Steph C.

May 25, 2013 by

I  began taking birth control when I was 16 due to my irregular and heavy periods (menorrhagia). At times, I had my period for more than 3 weeks and was becoming anemic in the process so my doctor suggested I start birth control without looking at the root causes or offering alternatives. For years, I took birth control without thinking twice. Looking back, I laugh at the irony that I would place importance on eating organic, whole foods and 'healthy living' meanwhile pumping artificial hormones in my body daily. Six months ago, while studying for an entrance exam, I had a severe anxiety attack. I did not know it was anxiety at the time, all I felt was chest pain, shortness of breath and pain in my arms. I went to a walk-in clinic, where...

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Victoria T.

May 23, 2013 by

I initially went on the pill (Tri-Cyclen) because I was terrified of getting pregnant at a young age. For some reason I didn't trust the protection of condoms and wanted something more effective (in my mind). I was 14 when I started taking it, then I went off for a year (I believe due to cost) and began taking it again a year later. I stayed on the pill for 8 years (2005-2013). The only obvious side effects I had were nausea right my daily dose. This eventually went away after about 2 years. I was sexually active from the age of 15 and never had a scare – I was very vehement about taking my pill at the same time daily. It was nice not to worry and I loved being able to...

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Alexa C.

May 22, 2013 by

These days I feel controlled, powerful, self-possessed, and responsible. The catalyst for my empowerment has been the process of stopping hormonal birth control. Since the time I was eighteen, I had been using the Nuvaring as birth control – it acts essentially in the same way as the pill, except that it is administered directly into the vagina once a month and therefore utilizes lower levels of hormones. My reasons for beginning birth control are fairly common among teenage girls: I didn’t want to risk pregnancy as I started to become sexual and I wanted to manage my irregular periods. The doctor was helpful in describing the different methods of birth control and helping me choose the best for me – however, she never mentioned the array of fertility awareness methods. The highly risky...

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