#TeamIUD – Now Teen Friendly!

When it comes to birth control, the IUD has something of a bad reputation. Or at least, that’s what most people bring up when you mention it. But, thankfully, all that’s changing now. In fact, one might even say the IUD is now trendy (because if the New York Times is on it…). All that being said, the IUD still has to work against certain stigma, like some providers being unwilling to insert them in people who haven’t given birth. Yet it looks like a change is on the horizon.

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with the recommendation that the IUD is one of the best forms of birth control for teens. In fact, they recommend it over the Pill. Huzzah, go #TeamIUD!

For more on the IUD and clearing up some misconceptions, check out this video.

5 thoughts on “#TeamIUD – Now Teen Friendly!

  1. While an IUD does protect against pregnancy, it must remain in the uterus to do this. Teens should also be aware of the consequences, like surgical laparoscopic surgery that can be required to remove an IUD that has torn through the uterine muscle, and the risk of fertility loss when this does happen. That’s a lot for a teen to take on.

    • … to clarify, I only bring this up because there should be better birth control options available for all women, regardless of age, and for the men that also participate when unintentional babies are an issue…

      • Agreed – but I think that as long as all the risks are presented (and the chance of those risks made known), that teens are capable of deciding if it’s the right choice for them!

        On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:06 PM, The Mamafesto wrote:

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  2. My doctor told me it is the first choice among nurses and doctors for their own birth control, so that says a lot. I just got one, and was a little surprised when my insurance company refused to pay for it. It was humiliating in a way. Maybe because that came on the heels of people I know saying the IUD causes abortion (absolute not true). Or maybe because my insurance company is better off paying for an IUD instead of birth control pills or a pregnancy, yet they still make me fight for what my insurance (that I pay for) should be covering. We’ve come a long way, baby, but not far enough.

    • Ugh. I am so sorry your insurance company won’t cover the IUD. It seems like basic common sense (and math!) that covering an IUD is going to be cheaper for them in the long run then dealing with a pregnancy.

      On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 6:42 PM, The Mamafesto wrote:

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