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I would really like to get an IUD, but I have no idea where/how to find an OBGYN that can insert one for me. How do I find a doctor?
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Have you tried our Find-a-Doc?

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I did but when I hit the "apply" button nothing happened it only showed a few recently listed results.
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I was thinking of going to the Planned Parenthood Clinic in my area but my friends and family have discouraged me from doing so because they don't think that Planned Parenthood provides quality care.
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It says Most Recent Listings but actually if you click apply the ones that show up are the ones in your area.

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Okay, I tried again, and as it turns out there just aren't any listed for my immediate area. Oh well.
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Have you checked clinic listings on google in your area? Or checked to see if there's a PP in your area? Generally if they don't insert them somewhere, they can give you a number you might try for someone that can.

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Hi redupright, I may be able to help you locate the information you're looking for. What part of Virginia are you in? (For example, can you name a nearby city or list your zip code.) What type of insurance do you have, if any? Are you a current college student? How old are you? What's your current relationship status? [I'm a big fan of IUDs all-around but sometimes these things affect whether or not particular doctors will prescribe them. Therefore, the more detailed your response, the better match I may be able to find for you. [Smile] ]
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Stephanie1:
I tried google but didn't have much success. I did schedule a birth control consultation with Planned Parenthood tomorrow.

Ecofem:
I'm 22, I'm a current college student and I'm engaged to be married. I'm located in Central, VA and I just found out that my insurance doesn't cover IUDs.

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I would just like to throw in an ARRRGGHH at your insurance not covering IUDs. Ugh.

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Wow, I'm impressed how quickly you got that appointment at PP!

I may be able to get the name of a healthcare provider in Charlottesville but that may or may not to be close enough for you. (Before I ask around, is it?) Honestly, it sounds like Planned Parenthood is going to be your best bet; without insurance, they are most likely to be your "cheapest" option by far.

The health department is an excellent place to go for free/low-cost birth control but it is my understanding that IUDs are not currently included. Local free clinics, however, may have them available. I'd call and check. If your college has a health center, you could also go there and at least ask who they'd recommend you see.

I read up a bit on your posting history and I noticed that you have reported painful intercourse in the past. I'm sorry to hear that and hope the situations improves soon. While PIV intercourse is certainly not the be all, end all of partnered sex, if it's something that's important to you, I'd hope you and your boyfriend can work things out before you get married. [Smile] I will also mention that some women say IUD insertion feels relatively painless to them, some find it to be incredibly painful. If you think this might be an issue, it may be worthwhile considering other options. Again, I'd hope that wouldn't be an issue since you'd like the IUD but you'd probably still have to pay, for the appointment at least and out of pocket, even if insertion is not successful. If money's an issue, you might consider waiting until you're working full-time in a year or two and could have better insurance. Of course, the consultants at PP can advise you on all of this. Good luck!

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I know it really sucks. I have access to low cost birth control through my school but the problem is that I have migraines so I can only take one or two types of BCPs or Depo.

I currently have a presecription for the pill which I got last week which my doctor discouraged me from filling until after my next period.

I really don't want to take Depo because my doctor said I would pretty much be guaranteed to gain weight and I'm already overweight and am trying to lose some extra pounds.

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Hi again, I think you saw my last post. [Smile]

Did you talk to that doctor about the possibility of an IUD? If you see a specialist for your migraines, have you talked to her/him?

Is there a specific reason you are leaning towards getting an IUD versus taking birth control pills? Have you ever used any forms of hormonal birth control before?

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The doctor who I asked about birth control works at student health. I don't see doctors or specialists regularly.

The reason why I'm leaning toward an IUD instead of birth control pills is because the doctor at student health told me that the pills I could take were less effective than other pills and that I had to take them at the same time every day or they wouldn't be effective. She also said that I shouldn't start taking them until after my next period.

Additionally the last time I took hormonal birth control (Loestrin) it made me feel nauseous and dizzy. I'm concerned about having to take the pill at the same time every day and decreased effectiveness since my fiance is really paranoid about getting me pregnant.

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I would like to add that we use condoms and the withdrawal method every time we have sex.

The idea that the IUD could be long term also appeals to me since at this point in my life I am 95% sure that I never want to have children but would prefer a reversible form of birth control rather than doing something drastic like having my tubes cut/tied.

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Just throwing this out there as a possibility: do you know if your insurance covers the implant as a form of birth control? Obviously, if you're really set on an IUD then that's great, but the implant might be something else to consider: it's long-term, progestin-only (so the migraine thing isn't an issue) and very, very effective.

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My insurance doesn't cover any form of birth control, and I'm not crazy about the implant.
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My insurance doesn't cover any form of birth control, and I'm not crazy about the implant.
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It sounds like that appointment at PP is your best next step from here on. If you're not happy with the services you're offered, I'd recommend asking friends about their BC options. More and more young women are getting IUDs so I can imagine that at least one or two people you know have them and can share their experiences and give doctor references. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the IUD+insertion to cost $300-1000, depending on where and how. Again, it is my understanding that Planned Parenthood has some of the best rates for people paying out-of-pocket.

I hope things go well tomorrow. [Smile]

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Thanks.
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