Hello, my feminist friends! This blog post is featuring my lovely friend Lora and her IUD journey. Scroll for more~
Normally, I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger. However, I’m also an intersectional feminist and that’s something really important to me, too. The process of getting my IUD was something I wanted to share with everyone, especially the college aged girls that will probably read this, because I think it’s important.
Before I start in on the process, I just wanted to thank Annabelle from www.mixed-hues.com and Katiee from www.lifestartswithcoffee.com for letting me have a voice and allowing me to guest post on their beautiful feminist friendly blogs. <3
This post will be split into two separate posts. You’re currently reading Part 1 and you can find Part 2 on Annabelle’s blog.
Part 1 is all about:
- How I found out about the IUD
- Research I did to figure out how it was the right choice for me
- Research on how to afford it
- Who I talked to and what I learned
Part 2 is all about:
- The process of getting one
- How it feels after
- How I feel now that I’ve had mine for six months
I’d also like to add that I am not by any means an expert on this topic. This is just my experience and you should definitely consult your OB/GYN or doctor before making any decisions. We all have extremely different bodies and different cycles. At the end of the day, you do you-terus (see what I did there? Haha… okay moving on!).
Why an IUD?
Since the 8th grade, I’ve taken oral birth control. I had extremely bad PMS as young as 13. It was painful and would often cause me to miss school. Once I got on the pill, I had no problems at all with my period. It became regular and I had little to no PMS symptoms. This was all fine and dandy until I realized a big problem – I had little to no sex drive anymore. When I did some research on it, I found that being on oral birth control for an extended period of time (3+ years) can affect your testosterone levels. This is due to the pill causing your hormone levels to stay relatively stable throughout your cycle. My low-dose birth control was no longer working for me. This fact, along with my concerns about the healthcare system under the Trump administration, pushed me to look into other options for birth control.
Making the choice
I went to my doctor to find out about my birth control options. She suggested that for me, I should look into an implant, IUD, patch, or shot. I had heard good things about the IUD implants so I asked her to tell me more about those specifically. An IUD is an intrauterine device and is considered the most reliable birth control method. It’s a small piece of plastic that is placed inside your uterus by a doctor and is good for years (how many years depends on the one you get). There is a copper one that is non-hormonal but my doctor did not reccomend this one for me considering my history with PMS symptoms. I ended up choosing the Lileta, but there are other options. From Planned Parenthood’s website, “The hormones in the Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla IUDs prevent pregnancy in two ways: 1) they thicken the mucus that lives on the cervix, which blocks and traps the sperm, and 2) the hormones also sometimes stop eggs from leaving your ovaries (called ovulation), which means there’s no egg for a sperm to fertilize. No egg, no pregnancy.”
Affording an IUD
For me, switching to an IUD was important because I wasn’t sure if my oral birth control was going to continue to be free under my health insurance anymore. As we know, the Trump administration is changing a lot about our healthcare system, and the future of birth control coverage is vague. My health insurance that I got through the marketplace doesn’t cover IUDs. So, I had to find my other options. For me, I found out that due to paying Minnesota taxes at my job, I was able to apply for a specific family planning program that would help me cover the cost of an IUD. I only found out about this program through the helpful employees at the Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, MN. Do not be afraid to ask them for help, they want you to be able to afford one. Without insurance or some help, an IUD can cost you around $1000.
In all honesty, most of my research was done off of Planned Parenthood’s website as well as just speaking with my doctor. I also reached out to some friends for their own personal experiences with their IUDs. All testimonials must be taken with a grain of salt (yes, that includes my own!). I would not recommend going on any forum sites for advice. I made that mistake and almost scared myself out of getting one!
To find out about the process of getting one, how it feels after, and how I feel now that I’ve had mine for six months, please click here to read part two!
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