Monday was my annual tune-up with the cooter doctor. I know you're jealous. Don't try to hide it. Everything is delightful. I even get to skip my mammogram this year.
I did have one thing I wanted to discuss with my doctor -- my birth control. I've heard all kinds of good things about the IUD. Well, mainly that it's set-it-and-forget-it five years and you stop getting your period at all by the end of the first year. Sure, it isn't pleasant having it inserted if you've never had kids, but what's a couple days of discomfort for five years of carefree sex?
Now, the IUD isn't something you just pop into the doctor and get that day. I know it's a process, but I have no idea how long it might take. Gotta find out if my insurance covers it, because if not, there is some really serious planning that needs to happen. I wasn't even sure if I was ready, but what can it hurt to at least ask about it, right?
So, we discussed it. And I'm so not ready for it. Like, I'm not even going to consider discussing it with The Boy I Currently Like. There's no point. It's too much.
My doctor said that first of all, you have to be absolutely certain you don't want kids. No problem there. I told her I'd never wanted them. She kept saying things like, "Well, if you've come to terms with that," or "As long as you've made peace with that." Lady, there's no terms to which I need to come nor any peace that needs to be made. I've never wanted to have children. Sure, I could change my mind at some point, but after 34 years, I just don't see it.
Secondly, apparently I need to be in a Very Serious Monogamous Relationship. Like, bordering on marriage. What if I don't know if I ever want to get married? No IUD for you, sister. Not ever.
Look, I'm okay with The Pill. We've been together for nearly 15 years, since right after my first and only pregnancy scare. I know how my body and emotions react to it. I know when I'm not on it, I can get a little crazy. I've gone off for a few months a few times over the last 15 years, and to be honest with y'all, I don't like myself when I'm not on it. Sometimes you just need to see what else is out there, right? I've seen it and I'm happy with what I have now. It's a month-to-month commitment. Not that I'm going to use the option, but it's nice to know I have an out.