Ditch the doc?
October 4, 2011 3:02 PM Subscribe
Am I wrong to want to ditch my doctor for this?
posted by futureisunwritten to health & fitness (45 answers total)
A few months ago, I ran out of my birth control pills (Tricyclen Lo, which I hated) and decided to try something else. After exploring my options, I eventually settled on a Mirena IUD. I went to Planned Parenthood and they referred me to a young female GP who does IUD insertions. During the initial consultation, we had a frank discussion about the possible pros and cons of the procedure and the device. A week later, I had it inserted and all was normal. Went back for a followup a month later and all was (and still is) normal. I'm glad I went for it.
Today, I went to my regular GP to get a prescription refilled. I mentioned to him that I had gotten an IUD because I thought it was pertinent information for someone writing me a prescription for antidepressants (and especially since the birth control pill he had prescribed for me had made me pretty wacky emotionally).
He looks at me and said something along the lines of "Who on earth did you get an IUD from?" I told him Planned Parenthood had referred me to another doctor. He was visibly unimpressed. He gave me what felt like a lecture about how I could have an ectopic pregnancy and end up infertile and how he would never, ever implant an IUD in someone who "hadn't had her family yet" (This was after I told him I didn't plan on having kids). He shook his head and said he couldn't believe someone had done that. Then he said (in an equally unimpressed tone) that I didn't need to go to Planned Parenthood and could have gotten a referral from him. This was all said in a disapproving dad sort of way.
I was pretty pissed off when I left his office. He made me feel as though I had made an irresponsible decision regarding my health. I felt like I had been judged. He has been my doctor since I was six years old, although I have seen him very infrequently in adulthood, especially in the last few years since I have taken to going to our excellent local Planned Parenthood for pap smears and STD testing.
Am I wrong to want to ditch my doctor over this? Or am I being oversensitive?