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I'm 18 years old, and I was thinking about getting and IUD, but I've been reading a lot of research that says that many doctors wont give them to younger people.
Why is this? Are they not safe? Should I still consider getting one?

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It's not about age, but about nulliparity: in other words, when a doctor says it's about age, what they usually mean is that younger women have not usually been pregnant before.

It's not required that someone has been pregnant before to have an IUD, but pregnancy -- even if it ends with miscarriage or abortion -- has helped the uterus become more flexible, so IUDs are slightly more likely to be comfortable and less likely to expel themselves in women's bodies where there has been a pregnancy. Pregnancy also change the opening to the cervix, so insertion tends to be easier with previously-pregnant women.

But if you haven't been, you can still get an IUD. Have you talked with your own GYN about it?

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