I have made it clear on this very website that I’m still pretty sure I don’t want to have children, which means that, until someone will perform a tubal ligation on my young, young fallopian tubes, I am either chained to expensive and burdensome birth control, or I need to invest in an IUD. But just when I start to think “Say! An IUD would be a lot cheaper and easier for my uninsured self than these god-forsaken patches!” someone (in this case, Buzzfeed) runs another tale of an IUD gone amok and makes me reconsider. Are IUD horror stories ruining a perfectly awesome form of birth control for women like me, or am I right to be nervous about this form of contraception?
Here’s the thing about the IUD–I don’t actually know anyone personally who’s had a horrible time with it. In fact, all of my friends and some of my co-workers have already RSVPed to the Little Plastic Sperm-Thwarting Crossbow party, and they keep inviting me. Every time I mention birth control, there’s always some woman peeping in my ear about how freaking amazing her IUD is. But then, I also don’t know anyone who had their period for two months straight when they started on Ortho Tri-Cyclen…except it happened to me.
In fact, I’ve had a bad experience with every other kind of birth control I’ve every tried. Migraines? Check. Cramping that just won’t quit? Yup. Mania? Definitely. The only thing I haven’t had is a blood clot, and for that, I consider myself truly blessed. So when I finally found a birth control that worked for me, I was pretty elated. Except it’s really, really expensive. An IUD would pay itself off in a matter of months…except that it could, as I’ve learned lately, also go wandering around my uterus, or cause me to have a giant ovarian mass, or do any number of other terrible things.
Is it time to just start ignoring IUD horror stories, or is there something to them? Doctors are already overly-cautious when speaking to women (many of our readers have already told us that their doctors tried to talk them OUT of an IUD), so are these stories really necessary? Or do they just play to our deepest fears–that something will go terribly wrong with our uteruses?
What do you think, readers? Are these frightening tales of IUDs gone wrong just pandering to our fears (and vying for our pageviews), or do they offer women a much-needed piece of insight into what’s otherwise often portrayed by other women as a perfect solution to birth control?
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