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Sunday Morning
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So after a lot of thought, and after a break up, I've decided to abstain from sex until marriage.

However - I'm still considering getting a copper IUD.. Is that strange, or is that reasonable? I have Family PACT insurance in California - which would basically cover the IUD, and I plan on going to law school/grad school soon so I was thinking I might as well get the IUD now while it's covered since I don't know what insurance is like when I go back to school.

It's more of a safety measure and reassurance. How long does the IUD last - up to 10-12 years, right?

Just context - I'm 22 right now, and nulliparous.

What do you all think? I've thought of birth control pills too, since it would give the added benefit of an easier to track cycle/bleeding (my menstrual cycles are pretty long, usually 30-38 days). However, I'm not sure if I'm down for the hormones.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Sunday Morning,

You can of course choose to go on whatever birth control method you and your healthcare provider decide is best for you. Since both of the methods you're talking about need to be prescribed by a healthcare provider, how about making an appointment with one so you can ask these questions and discuss your options? A healthcare provider will be able to take your health history into account, as well as your current needs, in helping you choose which method would be best for you.

I confess I'm a little confused here though. You say that you're deciding to abstain from sex (i'm presuming you mean intercourse) until marriage, but are feeling like you need the security of birth control. Are you thinking you might change your mind? It's perfectly okay if your decisions aren't set in stone. [Smile]

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Sunday Morning
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Yeah - it's because it may not totally be set in stone, haha. I'd rather just get it now when I know it's practically free for me. Family PACT is amazing here in Cali.
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That makes perfect sense. [Smile]

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Heather
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Family PACT and other programs like it are SO great, I agree. We have a similar one here in WA. [Smile]

I also agree that when and if we have access to programs like this and know we do or soon will want a given method we can get with them, it does make sense to go ahead and do that while we have access. Especially with a method that can be so costly at the outset, like an IUD. And yep, a copper-T IUD lasts around a decade.

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Sounds great! I talked about birth control today at Planned Parenthood, and scheduled an appointment for next week!
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Sounds great! I talked about birth control today at Planned Parenthood, and scheduled an appointment for next week!
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