in contraception 40 yrs. ago when I took Obs-Gyn.
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:14pm Robert:

Reminds me of withdrawal from Tramadol.
Avatar Wed. 6/18/14 7:16pm dB from Oakland:

Hi Andrea! Keep us posted if we're able to vote for you in any of these contests #TeamWhyOhWhy
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:17pm Robert:

There's a much gentler, gradual way to dilate a uterine cervix, using a pessary. The pessary swells over about a day.
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:19pm M:

These IUD and birth control stories are exactly the same as the experiences told from the 70s
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:20pm Meeps:

I'm so glad you're sharing this episode, and just wanted to also share my experience with the IUD.

I had an absolutely awful experience with the Mirena IUD. The insertion was so painful my eyes well up everyone I talk about it. After, my periods were completely unpredictable (and they didn't stop). From then on, everyday I had debilitating cramps that were so powerful I wouldn't be able to stand. And to top it off, I gained 30lbs in 3 months without any other life changes.
It was insane.

Unfortunately when I talked to my doctor about everything, she didn't know why I had these *unusual symptoms and only in some forum did I see there were other women who experienced these unbearable issues.

I had my IUD removed after 7 months. The hormones scared me so much I refuse to try again -- it's condoms + period tracker app for life!
Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:24pm Ange:

Meeps -- these stories are SO COMMON. Thanks for sharing. Since I first aired this episode, I can't tell you how many stories like this I've heard. So sorry tou had to go through that. I still have the most vivid pain memory ever oy my own IUD insertion.
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:29pm Robert:

In my experience, ObsGyns make little of pain. I was even taught by one that childbirth wasn't really painful, but that the Mexican-American & Central-American women we had a lot of as patients at Cook Co. Hosp. were just screaming a lot during parturition because in their culture it was considered good luck!
Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:35pm Eyepatch Fox:

I was put on Ortho Tricyclin when I was 18, and It put me into a deep deep depression which ended with me having to drop out of college because I couldn't get out of bed. Turns out I have PCOS, and it was the total opposite of the kind of hormones I should have been on.
  Wed. 6/18/14 7:36pm Meeps:

Ange, your show is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing these experiences! It's too easy to write BC off as a solved problem.
Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:42pm Eyepatch Fox:

I decided, at 34, to get my tubes tied. I was afraid that rough sex like fisting or something might mess up an IUD, and I didn't want to have to worry about it in the future. My mom had her tubes tied when I was a kid, she had no scars, so I thought nothing of it. I should have checked out my doctor better. He said the scar would be below the hairline. It totally wasn't.

This is how I looked when I woke up.

www.flickr.com...

Now I look like I was attacked with a stapler. The scar is tethered to the skin beneath it, like a second bellybutton.
Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:47pm Ange:

@Eyepatch -- that's HORRIBLE. WTF. I actually have had a few women want to talk to me about the decision to get their tubes tied -- the scar was the last thing I was thinking of. Why are girl parts so behind modern medicine?
Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:49pm JakeGould:

@Ange As a guy might I say, “Why are [women anything] so behind [what it should be]?”
Avatar    Wed. 6/18/14 7:58pm Eyepatch Fox:

Yeah, I had to FIGHt with the guy to do it, too. Even though I was 34 years old, with a mohawk. He thought I was too young to get it done. I should have let him talk me out of it. :/

If you want ladies for a tubal ligation show, I'll tell you all the details!
Avatar Wed. 6/18/14 7:59pm quinn:

i like this one
  Thu. 6/19/14 12:49am mary:

Got pregnant on the Copper IUD and had a procedure. Diaphragm sloppy and got pregnant. Procedure.
Now the fab cervical cap- love it. Snug, well fitted by an older MD. Tried pill for about a month at the very beginning and too sick and weird health. No way I am using that again and I now have quite regular periods and cycle. Love it.
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