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steph.
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well, i have to stop taking the pill because the hormones make me feel constantly dizzy and spaced out and pretty depressed. i'm not really open to trying other types of pills at the moment because i hate feeling this way and can't live my life properly like this. anyways, i'm in a long term monogomous relationship and we're very sexually active. for me, condoms don't seem like the greatest protection. i know i'd worry a lot every month about whether they failed and i was pregnant. so i'd really like a better option, but nothing that involves hormones because it is my belief that i'm sensitive to any hormonal changes and it'll mess with my head no matter what.

anyways, i was reading about IUDs... and they sounded ideal. i've been tested for STDs and have only one sex partner, so no worries about PID. no hormones, no pills to take, high protection against pregnancy, long duration, etc. BUT i'm only 17 (18 in a few months) and i've never had children, and i read a lot of websites who said they aren't recomended for teens or women who haven't had children because they're most likely to be expelled. i was wondering... is that true? or will doctors still agree to give it a try, especially if you're in your late teens and you're at very low risk for STDs? are any of you young and have one, or know someone who does?

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dailicious
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Unfortunately, what you've heard is true. One of the bigger worries about IUD insertion in younger women who have not been pregnant (not JUST women who have had children - those who have been pregnant and miscarried or terminated the pregnancy are included as well) is that the IUD will be expelled.

I'd be willing to bet a doctor is going to be more skeptical to insert an IUD on such a young woman who has never been pregnant, but of course the best person to discuss this with for you would be your doctor.

You may also want to discuss and additional non-hormonal method such as a diaphragm or cervical cap you may be able to combine with condoms for better protection.

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