Why Every Teen Girl Should Have an IUD

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condomParents of teenage girls everywhere, rejoice! For unto us comes tidings of great joys. Or, in modern words, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has finally realized there's an incredibly simple way to put an end to this teen pregnancy problem that continues to plague America. IUDs. IUDs for everyone!

Yes, everyone. As in, we can finally get our teenage daughter the IUD instead of having to wait until she's actually had a baby -- which, in case you hadn't guessed is kind of too late. Could we finally have the solution to the biggest problem with teen girls and birth control?

As parents, we can stress the importance of birth control until we're blue in the face, but we can't force them to use it.

We need our daughters to take the pill every day at the same time -- whether an early morning honor society meeting or a late soccer game happens or not. We need them to be extra careful if they're taking an antibiotic. We need them to pack condoms.

But come on, how many times have you gotten a "Mooooom, I forgot my lunch" call from the school?

Kids forget things. They're human. It happens. The trouble is, an "oops, I didn't take my birth control pill today" is not on the same level as an "oops, I didn't take the garbage out." That's how women -- and teenage girls -- end up pregnant.

Of course, it would just be easier if they waited. Duh! But since almost 50 percent of kids in American high schools are sexually active, and three quarters of them admit they aren't using birth control, sticking your head in the sand and pretending it won't happen is akin to slapping a name tag on your chest that says, "Hello, My Name Is Grandma." And as Teen Mom star Maci Bookout reminded the world the other day ... teen girls are pushing sex too.

This is where we need to bake our muffin baskets and send 'em to ACOG for finally getting hip to the way teenagers work. Now that IUDs are safer than they were in the old days, this is common sense.

You can't forget an IUD. You can't take an antibiotic and have the IUD suddenly not be as effective as it could be. You aren't stuck depending on a guy who has had that condom in his wallet since he was 12 when he stole it from his older cousin's room.

And convincing our teenager to get one of these things shouldn't be that hard: half of MTV's Teen Mom stars spend so much time babbling on about how they use Mirena (one type of IUD) to prevent a second pregnancy that some of the episodes should come with a warning! Kailyn Lowry even took the cameras into the OB/GYN office for her appointment.

So now the question is whether parents will realize what a burden this could take off their shoulders. No more harping on your daughter to take her pill? No more nervous nail biting about condoms? Sounds like a plan to me ...

Would you get your daughter an IUD?


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nonmember avatar nicky

IUD's should not be used on young women who've never had kids. And not every teen is sexually active and needs something up her cervix so soon.

Hi_Rae Hi_Rae

I have an iud now and if I had a teen daughter I would most certainly get her one as well

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Rhodin Rhodin

My first instinct is somewhere between "No" and "Noooooooooooooooooo!".  Then again, my oldest daughter's 2 and it's damn near impossible imagining her in a situation where she'd need an IUD.  Right now, I'm toying with the idea of getting her a WoW account on her 13th birthday.  If it takes, I won't have to worry about her having sex until she's well into her 30s.  >.>

nonmember avatar TheSimpleTruth

Oy. I don't know know what to say to this. You're right we can't stick our heads in the sand believing our little angels aren't the ones having sex, but man oh man - this just seems like the free pass from hell...plus, it doesn't help with std's. Thankfully, my daughter is still young, so I have a few years to think about this, but I don't know. I was actually one of those people that waited and took pride in my virginity. I also dated guys in high school and college that were also that way (we were very religious and the man I was engaged to throughout college is now an evangelist and really upstanding guy). I waited until I was married (no, not the preacher). My parents kept me and my social life under a microscope. They knew where, when, and how ALL the time with me. My mom was one of those few that would pop in to a restaurant when I was on a date just to be sure I was where I said I'd be (this was before cell phones - I'm old lol!).

chigi... chigirl1228

One of the other suggestions with an IUD is you should be in a monogamous relationship. I have an IUD in and I am prone to UTIs and have some minor joint pain. I love my IUD but I do not think it's a good suggestion for teens.

nonmember avatar Rach

It is not true that "almost" 50% of teens are having sex. Only 28% of girls 15-17 are sexually active, compared to 60% of girls 18-19 (http://www.livescience.com/10660-42-teens-15-19-sex.html). And no I would not get my daughter an IUD, I would expect my daughter to not be sexually active until she is responsible enough to deal with the consequences of an unintended pregnancy; that is until she is married. Those percentages are generalizations of the whole population, I'd like to see them broken down by socio-economics and parental beliefs. I was one of the very few sexually active teens in my group of (Mormon) friends; so yes, I do believe teens are capable of waiting until they are not teens, if not married.

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

Absolutely not. IUDs can cause silent infections that destroy your fertility. I had a terrible experience with one, and I would never encourage my daughter to get one. She's been taught about safer sex, and I have to hope that I've raised her to be responsible.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Not a chance! Someone who is not even sexually active should NOT have anything placed in their uterus. This is insane. How can a young girls body develop properly with all these hormonal birth control methods and intrauterine devices. I don't agree with any of it. Not even the spermicide on condoms. I live as chemical free as possible and hope to teach my children to do the same. I use natural family planning and withdraw. I hope my daughter chooses the same after she is married.

we2an... we2angels

if they make them where women who have not had kids can have them then yes I would want them for both my girls. of core it's not a free license to be active they do not guard against stds

right now the copper iud makes periods miserable and mirena gave me awful pain so they'd have to be much improved first

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