So today I’m supposed to get my IUD and I had to wake up at 5am to take cervix softening meds (it was disgusting as it sounds) and I am real sick from them. Like I can’t stop shaking and I’m dizzy and I’m so nauseated that it’s the closest I’ve come to vomiting in years (which says a lot, cause I’m nauseous often).

I was barely holding together enough courage to do this as it was but now I feel fucking awful and it’s the absolute last thing I wanna do. But my OBGYN uses this as a first line treatment for endo and I really want to help my pelvic pain so I guess I have to do this. Ughhhhhhh.

I got an IUD yesterday and thought oh this didn’t hurt a bit, so easy! Then last night at dinner I was almost doubled over in pain and I thought, so this is what everyone was talking about. It still is painful today so maybe some Oxy (leftover from childbirth) later.

Holden hasn’t slept well the past two nights. I couldn’t keep my eyes open so Dan took over last night. I will thank him with his favorite dinner tonight. I always feel ad when I have to tap out at night because I’m not working right now and he is. I probably won’t feel as bad when I go back to work.

Speaking of work, only 6 weeks left before I head back. 😭

The only thing i hate about having an IUD is that everytime my stomach hurts or something I’m freaked out that there’s something wrong with it because of all of the horror stories I read. Like right now I’m having extreme mid back pain on both sides and idk if I pulled muscles picking up jade the wrong way or what! It almost feels simialar to when I had a kidney infection/ovarian cyst rupture. What the eff!!!

So glad to hear that you have found condoms or a copper IUD to be the only type of birth control you need.

Also chuffed to know you don’t suffer from any mental or physical disorders or disabilities that may necessitate any medication because they can be really hard.

Similarly I am so excited to hear you earn enough each week to buy a cornucopia of fresh fruit and veggies, enough to last you through every meal.

That’s super.

My prescription pills aren’t pretty and colourful like yours, they don’t fill me up or taste very good at all but they do help correct my genetic neurotransmitter deficiency a bit. So that’s something.

But yeah, go on with your super inspired comparison of eating a banana to taking prescription medication. It’s not coming off as privileged or sanctimonious at all.

Originally posted by agitated-mind

the thing about being a young woman is that they will take everything from you. and i mean everything. and they will make it about them. your makeup, your clothes, how much you eat. your attitude, your hairstyle, your gym routine. they will take your driving and your train stations and your video games. your sexuality as sexy, your gender identity as a fetish, your cooking. your tv shows and your high heels and every harmless thing. 

if they cannot eat it, if it does not satisfy them, it will be an immediate shame. they cannot control how much you put food into your body, so it is seen as disgusting. your love of starbucks is your vapid need, your comfortable boots are symbols of your inherent stupidity. your fake nails, your body’s natural cycles, the hair on you. bath bombs, pink, the low singing of women talking about depression. your crazy, your hyper, your laughter, your loud, your excited, your passions. the things which are yours, that do not belong to them, that cannot be taken and devoured like flower petals, cannot be sucked dry until the wilt forms in you. 

do not satisfy them. let them starve. let them shy from the sin of you, the unfettered sinfulness of loving taking up space.

so since donald trump might totally fuck up women’s access to birth control, may i recommend the iud

the iud is like a t shaped device that they put up in your uterus they have strings attached to them that you can feel if you stick your fingers up in your vagina, they kind of feel like fishing lines. but theres a hormonal one and a copper one, with no hormones. i’m on the copper iud bc i have bipolar disorder and cant do hormonal birth control of any kind. and basically what the copper iud does is that, it kills sperm. so if you were to get pregnant on the iud, the iud literally terminates the pregnancy bc copper stops egg fertilization and implantation. and it lasts longer, mine is gonna last me 12 years!

the hormonal iud just thickens up your cervical mucus and makes it harder for sperm to get up in there. hormonal iuds typically last 3-5 years but sometimes longer, it depends on where you go. and i think they stop you from ovulating in some cases. and they do make your cycle lighter and and sometimes they can make them light and infrequent the longer you have it in. 

in the first month, avoid using tampons as it could pull the iud out. also check your strings regularly at first to make sure its in the correct place. theres a small risk of it falling out/puncturing your uterus within the first couple of months, but it’s rare. it occurs in one in 20 people. expulsion is most common if you normally have really bad cramps, a heavy flow, have recently given birth or gotten an abortion, and people who have not had babies yet. 

but basically its the most effective form of birth control out there with i think like a 99.8% success rate and its super easy to get, just go to planned parenthood and they’ll do it there

 sometimes it can affect your flow, making it heavier and more painful cramps, that happens with the copper iud. but i have experienced none of that. in fact, it’s completely regulated my cycle and my bleeding is WAY less than usual cause i used to have really bad bleeding before i got on birth control and bad cramps, and tbh the iud helped with that shit. but i really recommend the copper iud bc no hormones. and like i said, if you DO get pregnant on the iud the copper in the iud is lethal to sperm and prevents the pregnancy from even happening. 

