Feb 26, 2013
commented on Savage Love
Several of my friends experienced some serious cramping while adapting to their IUDs. I agree with commenter #6 that it would be helpful to try a birth control with hormones for a trial period before you decide which IUD to get. I don't like hormonal birth control because it decreases my sex drive (which, I guess, make it more effective, right?). Also, tell your doctor if you smoke cigarettes because of problems with some forms of birth control.
When I was in college, I got the birth control shot, which I liked at the time because I only had to get it four times a year. It turns out that it causes bone loss, though, if you are on it for too long. My doctor let me get the shot for two years and then take two years off and then get on it again.
The Planned Parenthood website has a lot of good information about the various forms of birth control: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-…
Some other bits of advice about virginity, sex and college:
1. If you haven't already, spend time finding out how to give yourself an orgasm.
2. Many young men in college have misconceptions about sex, and especially about sex with an actual living, breathing young woman with a brain and feelings and sexual preferences.
3. The better you know yourself sexually, the more you can help your sexual partner to please you.
4. Don't have sex with anyone who doesn't care about your pleasure, or who makes you feel inferior. Only have sex with people who make you feel good. Trust yourself, have fun and be safe.