How do I ask my doctor about finding another effective option when they say I am too young for an IUD?
At one point, IUDs and the contraceptive implant, NexplanonTM were only recommended for women of a certain age or for those who have previously had a pregnancy. However, that’s just not the case anymore. In fact, IUDs and implants are the first and second best birth control methods for adolescents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Just keep in mind they do not protect against STIs.
Do your research about IUDs. Our Birth Control Tool can help. Think about why you may want an IUD and use the Selector to find similar options.
If your friends and peers have IUDs, let your doctor know. Ask if there are any reasons you can’t have one.
If the doctor isn’t comfortable giving you an IUD, ask about similar methods or request a referral to another specialist or health center. You are your own best advocate.