I’m Done Having Babies: Choosing My Mental Health Over My Heart

By the time you read this, I will have just gotten my brand new IUD, a birth control method that’s good for five years.

The decision to replace my “expired” IUD wasn’t an easy one. I decided yes babies and then no babies. I engaged in ridiculous baby fever behavior, daydreamed about having a girl, and ultimately, chose my mental health over my heart’s desires.

I live with anxiety. Sometimes my anxiety is better managed than others, but it’s always there, always a part of me. It’s taken a very long time to accept the role anxiety plays in my life, with and without the help of medication. While I’d love nothing more than to deny this often misunderstood part of myself, I’ve learned that recognizing my limitations is key to the management this pesky condition, at least for me…[read more]

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