When I became interested in starting birth control my senior year of high school, it wasn’t because I was having sex or planning on having sex. It was because my mom, who is a nurse, suggested it.
I had complained to her about never knowing when my periods were going to start, how long they would last, and was even having periods twice in one month. I was irregular and it was annoying and stressful. I never knew when to be prepared. I never knew if I could wear white pants. Never knowing when it would start was beginning to feel like my body was out to get me.
I started taking birth control and miraculously, I didn’t have to worry anymore. I was better able to predict when it would happen and my periods were also lighter, shorter, and less painful-which might have just been the single greatest thing to happen to me.
I was raised in the home of a nurse who is a firm believer in preventative medicine like vaccinations as well as birth control. But I also attended a catholic school from kindergarten to eighth grade where I was told that birth control of any kind was wrong and unnecessary. You shouldn’t be having premarital sex so it shouldn’t be necessary before marriage, and after marriage you should be having sex with the intent of having children and creating a family. So with that way of thinking, a person should never need it.
I am a Catholic but I’m probably an awful Catholic because I believe in and use birth control. Sometimes I feel guilty that I don’t think the way other Catholics do. But I’ve been taught and believe that God gave us free will to make our own choices. I am glad that I have that right to choose. I am glad I don’t have to stress about insurance not covering my birth control. I am glad that we currently do not operate under a government that allows Tylenol when I get a headache but won't allow me to take birth control to control my periods.
My birth control isn't political. It's medical, and it's my right.