I wanted to talk about a topic today that is a little uncomfortable but extremely important for all men and women to know. I want to talk about birth control. This blog posts to all my social media, so I think it’s a pretty good way to share about something I think we need to talk about more openly.
Birth control is so incredibly essential but neglected too. You see couples on Instagram promoting sex; you see young moms kissing their babies. But have you ever seen a beautiful picture of someone taking a birth control pill? Probably not. Almost every single person I know, who is 21-22, has kids. At least one. I’m not saying this is bad, they love their kids, and I support their decision for having kids and they will be kick ass parents. If there were someone like my mom pushing all young ladies toward birth control, there would be young ladies who felt more confident and own their lives.
There are so many girls that say it causes weight gain, acne, or they’re scared to get it. Okay, I understand that, but it’s not entirely correct. The last thing is, I think society really shames birth control, and that’s why it’s so uncomfortable to talk about. The fact is the younger ladies and men need to know about it and talk about it, so they can use it without feeling out of their comfort zone. Why the heck would we not want that?
First, birth control itself does not make you gain weight it’s the hormones they put in them. Before you think certain things, you must research. Why would you not study something that goes into your body? If you’re worried about weight gain, ask for one with little to no hormones added. The rest is just proper diet and exercise that will help. As you get older your body changes, so that skinny 14-year-old you once were, will probably have to watch food intake in their 20’s.
Birth control does not usually make you break out! In fact, it lowers the androgen levels that helps with clearing up skin! If you don’t have good hygiene habits, you’re likely to break out, but not because of the birth control.
Do not fear something that helps you. Becoming a young lady means you need to take care of yourself, it means it’s your responsibility to know what’s best for your body, research it and then ask a doctor. Birth control is not permanent; it’s not like getting your tubes tied if you want to have a baby you can take out or stop being on birth control. Everything is your choice; it is not taken away from you.
The last thing I want to say is even though this is focused on young ladies, it is also a man’s responsibility to practice safe sex. I know this is so incredibly uncomfortable, and something my mom would lecture every single guy about, but it’s true. Condoms are made for a reason, use them. It takes two to tango, if someone ends up pregnant you become an adult even if you’re not ready.