What does safe sex really mean? "Engaging in sexual activity using measures such as latex condoms to avoid contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as AIDS." Considering measures mean birth control as well, how do we trust that birth control is really safe for our bodies? Does the definition of safe sex stop at avoiding STD's and pregnancy? What about US? What about OUR bodies?
Recently, I took away the very last part of me that attached myself to Western Medicine. Seeing as this does actually work and the fear that's drilled behind it, I had a hard time stopping. This above all else, would be birth control.
When I typed in, "How to prevent pregnancy, the natural way", I had a bit of a laugh to myself. Unfortunately, the issue of birth isn't something that can be stopped without a patch, shot, pill or ring and by ring I mean the Nuva ring of course. I can't tell you birth control won't help you to be baby-free until your ready but I can tell you the repercussions of taking the birth control pill. Condoms are a good replacement and although they can be annoying, if it means not sacrificing your body and avoiding having hormones released into your system, it remains a good thing.
What I experienced in my first few years of using birth control was minor hormonal changes, weight gain(but only in my breasts), combined with the annoyance of having to take it every day at a certain time and the thought of not being able to have kids in the future. Now, I'm 19 and for most people....knowing whether you want to have a kid might not be clear right now but why cut your ends short? Most people (excluding our parents) tell us this is just a hoax, and how are you supposed to know that these cases of women realistically, could have never been able to get pregnant to begin with. The truth is, there happens to be no evidence proving that birth control will cause infertility...but do we really want to risk it?
I encourage all of you to read carefully through the lovely leaflet that explains your birth control choice. After trying to avoid taking a pill each day I tried the Nuva Ring...after the Nuva Ring decided to suck....I stopped. Below are some of the things we aren't told about birth control...
Did you know that certain drugs may make your birth control become ineffective? This includes antibiotics, St. John's Wort, anti hypertensive drugs, drugs for diabetes, antacids and wait...Vitamin E?! It's funny that you can go to a doctor about these things and they won't tell you ANY of this. I remember going on antibiotics at least 3 times in high school and I've been on the pill since grade ten....not ONE person told me this.
That is why we must READ THE FINE PRINT people, there are things we should be aware of!
BE aware of breast cancer, circulatory disorders, gall bladder disease and liver tumours. Scared yet? Read around, there are stories of people almost loosing their life, stories of women who couldn't become fertile after birth control and this all happens more than we think.
Consider continuing birth control.
Read the side effects.
Consider the facts.