You know we’re always up for talking about sex, but we’re also always up for talking about the risks because they’re a big deal. Being sexually active means there is a risk of unplanned pregnancy. Because of birth control, the U.S. teen birth rate has dropped 52 percent over the past 21 years. But unplanned pregnancies are still happening too often. Why? Well, according to Besider, “More than half of sexually active women ages 18-22 say they would be more likely to use birth control if more people talked about it in a positive way.”
I was a sexually active teen myself and felt comfortable because I was able to talk to my mom in a positive way about safe sex and birth control. But a lot of my friends were too afraid to go on birth control because they didn’t have anyone to talk to about it. Even if you’re not sexually active, birth control is important. You may not even be considering sex for a while, but you still need to know about birth control. It’s not a scary thing to talk about. We actually should be talking about it more because it’s a really wonderful thing and has a lot of benefits.
So let’s talk about birth control and why it’s awesome and important! Today it’s time to say, “Thanks, Birth Control” and have an honest talk about why it’s so great.
We’re not the only ones talking about it. “Thanks, Birth Control” is a way for everyone to talk about birth control in a positive way and make it less controversial. Tell us why you love birth control in the comments and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #ThxBirthControl! You can get involved by talking about it online, sharing postcards and videos, and of course by talking to your friends about birth control.
This is obviously the most important thing! Every birth control method has different levels of effectiveness, and it's up to you to choose what's right for you. Hormonal birth control options have a ton of benefits in addition to preventing pregnancy. However, if you're taking a hormonal birth control like the pill or using an IUD or the ring, make sure you're still using condoms! You still need to protect yourself against STDs because hormonal birth control does not take care of that. There is no such thing as too much protection.
Some Options Alleviate Cramps
One of the worst things about periods is cramps. Whether you have horrible cramps or just normal ones, hormonal birth control options can help make them less terrible or go away completely.
Hormonal Birth Control Can Moderate Mood Swings
If you have really awful PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), hormonal birth control can reduce the symptoms and make you feel less emotional or irritable when you get your period.
Some Options Regulate Your Period
I had the most irregular periods before I started taking birth control. Taking the pill or getting a ring or IUD will get your body on a regular schedule so you won't have a surprise when you're wearing your favorite white pants.
Some Options May Benefit Your Skin
Hormonal birth control options like the pill, patch, IUD and implant can help if you're dealing with acne or other skin issues because they balance out your hormones.
Regular Visits With Your Doctor
With hormonal birth control, you need a prescription from a doctor whether it's from your general practitioner or a gynecologist. I started seeing my gyno when I first got my period and started taking birth control shortly after to regulate my periods. It's a good thing too because getting a yearly pap smear caught irregular cervical cells. If you start taking birth control, you'll be in regular communication with your doctor. That' relationship is good for your health, and your doctor is a great resource for you. Always feel like you can ask your doctor questions. They're obligated to keep whatever you ask confidential so you literally can ask them anything.
It Gives You Peace Of Mind
Taking birth control pills and using condoms or other birth control methods gives you peace of mind if you're sexually active. When you're using birth control and using it correctly, you just feel better because you're not constantly worrying about being pregnant. You get to focus on your life and your goals instead of raising a child when you're still growing up.
Are you comfortable talking about birth control? Are you currently taking or using birth control methods? Why do you love birth control? Tell us in the comments!