I take oil of oregano to boost my immune system (despite the rancid pizza taste). I do yoga and Pilates. I wake up at 8 a.m. most Saturday mornings to buy organic sprouts in paper bags at the farmers’ market. I even make my own damn almond milk. (OK, I made it once, but it still counts.)
I care a lot about what goes inside my bod and, over the years, I’ve broken up with a lot of things that were going into it. (Har, har.) One of these was the Pill.
Full disclosure: I’m not a doctor and I no longer even own (or rent) a lab coat. I think our bodies are all different, beautiful and unique. I can only speak about my own experience with oral contraception. And so, after months of trial and error, with different formulations and dosages, I gave up. I felt nauseous and bloated most of the time, and sex was the furthest thing from my mind.
On a more intuitive level, I feel a lot better about something that’s less transitory, yet physically prevents unwanted pregnancy, rather than something that tricks and manipulates my body into thinking it is already pregnant.
That being said, I have lots of friends who love the Pill, and have been on it for years. They’ve had a good experience with it, and it has served its’ purpose – mainly, no unwanted babies. But that was certainly not the case for me. No children, sure, but no fun either.
As part of the #BreakUpAndMove campaign we’re here to make you think about things that have become so routine that you no longer even question why they’re in your life. You have a choice in the matter.
We want to encourage you to be proactive and to do your own research to find the birth control method that’s right for you. IUD’s are my jam, but there are countless LARC (long acting reversible contraception) methods out there. (Unless of course you want a million babies right now. In which case you should probably stop reading and start bringin’ some sexy back. If you hurry, you may even luck out with a Sagittarius* baby. GO!) Take your time, weigh your options, and pick what’s best for you, because if something isn’t working, it’s time to #BreakUpAndMove, girl!
*Author is a Sagittarian and proud.