*disclaimer… my experiences on birth control is a different experience than the next person. I’m not a medical doctor, not sponsored, just sharing my opinion/experience*
Ahh, birth control. Let’s talk about it. I said in 2020, I was going to be sharing topics that will be able to connect with my fellow ladies, so here we go! Birth control can be a taboo subject, but it’s actually an open conversation I have with my friends often. Everyone’s experience is different, so it’s great to hear others opinions and experiences on birth control. I have friends who faithfully use birth control and I have friends who don’t use it.
You don’t want to get pregnant which is understandable, but what are you doing to prevent that? Let me give you a background on my experience. It was spring break of my senior year of high school, and I was visiting my aunt. My aunt has always been pretty open and honest with me about women issues (sex, birth control, periods, etc.) of course as a teenager it was a little embarrassing, but now as an adult, I appreciate it.
Approaching high school graduation and preparing to move in to a dorm room for college, it was important that we had the conversation. I remember my aunt telling me to go online and do some research on the different forms of birth control. I went on the Planned Parenthood website and it was very informative. After I graduated high school, I moved on to dorm life for summer semester and I started birth control.
My first go round with birth control started with the pill. I’m not going to lie, being on the pill was one of the worst experiences. I had the worst side effects and I was miserable. I thought in my head “why am I going through this? I’m not sexually active”? But the other thoughts were “what if it happens, at least I’m protected right”?
After my summer semester, I switched to a lower dosage of the pill and I have had a better experience. Now the pill requires some discipline. I remember when I would go home for breaks and leave my pills in the bathroom or miss my alarm to take the pill. When on the pill, you have to take it everyday at the same time. I stayed on the pill for a year and a half and decided to switch over to something else.
I switched over to Nexplanon which is a three year implant inserted in the arm. I’m on my second Nexplanon implant and since it has to be removed at the end of summer, I plan to get it again. It took my body a while to get used to the side effects but this is by far my favorite form on birth control. Sometimes my periods are irregular, but I can deal with that as long as I know I’m protected. The insertion and removal process was pretty easy and I love the freedom of not having to remember to take anything.
When it comes to birth control, make sure you’re asking your doctor as many questions as possible. Do the research and figure out what form fits your lifestyle. Personal testimonials are great as well!
Are you comfortable with having an open conversation with your friends about birth control? I believe it’s okay to have the conversation about women’s health and how we can relate. What are your experiences? Good or bad. Let’s chat in the comments!