How do I find a good gynecologist if I only get one visit a year?
October 14, 2010 7:52 PM Subscribe
How do I find a gynecologist who will respect my wishes for hormone free birth control?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My question and circumstances are identical to this recent question, but I live in Pittsburgh instead of Chicago:
I had what I thought was a great gynecologist, but when I mentioned wanting to get an IUD, she immediately started talking to me about Norplant. When I specified that I was interested in a copper IUD to avoid hormones she acted like I'd asked her to treat me with leeches. She said she only placed Mirena IUDs now, and that she'd only placed one copper IUD recently and that the girl had gotten an infection and was now unable to have children. She then said she'd only be willing to place the copper IUD if I didn't care about my future ability to have children. I was completely taken aback and of course frightened, so I backed out of the whole thing and went back to my barrier method for the past year. But now I'm interested in an IUD again.
I phrased the question like I did because this is the third or so gynecologist I've gone through. This is the first time I've tried to get an IUD, but previously I've gone to providers and when they've seen on my chart that I use a barrier method of birth control, they immediately try to push birth control pills onto me, even though I didn't mention anything about wanting to change my birth control method.
I'm pretty leery of Planned Parenthood, to be honest, because I went there when I first became sexually active and they basically did exactly what all their critics say they do: tried to shove birth control pills in my hand and get me out the door. It's left a bad taste in my mouth about the organization ever since.
For the record, I want hormone free bc because I've had problems with depression in the past. It's finally under control so I'd rather not do anything that will mess with my moods. I tried Depo Provera once about 10 years ago but it left me terribly depressed and I haven't tried any hormonal birth control since.