I am a 19-year-old college student and strong proponent of women’s sexual health.
After over a year using various hormonal methods of birth control, I made the decision to have an IUD inserted. I made the personal decision to choose the Paragard (copper) IUD, which is non-hormonal and provides 10-12 years of continuous birth control. That being said, I believe that there are pros and cons for each type of IUD and my decision should not be taken as advice for anyone else. It is up to each person to understand the benefits and risks of these devices and choose for oneself.
I will attempt to aggregate as much relevant information as I can in order to make this process as well-informed and fearless as possible.
My personal experience (like all personal experiences) should not be taken as applicable to everyone. There are many factors which can affect your experience of the process, and while I know that horror stories are easy to come by, remember that no two experiences are identical and that the most vocal groups within any topic are those strongly for and strongly against it.
I will be chronicling my experience in the hopes that others can find a sense of confidence and satisfaction as they make their decision regarding the IUD and other forms of birth control.