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October 1, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
YANMD, but does my doctor need to know about a previous vaginal birth in order to insert an IUD?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a 33ish year old woman who is considering getting an IUD for a number of different reasons (I want to get off the pill; I'm in a stable, committed, STD-free relationship; etc.).
But, about 14 years ago (I was 19), I was one of those idiot "I didn't know I was pregnant" girls and found out far too late to terminate the pregnancy (7 months). I arranged an infant adoption and as far as I know, my son ended up with a wonderful, loving set of parents.
Fast forward to now: I've moved far away from the city where this all happened, and have cut ties with anyone who knew about it (for reasons not really connected to this). As far as I'm concerned, that baby didn't happen.
But I'm aware that having a baby changes your body, and I'm wondering if this is something that my doctor needs to know about. Generally, I'm all for being honest with my doctor, but in this case, I feel so much better knowing that no one else around here knows this secret (the best way to keep a secret is not to tell anyone, right). Right now, the health system where I currently live knows nothing about it. Telling my doctor will probably mean that it gets added to my medical records.
From what I can tell the birth was pretty much complication free. I said yes to an epidural, no episiotomy, but had some natural perineal tearing which was stitched up. I walked out of the hospital less than 24 hours after checking in.
Is any of this relevant to decisions that my doctor might make when prescribing and inserting an IUD (probably Mirena)?