Planned Parenthood Expert Is Here To Answer Your Safe-Sexing Questions

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We've noticed there are a lot of, um, burning questions out there about contraception, sexually-transmitted diseases, and all aspects of keeping your body safe while you have fun with it. So please welcome Planned Parenthood's Karen Shea to the comments.

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Nothing is off limits! Shea, who's Director of Clinical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be here til about 2pm. We'll pool from the commonly-asked or otherwise enlightening questions and answers in a post later this week.

Disclosure: This blog discussion is meant to provide general information and education and is not intended to constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment for any particular individual or particular circumstances. If you have a medical problem, please call toll-free 1-800-230-PLAN for an appointment with the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you.

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Update: And we're done for the day! Thanks so much to the folks from Planned Parenthood.

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DISCUSSION

I'm 18 years old and have never been pregnant. Is it healthy/safe for me to get an IUD? I talked to one gyno who told me she didn't feel comfortable prescribing IUDs to women who haven't been pregnant, but I'm not sure if this is the general consensus. I'm terrible at remembering to take pills, and I want to avoid hormonal birth control, so an IUD seems like a good option. What do you think?