I got my Paragard nine years ago but started asking for an IUD in my early 20s (I’m 36). I knew that birth control was massively contributing to weight gain. And making it more difficult to manage my depression, and I figured there had to be another way. I knew I wanted to wait until my 30s to have kids, if I had kids. But several doctors told me it was too much of a risk of a perforated uterus, compromised cervix or other issues that could make it difficult to conceive/labor in the future.
It was a risk I was willing to take, but I heard several times that I needed to be. SURE I wanted this “long term option” and how I would feel if I met a partner. Who wanted a kid sooner. I was also told to wait until I was 30, had a partner, and at least one child. Apparently IUD companies were also concerned about women later coming back after taking out their IUD and blaming them for infertility issues. There’s also this old-school stigma that still lingers about unmarried women using long term birth control. Maybe it had something to do with the doctors too. I got mine done at the university clinic while I was in grad school.