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post #31 of 50 Old 03-25-2014, 11:59 PM
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I'm 18 and I have been dating my boyfriend for 2.5 years. We mess around a little but were both virgins. We are thinking about moving in together for college because we'll both be going to the same school a few hours from where we live now and his family owns a home up there.
I was wondering what my options are as far as birth control goes. I was thinking of getting my tubes tied because I hear that it can be reversed if you ever want to have kids later but I read that it's not supposed be a temporary thing.
I'm not opposed to the pill but I'm afraid of the side effects.
Any advice/ recommendations ?
(Please don't say abstinence. To move in with him both of our parents want me on bc of some sort and I'm not just sleeping around with diseased men. Just want to be safe with my bf )
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I really want you to read a lot, LOT more about birth control and sex. That you think tying your tubes is an option to consider for temporary birth control concerns me that you're kind of sheltered when it comes to the whole subject of sex.

It's awesome that you want to protect yourself but a horse board is not the place to educate yourself on it. You need to talk to your parents and make the appropriate doctor appointment. Your doctor can talk to you about the options and suggest things specifically for you. Those things make not work for some of the people that have responded.
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post #32 of 50 Old 03-26-2014, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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I have made an appointment to talk to my GP and will ask to get a referral to an OBGYN to discuss this further.
Pretty sure I want to use the patch. We'll see how the appointment goes.

Thank you all for your help !!
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post #33 of 50 Old 03-26-2014, 12:27 AM
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I use birth control, not because I'm active, but for acne. So far, it's been okay. No sickness or side effects. Once you get into a routine, it works out pretty well as far as taking it goes. I've only been on it for three weeks, so I can't say too much, except that my acne isn't clearing up yet.

PS - I don't think you have to have a pelvic exam to get birth control...as birth control. My friend was on it for the protection and I know she did not have to get one. And also, they are now recommending girls wait even longer to get pelvic exams and pap smears from what I've heard.

Your regular GP can probably even clear this all up for you, unless you have another reason as well for wanting birth control (like to clear up acne).

Good luck, and way to go for being responsible!
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post #34 of 50 Old 03-26-2014, 12:37 AM
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Can confirm: (at least from what my GP said) they're waiting till women are 21 before doing paps.
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post #35 of 50 Old 03-26-2014, 01:36 AM
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Can confirm: (at least from what my GP said) they're waiting till women are 21 before doing paps.
This is absurd. I am only 25. At 18, my ob-gyn found abnormal cervical cells during my routine pap. (And no...not because I was "dirty") Waiting until 21 is too long. Especially with so many diseases going around now, no thanks. I'll never ever recommend anyone waiting that long.

I guarantee its all an insurance thing. Them not wanting to pay. Just like them saying mammograms can wait until women at 45/50. NO THANKS!!!
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post #36 of 50 Old 03-26-2014, 08:34 AM
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Regardless of what bc YOU use also use condoms. Two forms of bc are better than one.
I applaud you and your boyfriend for being responsible and open to both your parents about this. If only more young folks did this.
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This is absurd. I am only 25. At 18, my ob-gyn found abnormal cervical cells during my routine pap. (And no...not because I was "dirty") Waiting until 21 is too long. Especially with so many diseases going around now, no thanks. I'll never ever recommend anyone waiting that long.

I guarantee its all an insurance thing. Them not wanting to pay. Just like them saying mammograms can wait until women at 45/50. NO THANKS!!!
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Yeah, I had my first pap when I was 16...? But this was at least five years ago (I'm 21 now). In a month I'm getting another pap.
About a year ago, I asked when my last pap was and I stated the above age, and the lady said it was odd doing it that young.
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My mother scheduled me for a pap when I was 16, at the time I had no idea what it was and the doctors (after learning I wasn't sexually active) explained that they usually start smears at 21, only younger if sexually active. I have heard stories of girls that caught abnormal cell growths at a younger age than that.. And neither of them were sexually active! It's definitely a good thing to stay on top of.

OP, good on you for being so proactive about this. Hope the apt goes well :)

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post #39 of 50 Old 03-27-2014, 06:01 PM
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Can confirm: (at least from what my GP said) they're waiting till women are 21 before doing paps.
My GP up here in Canada has said the same thing. 3 years from becoming sexually active or when you turn 21, whichever comes first. I'll sheepishly admit that at 21.5, I'm still putting it off...Bad, bad I know. My friend, who is the same age, almost to the day, as me just got her first one done earlier this year. It seems like it is becoming more common to wait until young women are a bit older, in my experience anyways.

I couldn't imagine waiting until 45/50 to get a mammogram done, that's just downright absurd!
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Any daughters I have in the future...and my 2 nieces now...will be pushed to have early Pap smears. Regardless if they are sexually active or not. I could have had cervical cancer at 18, and not have known had it not been for that Pap. Abnormal cells are nothing to wait on. Biopsy and treat asap before it does developed into more.

My Nursing Instructor...was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36. Before her diagnosis, the doctors did not want to even order a mammogram because of her age. They wanted to wait until 45 like usual. She, being a nurse...insisted. She was lucky. They caught it early, and she got treatment and is now cancer free.

There are always exceptions. And cancer doesn't care what age you are.

*Steps off soapbox* Sorry, the future Nurse in me is showing...
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