I went back and forth on whether or not I should post this. In the end I decided, why not? We’re all friends here, right? Are you ready?
My name is Tami. I am Catholic. I use birth control, a Mirena IUD to be exact.
Alright. All you prayer-card-carrying-Catholics can go ahead and throw your rosaries and natural family planning charts and thermometers at me now. I’m ready. I can take it. I’m a big girl (not really, but I do have big muscles).
Are you done? Ok, good.
The main point of this post isn’t a birth control confession anyway. It’s about the IUD. I want it out. And when I say I want it out, I mean I want it out now. Right. Now.
There are numerous reasons why I want it out. The main one being that it is almost expired. This freaks me out a little bit. Because what if it’s gradually losing it’s effectiveness, and I get pregnant, and give birth to one of those babies with an IUD sticking out of it’s head? Now, I am inclined to believe that’s not possible. Except, there were two nurses I worked with at the hospital who claimed it was absolutely possible.
I’ve searched and searched the internet to find out if it does indeed lose effectiveness, and I can’t find that information anywhere. The only thing Mirena says is “It’s good for 5 years!” Ok, but then what? I’m guessing it doesn’t fall out or disintegrate after 5 years? Or, does it?
Well, anyway. So, not only do I want it out, but I’m considering taking it out myself.
Before you go throwing your rosaries at me again, just listen. This is not an original idea. Do you want to know where I first heard it? My OB! Yes, she told me she took her own IUD out at home. Aside from her, through a Google search I have found dozens of other
lunatics women who have taken their own out too!
I did ask Shawn to do it, and he declined. He said (and I quote) “I’m not yanking that out!” I asked him to please not use the word “yank” in relation to my vagina again.
I’m sure you’re wondering, why I don’t just go to the doctor and have it removed? For one, my insurance doesn’t pay for the IUD or anything to do with it, so I would have to pay for the office visit (which they consider a “procedure” which = more $) completely out of pocket. For two, the last time I had an appointment with the OB/GYN this happened, and I’m still a little miffed and worried that it would happen again. And if I did go, and that happened I’m worried that I would be like “Fine! Then I’m going to take this thing out myself, and I’m going to do it right here in this office!”
Questions? Comments? Concerns?