When I was fifteen or so I got my first birth control prescription. A set of hormonal pills that set my cycle on cruise control for the next ten years. I was prescribed Loestrin 24 FE, a name that still rolls off my tongue even though I haven’t been taking it for the last six months.
I had gone in to get my prescription renewal and they assured me that although I would be unable to get Loestrin anymore, Junel was essentially the same thing. I looked at her like she was trying to convince me that Pepsi could actually taste just the same as Coke if I just pretended. Reluctantly, I left with my bag stuffed with hormones anyways.
While I haven’t experienced any serious negative side effects using Junel, it’s been a huge pain in the ass having to go seven days without any active pills. Previously I was taking 24 active pills, now I’m only taking 21. Though Loestrin isn’t being manufactured anymore, it looks like there is a new pill called Minastrin 24 FE that is more similar to what I used to take. My current plan of attack is to look into this brand, and see how affordable and accessible it would be to me.
I have never experienced being dissatisfied with birth control until now, even though I am only mildly discontent. It reignited the discussion of birth control for me, personally, as I considered if it might be time to look into other options. I even considered the idea of getting an IUD. Though expensive upfront (and painful, I’ve heard) the IUD can last for five years and requires no real effort on your part once its in. It’s a great option if you forget your pill – something I’ve never had any issues with.
I don’t think that you should get your birth control recommendation from the internet. As with any other medication, your doctor should advise you based on your wants, needs, and health history what the best option is for you. But educating yourself on what type of birth control you think you would like, and what you’d like your birth control to do for you, can be a big help in taking ownership of your sexuality.
Are you on any kind of birth control? Does it do what you want it to do?
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