but just go to planned parenthood or your doc and see what you can do about getting on one, like i said, mine’s gonna last me 12 years.  and mine cost nothing bc i got funding from the state

the insertion itself tho, is super painful. some of the most intense and painful experiences i’ve ever had, but it takes all of about 5 minutes. and make sure you go to a gyno or your doctor once a year to get your strings checked and to make sure that it’s still in place. there is a slight risk of it puncturing your uterine wall but like i said it is rare

if anyone’s got any more questions, feel free to direct them my way! i love my iud and it’s helped me quite a bit!

EDIT: I forgot to mention they are VERY expensive, sometimes $300-$500 but most of the time you can get funds from the state that will provide it for you for free or at a reduced cost! also check with your insurance provider!

Women across the country are rushing to get IUDs. Or at least, they’re tweeting about rushing to get long-term birth control, according to a surge of messages on social media.

They’re concerned that the Trump administration might end Obamacare provisions that require insurers to cover intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other contraception, and cut funding for abortion and reproductive health overall. So women are looking for long-term solutions like IUDs: ones that will outlast a presidency. But they may have a bit more time than they think.

They’re not just talking about it on social media; they’re looking for more information, too. Google Trends showed a massive peak searches for “IUD” “birth control” and “Planned Parenthood” on Wednesday.

The online conversations have left a lot of women wondering how much longer their birth control will be available without copays, as is required under the Affordable Care Act. The short answer is that while memes say women should get their IUDs before Inauguration Day, things might not be quite so urgent. The wheels of government take time to turn, so no one will lose their coverage on Day 1 of the Trump administration.

But women are already acting.

Women Rush To Get Long-Acting Birth Control After Trump Wins

Illustration: Joy Ho/NPR

I’m a trans man who wants a birth control method that gets rid of my periods and doesn’t contain estrogen. Whatcha got for me?

Someone asked us:

Hi. I’m a trans man, but I can’t afford to go on testosterone yet. My menstrual cycle really bothers me, and I may start having sex with men soon, but the estrogen in birth control pills (and the symptoms that result ‘cuz of that) makes that really, REALLY not an option I want to take. Is there any method of birth control that does not contain estrogen? Preferably one that also gets rid of periods? (Preferably one that’s also likely to be covered by my crappy insurance?)

Believe it or not, you have a lot of options to choose from!

There are quite a few hormonal birth control options that don’t contain estrogen. These “progestin-only” methods include: the implant (Implanon or Nexplanon), hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta), the shot (Depo Provera), and even some kinds of birth control pills.

Many of these methods have been shown to lessen menstrual bleeding – and sometimes even eliminate it (though it’s common to have some spotting, especially for the first few months). Speak with your nurse or doctor to figure out which of these options fits your needs best.

And let’s not forget about the good ol’ condom. Condoms are the only way to protect yourself from STDs as well as pregnancy, so it’s a great idea to use them even if you’re also on another form of birth control.

Under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), most types of birth control are now covered by insurance. Learn more

I hope this helps!

-Mylanie at Planned Parenthood

Good news: Mirena IUD and birth control implant users now get 1 extra year of pregnancy prevention!

If you’ve got a Mirena IUD or birth control implant, rejoice! New research has shown that these methods prevent pregnancy for 1 year longer than previously thought. This means that Mirena actually lasts for 6 years (up from 5), and both Implanon and Nexplanon implants last for 4 years (up from 3).

This change is ONLY for birth control implants and the Mirena IUD. The expiration time for all other types of IUDs stays the same:

  • Paragard (copper) IUD: 12 years
  • Liletta IUD: 3 years
  • Skyla IUD: 3 years

The new expiration date applies to anyone who currently has a Mirena IUD or birth control implant, as well as anyone who gets them in the future. So for example: if you got your Mirena IUD in 2012, it will prevent pregnancy until 2018 (6 years). If you get a Mirena IUD in 2016, it will prevent pregnancy until 2022.

As always, if you want to get pregnant or stop using your IUD or implant before the expiration date, your nurse or doctor can remove it at any time and your fertility will go back to normal.

A round of applause to the medical researchers for bringing us an extra year of pregnancy prevention!

-Kendall at Planned Parenthood

It contributed to a 40 percent drop in Colorado’s teen birth rate and a 42 percent drop in the state’s teen abortion rate between 2009 and 2013.

Colorado offered free birth control — and teen abortions fell by 42 percent

A birth control program, known as the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, provides intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants at little to no cost for low-income women at family planning clinics in Colorado.

Now Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking more funding to continue the startling successful birth control program.