Birth Control Education
Between chasing our careers and society’s expectations of what we should and shouldn’t be doing, having babies is out of the question for most millennials. From as young as 8years old, parents are keen to take their daughters to clinics and doctors to put them on contraceptives.
Is there enough education around contraceptives, is it a girl thing or a sex thing, who should get more educated regarding it and who should be more concerned with getting on any method of birth control, calculate its effects on the woman body and deciding on whether to use the various methods which include; the pills, injection, patch and the newly introduced implanon / Nexplanon.
Realistically everyone participating in sexual activity should have the birth control talk, even if you are having protected sex we all know there’s been incidents where it breaks. Rushing to get a morning after pill isn’t a sustainable contraceptive method. You are probably wondering “ what is she getting at”; my question or rather concern is that we blindly use contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies which is good and sidelining its effects on our entire health and self esteem which falls under mental health.
Do we ever consider the effects our chosen methods have on our health, do we ask the nurses of the possible negative effects such as infertility, heavy headaches that can easier become migraines that last even after you’ve stopped using contraceptive. Birth control is something we are encouraged to consider yet we are barely educated or warned of what it could do to the female reproductive system years down the line, the weight gain/loss which might last forever and so forth.
Before one settles for a contraceptive it is best to do research as to what long term health effects it may pose and remember contraceptive do not protect against STI/STD and HIV/AIDS. Always use protect to protect your sexual health and unwanted pregnancy.