I know that may sound exaggerated, but it’s true. Taking birth control saves my life every day.
As a teenager, my body had a difficult time regulating the new influx of hormones. I experienced menstrual cycles that would last for weeks at a time.
My doctor was concerned that I was becoming anemic, and put me on birth control pills in order to regulate my hormones and stabilize my cycle. This solution saved my life.
Since being put on birth control, I have been able to complete my education (of both a bachelor’s and master’s degree). I have taken advantage of every opportunity to travel and experience new cultures. I have moved across the country to start a new life with a new career. I have birth control to thank for all of these experiences.
I also love that birth control helps me prevent future illnesses. The pill helps reduce my risk of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer.
Since starting on the pill I have reduced pain and discomfort from menstrual cramps.
Because I need to refill my birth control prescription each year, I visit my doctor annually, and am taking an active role in preventing breast cancer, cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS.
Probably the most gratitude I have for birth control surrounds my ability to plan my future, and prepare myself and my body for a potential pregnancy. I can make sure that I am financial and emotionally ready to become a parent, and most importantly, if I am physically ready and able to carry a child. Birth control has allowed me and my doctor to lay out all my options and select the choices that I believe will help me have a healthy and happy family.
We take advantage of birth control. We assume that it will always be there, and that it will always be as effective as we want. True – I put a lot of effort into my relationship with birth control, including those annual doctor’s visits and monthly trips to the pharmacist (who may or may not question my need and usage of my beloved pill).
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I can now access my life-saving medication free of charge instead of the high bill I was required to pay each month. Birth control is often misunderstood, and not always given credit for the amazing gift it provides. In my case, birth control has given me my life back.
THANK YOU, BIRTH CONTROL!
This blog was written in response to a call from Bedsider and The National Campaign's call to "give a shout out for birth control and all it makes possible for you or for society." Look for other stories all week long on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram searching the hash tag #thxbirthcontrol. For more information on this campaign visit http://bedsider.org/thxbirthcontrol.