Can I just take a moment to say that I’m a little bitter that I am on the quest for birth control so soon? I guess I’m just one of the lucky ones. Well, whether I like it or not, here I am. And I REALLY don’t want to get pregnant anytime soon. It’s time for me to see what my options are. So, I checked-out a cute little slideshow by WebMd that highlighted all the various forms of birth control. It wasn’t very encouraging. Most methods have alarmingly high pregnancy rates, well, high by my standards. Remember, I REALLY do NOT want to get pregnant anytime soon. The most effective methods, according to WebMd are: Implant, IUD, Vasectomy, Tubal methods, and the birth control shot. Those are the methods which have a 97-99% effectiveness rate. Anything lower than that makes me nervous.
Well, in case you didn’t notice, most of those methods are pretty invasive. I also don’t want a method that has any hormones (they make me wacky) so that really limits my options to: Copper IUD, Vasectomy, and Tubal methods. “Tubal methods” and a Vasectomy are both permanent so those are off of the table because I may get some sort of “mommy amnesia” and decide to do all of this craziness again. I know that Caleb definitely isn’t ready to make that permanent of a decision either. So that leaves me with the Copper IUD.
So, I go to my primary care physician today and ask her what she thinks of the Copper IUD. She tells me that if I do the Copper IUD that I won’t be able to get pregnant for at least 10 years (not true) and that the method works by scarring the uterine tissue (also not true). How do you tell your doctor that they’re wrong? Well, I’m a chicken so I just smiled and nodded as she handed me a referral to an OB/GYN. I figured I’ll just talk about it with the next doctor and hope that she has more knowledge on the subject. My doctor had recommended the Merina IUD instead. She said it would be a great option because it’s a “progestin” based implant and can be removed at any time. Again, I smiled and nodded. I just figured I would do some research and then talk to the OB/GYN about it.
Sure enough, I go online and google Merina IUD only to find a million horror stories. So then I google Copper IUD and find more horror stories. What is it about these online forums? It’s nearly impossible to find anyone who has something good to say about anything. I remember in one of my Social Psychology classes, our professor talked about this phenomenon. Apparently, people are much more motivated to share negative experiences than positive ones. It makes sense. We have a bad experience, we never want it to happen again, we hope that by complaining about it things will change. I get that… but seriously people, I’m starting to feel like I’m just trying to find the best bad option.
All that to say that I still don’t know what I’m going to do. If any of you have some experiences you would like to share it would be greatly appreciated!
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