Having an IUD during Self Isolation (Juno4Me User, 22 yo, Hyde Park)
04.30.2020 | Juno4Me
I got my IUD this January, and even though I’m social distancing, I’m so glad I have it. It’s given me a sense of stability and control of my own reproductive health, and with a pandemic going on, this is more important than ever.
Initially I was unsure about the iud. I liked it because it was consistent, it lasts a long time, and isn’t subject to change while other methods can fluctuate in price depending on insurance and policy. I was worried about side effects, worried about the pain of the procedure, worried about complications. I decided to get one when, around December of last year, I tried to get a NuvaRing and my insurance no longer covered the brand I had been prescribed. I didn’t find out about this until I went to pick up my prescription, and had a copay triple what I was used to. I had no other option, my doctor was on holiday vacation and there was no way to get a prescription for the generic before my cycle ended. It was kind of the last straw for me; I rely on birth control to manage PMS pain and protect myself against pregnancy, and I couldn’t have it change like that without me knowing.
The procedure and the recovery turned out to be nothing to worry about. I decided to use Juno4Me because my parents don’t support IUDs, and I didn’t want them to know or for it to show up on my insurance. I went into the IUD provider’s office in the afternoon, with a snack and my partner. I didn’t have to wait very long before being seen, and the doctor was super nice. I got a Mirena IUD, which will last for 3-6 years, or until I decide to get it removed. The insertion procedure took less than 5 minutes. It was painful, I’m not going to lie! It was about as bad as my worst period cramps had been, I didn’t pass out, and within the next half an hour, I felt almost completely back to normal. The doctor gave me a heat pack and an ice pack (heat for the cramps, ice for my forehead), and I spent the night on the couch. I was back to work normally by the next morning, and have had no complications since.
Now, in the middle of the pandemic, I’m really happy I decided to get the IUD when I did. Being home and on a monthly form of birth control wouldn’t have been possible right now. Like I said, my parents are anti-birth control, and have been ever since I started going on it, almost 4 years ago at this point. I can’t get to a pharmacy, so I couldn’t get monthly birth control unless it were shipped to me, and even if I did, I would face a lot of stigma every time. Having an IUD means I can do birth control on my own terms, which means I can maintain my autonomy right now. It’s also a huge relief to not have to worry about birth control, period, right now. Even though I’m not sexually active (practice social distancing, y’all), I still need birth control to manage my cycle. And that’s a big deal right now! It would just be one more source of uncertainty, and one I’m grateful that I don’t have. Getting my IUD gave me peace of mind in this area of my life, and I’m so glad that I got one.