Before finding out if we were having a boy or a girl, my husband and I decided that baby number two was it. Our family would consist of the four of us. Happily, we welcomed Edith into our family this past April and have confirmed our decision that two children is all we are meant to have and can handle. Having had both of my children by the age of 30 however, I was faced with the very real possibility that I could easily become pregnant for the next ten years. So there I was, once again, faced with the same stressor I’ve been dealing with since I became sexually active… trying not to get pregnant!
But now that I’m done having kids, I don’t want to have to take birth control every day. Been there, done that. And at this stage in the game, condoms aren’t going to happen. So, I began looking into a more permanent solution that wouldn’t require daily focus on my fertility. I know what some of you are thinking. Why not have the hubs get snipped. Well, that’s just not going to happen in my household, it’s a non starter. So, at 6 months post baby, and one scare already in the books, I decided to take control of the situation.
I did a lot googling, spoke with friends and fellow bloggers, and met with my doctor. I had narrowed my options down to an IUD or getting my tubes tied. I had a few concerns about both, primarily surrounded around my unscientific fears of cancer and some bizarre reincarnation beliefs I have–don’t ask. After discussing everything with my doctor…even the embarrassing assumptions I had made, I decided on an IUD. So far, so good. It’s apparently the most effective form of birth control–even more effective than the pill– and lasts for 5 years! Sounds good to me. I’m feeling good about my decision and it’s been nice not having to remember one more thing to do during the day. What did you do once you decided you were done having children?