Is this awkward?
It’s not awkward for me, if it’s not awk for you guys.
Ok so, A LOT ( & I mean a lot, a lot ) of women/girls have e-mailed me privately asking my opinion on birth control pills.
Instead of just dealing with this privately, I want to talk about it publicly ( HA— weird! ).
I mean, it’s an issue that millions & millions of girls/women are dealing with so instead of burying our head’s in the sand ( so 1960’s ), let’s get real ( so 2014 ).
Let me preface this women to women convo ( boys if you’re reading this, hop on over to The Chive because this convo isn’t really for ya ) by saying this:
I’m sharing what works for me, you should do what works for you.
At the end of the day, you do you.
Here’s my experience:
Birth control pills are tricky little f*ckers.
I started taking the pill in high school because I had a long term boyfriend and, uh whelp, I didn’t want to get pregnant in HS. Four of my girlfriends and I snuck over to Planned Parenthood without letting our parents know & got the BC hookup. We even made up a code name for birth control so our parents didn’t know what the hell we were talking about. Soooo sneaky, right…LOL.
The birth control I was on ( I think it was Ortho-something in a pink package ) made me gain ten pounds.
NO fun, right?
So I switched to a birth control pill with a lower dose of hormones & the weight literally fell off.
Fast forward six years to when I was 21 years old.
Unfortunately I started noticing dark spots on my face AKA hyper pigmentation mixed with melasma.
The tiny, little white pills were making my hormones go crazzzzzzzy.
& it was coming out on my face.
( Side: this is when I became a total, gnarly sun psycho. If it weren’t for birth control, I would never have adapted the daily sunscreen/trucker hat routine…#blessingindisguise ).
Annnnddd of course, spots got worse.
I went to my doc & she told me WTF was up: the brown spots were from BC.
The doctor switched me to a birth control with the LOWEST of LOW estrogen level.
Thank God, because it literally helped immediately; eventually the spots were certainly not as prominent.
( Note: any acne was & is completely non-existent on BC— so that’s a major plus ).
But even today, once in while, I’ll get a couple of small brown spots. Now, thankfully, I know they’re from birth control ( even the LOWEST of LOW estrogen dosage gives me a couple of brown spots— I know, annoying ) but at this point I’m not ready to have a baby. So that means BC!
Also, for the record: of course I would prefer to not be on a pill everyday. But sometimes ya gotta do, what ya gotta do.
Downside of the pill: you have to remember to take the pill everyday. This gets annoying, but by now I’m kinda used to it. I’ve heard that when I’m ready to get pregnant I need to allow my body time to adjust before I get pregnant— I’ve heard this can take months. Anyone have any experience on this? I also know some people that have had bad reactions to birth control— share?
Anyway, point: I hate ( like, hate, hate, despise x 20 ) needles, I hate having a contraption in my vajayjay, & I don’t want anything implanted in my arm ( OUCH! ). So clearly for me, the pill works best.
I have a lot of girlfriends who swear by the IUD.
Great. That works for them. Do what works for you.
To each its own.
My advice: do your own research & ultimately, listen to your body. Plain & simple.
Listen to episode 26 of the Him & Her podcast to hear even more about my birth control experience.
Ok, so now it’s your turn.
Honestly, I kinda spilled my guts on this post, SO moms/single ladies/long term relationship experts/etc.: what’s your take? Puhhhleassse share your experience. Who knows, maybe you’ll empower, inspire, or guide someone who’s looking for info on the topic.
Like I said: I have had hundreds of e-mails on this subject so clearly many girls are curious.
Ok, you’re it!! Share below!