Parents don’t usually think about needle stick scars after giving their children a contraceptive injection, and they didn’t immediately post photos of their experiences on Facebook or Twitter to show how painful and strange it was to “stick” their little ones with a mesh tube. But that’s exactly what one mom did.
Michele Dineen, a Reddit user, shared with the “sisterhood” on the site an image of her 2-year-old daughter’s duct tape-type shot that came out of her wrist. The image, accompanied by “crazy necessary tidbits from the half-term experience” (between Jan. 17 and 30), demonstrates that Little Lou’s recent session with the FDA-approved intrauterine contraceptive implant was something else — something potentially very difficult to believe.
“Got a date at school tonight and I want her to feel like she’s going on a date,” Dineen writes. “Because if she gets no pleasure out of this, it’s a ‘lie’ from the beginning. And even when she’s with you in the same class, it’s a ‘lie’ — because it’s women trying to control each other, and we can’t just have that.”
The photo is a metaphor, Dineen explained. “Somehow at our maturity level we’ve allowed our sexual activities to become distorted to our children,” she said. “We don’t act ‘normal’ anymore, we act like tiny adults — but we’re too young to handle that.”
After reading her post, many mothers chimed in, saying they, too, had had to give their kids this low-tech medical procedure, and they wrote stories of how uncomfortable the shots made them feel.
“This photo inspired me. I’m giving my 2-year-old intrauterine coil tonight, and she doesn’t want to be the crazy one giving the shot,” Dineen explained. “Instead, she wants to be the impromptu one — ‘I’ll give the shot tonight!’ She is having such a hard time getting up, I have to be careful not to fall back in bed after laughing and having a good time. I need to tighten up that tie in my waistband and wear earplugs for the first time in forever.”
Not even close to done yet
Dineen isn’t the only mother who may regret sending her kids one last low-tech medicine. The FDA-approved intrauterine contraceptive implant (IUD) is as strong as birth control pills, but is stored up to six times longer and is placed underneath the skin.
Birth control sufferers put their own bodies at risk when they use the patch, the rod, or the vaginal ring, but when they insert a permanent IUD into their bodies, it actually protects the mother-baby bond, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes.
“You keep the unique geometry of your child’s body,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said. “To give birth, you have to wrap a woman in a piece of wrap. To give birth vaginally, you wrap your baby in a piece of wrap.”
If that was enough to scare parents into using the IUD, maybe the worst thing that can happen is they become friends with their daughters — or parents — after they’ve gone through this ordeal.