I’ve been somewhat terrified of this day for the last two and a half weeks, give or take a few days. Ever since I made a decision to switch to an IUD for birth control. Here is your warning now, to leave if you don’t want to think about me using this. But I consider it odd, and maybe even wrong, that birth control is treated as so private it’s almost shameful. I feel that we should be able to discuss it much like vitamins, if we so choose. Or we should be able to not discuss it if we don’t want it talked about. But no one should be shamed for thinking about, taking, or talking about birth control.
The decision for an IUD for me, comes from several places. We still can’t say for sure that we do or don’t want kids. We’re more on the no than the yes, but we don’t want to permanently close any doors this early. But we certainly don’t want kids in the next 2-3 years. So I wanted something that would last and not be a pain to deal with.
The pain to deal with aspect removed condoms, pills, the Nuva Ring, shots, and patches. I don’t want to have to take something, go in for something, etc. I came off of the Implanon implant in April, and while it worked for me, I like that an IUD is even more localized and good for a longer period of time.
But there’s the whole placement issue of the IUD. Once I picked it, I just wanted it done, but of course our clinic couldn’t schedule it that quickly, leaving me to dread it for this whole time. I was worried about the pain. I was worried they wouldn’t be able to place it. I was worried about fainting. I was worried about not being able to work in the afternoon.
In my head, it became this BIG SCARY ORDEAL.
I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve ever done. But it also wasn’t nearly as painful, uncomfortable, or scary as I expected. I had blown it completely out of proportion.
The afternoon has been filled with lots of caffeine, advil, and cuddling on the couch with a book. And all of that seems to be helping immensely. I do notice when the medication starts to wear off, but it’s happening right at the allowable time to take more.
Do you find birth control to be a taboo topic? Do you think it should be?