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For today’s post, I am doing something a little out of my comfort zone, but is something that I have wanted to put up for awhile. I know that many of my readers are younger and I want to make this a post that I wish I could have had when debating on whether or not to get on birth control as a teenage girl. I am here to help you all out and would love to answer any other #girltalk questions that you might have.
So starting off, I feel the need to say that everyone’s bodies are different and everyone reacts differently to every thing! I have only just started taking birth control (Sprintec) back in January, so all of this is still fairly new to me.
As a teenager, I constantly dealt with cramps that felt as if there were knives in my stomach and nausea that would last the whole 8 days of my period. The headaches were strong and the constant feeling of feeling like shit was at an all time high. I never worried about these side effects though, as I knew every girl in my family has always gone through the same thing. But, with having a serious boyfriend since ninth grade, all throughout high school I was always scared to ask my mom to put me on birth control, as I never wanted her to know that I was active and wanted on it other than the obvious reasons of hormonal hunky-junky.
As I am nineteen now and have gone away to college where we have a FREE doctors office on campus (I do not have insurance), I knew that this was the time I needed to get on it, as I can not risk having any children and I NEEDED my cramps gone, as they have kept me awake at night all year here away at school. I scheduled an appointment (by myself; I felt so proud), called my mom to vent and was relieved to hear how proud she was of me. I was apprehensive to start taking the medication, as weight gain is something that I am very self-conscious of, but was happy to learn how much easier my periods would start to become.
This month is my fifth month on the pill and so far I have noticed my skin literally glowing all month long with little-no breakouts, which is another reason why I wanted to be put on it. I feel a lot more confident! Going along with the good news, my period has worked it’s way from 8 days down to 4-5, which I am loving! The cramps are still here, but only on the first and second day of my periods and are much more light. Overall, I find myself having much more energy and am less worried about everything that comes along with a period, as I know I am backed up.
However, the weight gain has had a slight effect on me. There are articles out there that say the pill makes you gain weight and then there are some that states it absolutely would never do such thing. What I learned from my doctor, though, is that it doesn’t make you gain weight, but the hormones from the pill cause you to feel the urge of being hungry more often than not, with which I always indulge in. I have only gained a few pounds, but I do notice it and plan to work it off in the summer, as it is so much easier to be active in the warmer months!
Also, something I want to recommend to each and every one of you girls out there is to download a period app (almost all are free)! I know all of you have smartphones and access to app stores, so please, go in there and download one that suits your fancy. I use the Pink Pad app and have since I was in middle school. I love the app because you can track when you are sexually active, when your period starts, and you can log in all of your symptoms and extra notes that you may have. There is also a community on there where you can read articles from other girls similar to you, but they normally freak me out, so I tend to stay away from that aspect.
From this post, I just really want to ensure you to NOT be nervous to ask your mom to get on birth control. They have all been there before and really will understand. Being a girl sucks sometimes, but we all just have to trudge through it and make our way out alive! I also want to remind you to always be safe and to remember that your body is your body and that no one knows it better than you (even your bf). I am very happy with my decision to stay on Sprintec, but it is to be known that not every brand will work for you, you just have to find what is best and your doctor will help you do so. Also, it is important to know that if you are sexually active, you should still be using condoms/back up methods, as birth control is not 100% effective.
Thank you all so much for reading! If you have any further questions, leave a comment down below or shoot me an email if you’d prefer to not post it in the comments. Love you all! XOXO