Healthy You Now & BEDSIDER Present: Birth Control, An Open Discussion
By Tonya Lewis Lee
As an advocate for women’s health, it is abundantly clear to me that the use of birth control (family planning) is a major factor in the overall health of a woman. Health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity.” That said, in order to be truly healthy, the key is to be responsible in managing all aspects of your life, including your sexual health.
Sex is a natural and wonderful part of being a woman and there is no shame in having the desire and the gumption to do it when you’re ready. So when you are read to have sex, or even contemplating the idea, you should be thinking about how to keep yourself safe, and what you will choose as your birth control plan.
Fifty percent of pregnancies are unplanned. While it is not the end of the world for many women who have unplanned pregnancies, a baby born to an unprepared mom and dad can have devastating effects on the physical, mental and financial health of all parties involved. So where does one turn when ready to
explore birth control options?
The fact is most of us don’t feel comfortable talking to people close to us about our plans to have sex. The truth is talking to other women about their choices whether or not those choices work for you can be incredibly helpful. Every woman is different with unique desires and needs, but we can each learn from one another, talk with a health care provider and then make the best decision for our body and our lifestyle.
The videos below are examples of what happens when a group of women get together
in a safe environment and share their experiences.
It is my hope that videos and this conversation will lead you to have an open dialogue with the people that you trust. Do your own research and discover the various birth control methods and options that are available for you. HealthyYouNow.com has partnered with Bedsider.org because we believe knowledge is power. We believe that powerful women produce powerful communities. Health is power. Managing sexual health is ultimate power. Bedsider provides valuable information on the different ways and means of managing one’s contraception. Be informed…find out just how many options there are and find the right one for you. Join the conversation.
Ever have a chat with your girlfriends about the role of birth control in your life? Here’s what happened when Liza, Charreah, Shay, Katrice and I sat down to talk about everything from finding the right method to discussing birth control with your partner.
Sometimes finding the right method can be a journey, in this video Shay shares her path. If you’re trying to figure out what’s best for you, I recommend Bedsider’s Method Explorer and Compare Methods.
There have been some questions about whether or not access to birth control leads to sex. Katrice shared her story.
Try this: Next time you’re with your girls, see how many birth control methods you can name. This is what happened when we tried.
7 in 10 pregnancies among single women in their 20s are unplanned. Bedsider has set out to reduce that number by making birth control easier. Bedsider.org (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Bedsider serves up authoritative contraception information in a sexy, friendly, and funny way that women find informative and entertaining. Bedsider is a HealthyYouNow.com partner.