I remember the first time I considered taking birth control pills. To put it simply, I was terrified. I had grown up attending a Catholic school where I don’t think they ever mentioned the words “birth control.” At the time, I was a sophomore in high school, and we couldn’t take health class until junior year – so I knew literally nothing about my birth control options. I was aware that the Pill existed, and I had an idea of what it did (prevented pregnancy, gave you bigger boobs, made you more mature – my 15-year-old synopsis), but that was about it.
Not to sound lame and weirdly self-promotional, but I honestly wish I had a site like Gurl around at that moment to help teach me more about birth control. I was scared to talk to my mom, but knew she was my only way to get to a gynecologist. It was not an ideal situation, and I wish I could have turned to the Internet for advice. But I didn’t, because I didn’t know those resources could be out there.
Even in the year 2014, when you know this information is at your fingertips, birth control can still be pretty scary. There are still so many questions about your options that aren’t answered in sexual education classes, and if you don’t have a trusted adult to speak to, you’re going to feel completely lost. That’s where we come in. Here are 30 of our best posts about birth control that I can almost promise will answer all of your questions. Oh, and if you’re wondering why condoms aren’t mentioned here – look for our next roundup!
What You Need To Know Before You Start Taking Birth Control
Important Info About The Pill
All About Plan B
Personal Birth Control Stories
Which of these posts did you think was the most helpful? What are your birth control questions? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments!