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New diva - need suggestions for Phila area

Hey, I've been lurking awhile and finally have made the decision to get a Paragard after 10+ years on the pill (I'm 31, NP, getting married next year and hoping to wait 2+ years for babies.....) .  I had my annual yesterday, and while I wowed my gyn with my wealth of info, he said he would only do it if I "insisted" and that he's only done "a few" on NP women.  To make matters worse, I found out today that my insurance covers none of it, and the gyn's office doesn't stock it so I have to order it from the company myself ($500, not including insertion!).
To some the $500+insertion fee would not seem like a lot since it is 10 years of birth control, but I really only intend to keep it for about 2 years. Also, I'm not 100% confident in my doctor's comments about insertion.  I live in the Philadelphia area and was wondering if any of you know of a good doctor or even a good Planned Parenthood in the area with tons of experience with Paragard.  It would also be cool if I could save a couple bucks.  :)


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Nov. 14th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
My local Planned Parenthood practically threw the IUD at me when I made an appointment. No questions at all. I don't have any suggestions for specific locations since I live in Mass, but give them a call.
Nov. 15th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
I had the same experience at my Planned Parenthood. Pretty much the only question I got was why I wanted to get off Depo and why I'd chosen the Mirena. I think she really just wanted to make sure I was fully informed. There was certainly no resistance from my practitioner, she told me she does IUD insertions every single week, and quite frequently on teenagers, so I doubt that my request (I'm 26) phased her one bit.

And, lucky for me, Washington has a FANTASTIC program called Take Charge where you can get the state to pay for ALL of your contraception (including sterilization!) if you meet the income criteria.
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Check here, about halfway down the page

Nov. 15th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
I got my IUD (Paraguard--they didn't offer Mirena because of cost) inserted at Planned Parenthood Media (take the EL to 69th Street and then the 101 to Media, the clinic is right across the street from the trolley stop)--it's a WAY shorter wait than Locust Street, even with the commute via SEPTA.
I'm 22 (21 when I got it), NP, student (aka broke). I paid $280 for everything with the sliding scale..
Nov. 16th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
thanks for your comments ladies. i've decided i'm going to call PP to get some more info. AND, after talking with my FI, I found out he has a family friend who actually WORKS for one of the local PP's!! YAY! I feel a lot more comfortable having that kind of resource. My first post-pill period is due next week and I'm hoping I can work something out in time....
On a random side note, I was talking to my mom today and she mentioned that my cousin's wife is having surgery tomorrow bc she recently had an IUD inserted and it got "lost". (The weirdest part is that my mom has NO idea that I'm planning on getting one...I've never even mentioned it!). Has anyone heard of an IUD getting "lost" before??? Apparently it's floating around her uterus and causing a ton of pain. She's about my age but has 2 kids....
Nov. 16th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
I've never heard of an IUD getting "lost" in someone's uterus. I've been a member here for over a year, and this community has seen absolutely everything, and I've never seen it happen here. I'd be willing to bet there's some part of that story that you're not getting.
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