Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I shouldn't have to say this, but please do not remove my IUD unless I ask you to do so.

PZ Myers at Pharyngula has a post up about the Mexican nurse who's been removing women's IUDs against their wills. As if that's not scary enough (and believe me, it's scary), she also has no idea how an IUD actually works, saying that "what the IUD does is take the fertilized egg and pushes it out of the uterus."

Actually (and I can't believe a nurse practitioner at a family health services clinic doesn't know this) "what it does is induce a low-grade, local inflammation in the reproductive tract that causes changes in cervical mucus, hindering the passage of sperm. The device itself also seems to block sperm activity, and some IUDs also slowly release progestin, a hormone that suppresses ovulation. It is not an abortifactant. It is basically a kind of barrier method. Most of the uninformed complaints about the IUD are built on the fact that it also induces changes to the uterine lining which would inhibit implantation if sperm somehow managed to fertilize an egg."

As Myers says, "how about firing this bozo because she is ignorant about the facts of her job?"

It's scary that people like this are allowed within fifty feet of an IUD, or of any form of contraception that a woman has freely chosen and hasn't asked to have removed. But at least Myers has a sense of humour about it:

"Ladies, welcome to your future. A future in which others will decide whether you may have children or not. Don't worry, though: they will never say "not". And don't feel like your choices will be taken out of your hands, you still have a choice. If you don't want to get pregnant, just never have sex, you slut."


At January 21, 2009 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Franki said...

That should be "New Mexico," not "Mexican."


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