Hormonal Birth Control 101

Hey, all. So, as you can see we’re gonna talk about birth control today. If you’re uncomfortable or are totally against BC, then just exit out :). However, if you want to be educated on the topic, continue on. First off, birth control isn’t only for pregnancy prevention. Pregnancy prevention is the main purpose, but definitely not the only purpose. While we’re on the topic of preventing pregnancy, let me just quickly say the only way to be 100% sure you’re not going to get pregnant is by not having sex. Of course, expecting everyone to abstain isn’t realistic so that’s why BC was invented. Also, BC DOES NOT PREVENT STDS. Therefore, you should always partner it with a condom. But, this isn’t what this post about. This post is about the different purposes of BC and the different types of HORMONAL BC for women. As someone who’s been on BC for 5 years, I would say I’m knowledgeable on the topic. Let’s just jump in, shall we?

You can decide to get on birth control for 3 reasons….

Pregnancy Prevention

Acne Problems

Period Regulation

Aside for preventing pregnancy, BC can help with acne, as well as period regulation. If you’re taking BC for acne, certain prescriptions will work than others.  Be sure to choose a method that has more estrogen and low progestin. Why? Progestin can cause your testosterone levels to increase and testosterone increase oil production. We all know too much oil causes blocked pores aka acne. So, talk to your doctor about which BC methods can work for your acne.

BC is also used for girls and women who suffer from painful, heavy, long, and/or irregular periods. Since most BC options out there are hormonal, they are great for making your period lighter, shorter, regulated, and less painful. Sometimes, birth control can make you skip your period altogether, but that is completely normal. If you’re worried that you still might be pregnant, then take a test.

Types of Birth Control

  • The Pill This is the only form of BC that I’ve taken. It’s my tried and true. I would recommend it to basically anyone. However, if you’re bad at remembering to take pills, don’t choose this form of birth control. You need to take this pill every day, especially if you’re consistently sexually active. Also, if you take antibiotics, the pill may not be your best option. Antibiotics make the pill less effective. I did experience light spotting when I first got on it, but it eventually went away after a month. I was also a victim of heavy, long, and painful periods. The pill helped that immensely! As far as acne goes, the best pill that I’ve used for that is Estrostep. I’ve also been on Loestrin 24 Fe, but I stopped because it was making me super moody after a while. I’m currently on the generic brand of Seasonique. Amethia, which I love because I only get my period every 3 months.
  • The Ring I know a few people who have been on the Nuva Ring. I’ve contemplated it, but I just don’t want to put anything in my body unless it’s a tampon, haha. The way it works is that you insert it and keep it in for 3 weeks. On the 4th week, you remove it and get your period. If you’re someone who is comfortable inserting things in your body and can remember to do this 2x a month, I’d try it. I haven’t heard anyone who’s been on the ring complain about it.
  • Implanon This is basically a tiny rod that it injected into your arm. You won’t be able to see it and it prevents pregnancy for 3 years. If you want to live life freely without remembering to do anything, then this is for you! My cousin was on it after her first child and loved it. I might get on the Implanon if I get into a long term relationship.
  • IUD This is a T-shaped thing that’s inserted by your doctor into your uterus. I am basically anti anything that has to be inserted into my vagina and left there. But, it does protect against pregnancy for years. I’ve heard horror stories as well as great experiences with the IUD. The best thing to do is to talk to your doctor about it.
  • The Shot This method is easy but tricky at the same time. You basically have to get the shot every 3 months for it to work. It sounds like a piece of cake, but if you miss an appointment you are in the danger zone. A friend of mine had missed her appointment and ended up pregnant. So, definitely be on top of it.
  • The Patch The patch is something that you also have to remember to put on and take off. It’s a square band-aid looking thing, It has the same concept as the Nuva Ring. Stick it on and leave it for 3 weeks. Then take if off on the 4th week.
  • Morning After Pill You are NOT supposed to use this every day not often. This is just for emergency situations. If you’ve had unprotected sex, you can pick up a morning after pill at the drugstore but be sure to take it within 72 hours.

I hoped this helped you guys gain some insight or satisfied your curiosity. Remember, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I’m just sharing with you what I know and have experienced. Always check with your doctor!

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I hope this gave you guys some insight and knowledge

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