Wilsons Disease and Copper IUD System’s

Wilsons Disease and Copper IUD System’s

Wilsons Disease and Copper IUD System’s

“Wilson's disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes copper to accumulate in your liver, brain and other vital organs. Most people with Wilson's disease are diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 35, but it can affect younger and older people, as well.


Copper plays a key role in the development of healthy nerves, bones, collagen and the skin pigment melanin. Normally, copper is absorbed from your food, and excess is excreted through a substance produced in your liver (bile).


But in people with Wilson's disease, copper isn't eliminated properly and instead accumulates, possibly to a life-threatening level. When diagnosed early, Wilson's disease is treatable, and many people with the disorder live normal lives.”

h/t to mayoclinic for this info!


Wilson’s disease is a treatable condition which – if correctly treated – can allow patients to lead and entirely normal life. The only time it becomes something to consider is in women who seek copper-based birth control methods. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that a sufferer of this disease does not opt for any type of copper-based contraceptive method – whether it be an IUD or IUB.

There are plenty of alternatives however; for women who have the disease and require a non-hormonal birth control method, barrier systems such as the condom, sponge, cervical cap, or diaphragm, can be used.

For women seeking birth control methods that are hormonal, methods such as the pill, patch or injection may be a viable option (provided you consult with your medical practitioner before using them).


IUD and Wilsons Disease

Although the fertility status of women with Wilson's disease may be preserved, contraceptive method choice is complicated by the tendency for some methods to have an adverse effect on hepatic function and, conversely, for liver disease to compromise the efficacy of some contraceptives.

Although IUDs and oestrogen-containing oral contraceptives are relatively contraindicated in women with liver dysfunction, spermicide and barrier contraceptives are highly recommended and progesterone-only preparations can be safely prescribed.


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