eaglewings51 wrote:I've heard that a lot of doctors won't fit you for an IUD if you're a virgin and if they do, it tends to be very painful and difficult if not impossible. Does anyone know if there's truth to that?
The myth is more about having been pregnant before than being a virgin. And both are false. I was a virgin when I got my IUD (Mirena) and there were no issues. The gyno said it was a textbook insertion. Additionally, I am very small...the gyno did exclaim "holyshit you are tiny!!!" when she first looked. So uh...speaking as a tiny virgin haha, I had no issues.
The trick is more finding a doctor used to inserting IUD's. If you are in the US try planned parenthood they seem to (in general) have very good experience with the process. Every one I've been to so far (had to use two different ones in MI, and now I'm in AL) has had set days for IUD insertion so we're talking weekly practice here with the procedure. If the gyno tells you they can't becuase you are a virgin, or can't because you've never had a kid, they don't know what they are doing so that solves that! If they have any experience with IUDs and are good with them, they will tell you it's fine. You can use that as your gauge.
For my insertion they used a local lidocaine injection (and what i understand word-of-mouth between those I know who didn't have the lidocane and those who did, having it makes the insertion much easier) which may sound scary but honestly it bothered me less than a pap smear does. There was a bit of slight cramping during the insertion but focusing on breathing and relaxing my core fixed that. I walked out and drove the hour home. It was about then I got hit with the "rollercoaster cramps" but the worst of the cramping was much less than period cramps so it wasn't really bothersome.
Benefits of my Mirena? Well very slight and short periods (down from 10-12 days of constant Niagara Falls to 2-3 days of spotting with about an hour of steady flow), BC I dont have to worry about (and I've been told by some guys, ones that know of IUDs, they prefer IUD's because some girls lie about being on bc as they want to get pregnant but you can't lie about an iud! which...holyshit I never knew some lied about that!), and it's good for 5 years! No daily/weekly/monthly thing to worry about. And I've not had any side effects from it. If anything, my mood and health is way better not bleeding that much and getting anemic and being crabby from all the cramping! haha.
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." ~ Einstein