My 16-year-old daughter wants to talk to our doctor about getting fitted with an IUD. Her period is irregular, but she is noticing a pattern that the day before it starts she gets really dizzy and feels unwell. On Sunday she DNF-ed a biathlon race (she reached a point of being so dizzy she couldn't keep skiing) and then on Monday, sure enough, her period started. She is outraged about being at the mercy of a biological process she sees no benefit to, and pissed off about having had to DNF the race. A friend of hers has a IUD and never gets a period any more, and 2.0 thinks that sounds like a really good thing.
I don't know much about IUDs, other than what I've read on this forum over the years, and am slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of my baby girl getting an IUD as it seems too much like acknowledging that she is an adult. I'm more emotional about this than I would normally be, probably, because I'm visiting my dad right now and having discussions about end-of-life stuff.
On that topic - thanks again for all your advice a few days ago about what I need to ask him. That was all really helpful. It's also been helpful for me to mentally reframe "end-of-life" as not being, my dad is going to die in the next five minutes, but more like, he's at the end of his life but that is a stage of life that could last for several years. That has de-emotionalised things to some extent for me. Although, yesterday I was feeling like, ooh, I'm handling this so well, I'm not breaking down at all, go me, and then, the minute I left his apartment to walk over to the gym for a quick workout, I burst into tears.
ETA: I posted this to ask for advice/thoughts about IUDs. I see I forgot to specify that. Please tell me anything you think would be helpful.