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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