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        03-24-2014, 10:58 PM
    You shouldn't need any STD checkups.

    Have you ever had a Pap-Smear? Probably not. I think you should schedule an appointment with a Gynecologist to start your yearly woman exams. Especially if you plan to become sexually active.

    Testing requires a quick swab of the inside of your vagina and cervix and they send the culture off to be examined. Results come a few weeks later.
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        03-24-2014, 11:16 PM
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    Make an appointment with a gynecologist and have a talk about your concerns. You could even ask to speak with the doctor in advance to make sure you're prepared for what the visit will entail. There are also a number of websites that go into great detail on the forms of birth control out there, and that may help make a decision on what's best for your lifestyle. Of course, your body will make that final call I personally use pills and they work just fine for me. If you can keep up with the responsibility of taking the pill every day at roughly the same time then I would recommend starting there. There are a number of different prescriptions you can try if one pill doesn't work for you, and a number of other options if a pill doesn't fit in your lifestyle.

    Agreed with what folks have said about having your tubes tied- it is NOT a reversible form of birth control. I'm all for ladies in their 20s that KNOW they don't want children having the procedure done, though many doctors aren't. But if there is even a slight chance that you may want kids in the future, don't do it. My doctor also recommended against an IUD because I'm young and haven't had children, but she said that she's a bit old fashioned in that sense and that many younger doctors are just fine doing it on ladies in their 20s.
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        03-24-2014, 11:40 PM
    Do people still use the diaphragm? That was what I used for years. Kind of a hassle, but fairly reliable, and NO chemicals in your blood stream.

    Combine that with knowing your fertile week, and you should be ok, but remember that at 18, you are VERY fertile, so be VERY consistent and careful.
        03-24-2014, 11:52 PM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Do people still use the diaphragm? That was what I used for years. Kind of a hassle, but fairly reliable, and NO chemicals in your blood stream.

    Combine that with knowing your fertile week, and you should be ok, but remember that at 18, you are VERY fertile, so be VERY consistent and careful.
    I don't know of anyone that does use one. Lol.
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        03-25-2014, 10:19 AM
    I've never had a pap , does it hurt?
    How does he get tested ?
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        03-25-2014, 11:31 AM
    No a pap doesn't hurt, it's a bit uncomfortable, but it only take about 30 seconds to complete. And I think you may be confused about what it is- a pap doesn't test for sdts, it's testing for cervical cancer. Most women are required to give samples starting at about 21 years or when you become sexually active.

    If both you and your partner are virgins, you really do not need to worry about any stds. But if you're curious, some can be tested with a swab around and some use a blood test. Unless you have unprotected sex with someone whose sexual history you don't know, don't worry about it.

    I love love Nuva ring. I tried so many different pills for years. They either made me so nauseous and sick, a raging b**** that would pick fights with the poor bf, or super emotional cry at everything sort of gal (not me at all). Switched to NR and since the hormone is localized and steady release, never had an issue. It never came out or is felt by either of us during sex, and there's no worries about remembering to take a pill same time every day.

    Write all your questions down and go make an apt with your OBG-YN. She will happily answer all your questions about all these things, and give her best recommendation on a good contraception method for you.
        03-25-2014, 01:44 PM
    I would definitely NOT recommend tying your tubes; this is meant to be a permanent thing (even though it is possible to be undone or undo itself). What worked for me and my husband before we got married (when we really did not want to risk having children yet) was using more than one form of birth control. **Not hormonal - use only ONE** For example, I was on the pill and we used condoms. Obviously nothing is 100% short of abstinence, but this worked really well for us!
        03-25-2014, 02:04 PM
    Tying your tubes is permanent, and not meant to be reversible. You would be extremely hard-pressed to find a doctor that would allow an 18 year old to have her tubes tied.

    If you don't have a regular GP or gynecologist, check out your local Planned Parenthood. Even just the website contains a wealth of information.

    To get ANY form of hormonal birth control, you will need a pelvic exam and a pap smear. If you are not good about taking pills, Nuvaring, the contraceptive patch (only works if you're below 170 lbs though), the Depo shot, and Norplant are all great hormonal alternatives.

    For non-hormonal, there is always the old fallback of condoms, which most Planned Parenthood places will give you a giant box of if you ask for it. IUDs (IntraUterine Devices) last a long time, and come in hormonal and non-hormonal. They used to be only for women who had had children already, but they now make ones that can be used by women who have not gone through childbirth. They're expensive, but are basically "set and forget" (Norplant is like this too), and last for years.

    What you choose is going to depend on your finances, your body's reaction to hormonal birth control, and if you are able to keep up the maintenance required by some of them.

    Personally I am looking at getting back on the pill. It's a bit of a PITA, but for me it also regulates my periods and hormone levels (I used to have REALLY horrible PMS symptoms to the point where I would have extremely severe mood swings).

    Good luck!
        03-25-2014, 02:33 PM
    Good on you for being responsible.

    I use Depo. I gained about 5 or 10 pounds, and initially it was much easier to gain weight than before, but let's be real my eating wasn't exactly healthy - so I altered my diet to a more well-rounded and healthy balanced diet and have no more problems with it. I no longer get my period, which is the exact reason I started it (because prior to BC my periods would cripple me, leave me curled up in misery).

    I love it - once every 3 months. Nothing is implanted in me, no IUDs (I don't trust them), no remembering to take a pill every day. It's a good balance and it's one of the more effective contraceptives out there, too.

    Not all BC affects people the same. I'd go talk to your OBGYN, but it's always nice to have an idea of some possibilities and questions you might want to ask before you go in.
        03-25-2014, 02:33 PM
    Originally Posted by Mulefeather    
    For non-hormonal, there is always the old fallback of condoms, which most Planned Parenthood places will give you a giant box of if you ask for it.
    Side note to this though Planned Parenthood is a great resource, and a good starting point if you don't know what to do ... I would not recommend the condoms they provide. They aren't particularly durable. If you so choose to use condoms, pony up some extra cash and get some that are higher rated. Helps assist not having future freak outs.

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