I wanted to start this post out by telling you all a very personal story about my health that has changed my life forever. Birth control is a hot topic these days and I feel like everyone has their own opinions on it; good or bad. I know birth control is a very controversial topic for a lot of people and I am not going to bring politics or religion up in this post at all. I want to bring awareness to birth control along with shed a little light into something going on in my life.
Let’s start from the beginning. I was put on birth control at the age of 15. Why so young you ask? My periods were never on a schedule. I could never plan or anticipate when I would get my period each month. And it’s not like I had a super light flow back then. I don’t know if any of y’all remember your first periods but they were horrible! Sorry for the TMI but seriously, y’all, they were bad. Not only that, but my cramps were a killer. My mom figured by that age I was also going to be sexually active and wasn’t about to deal with a pregnant teenager. Nor was that something I wanted.
All of my menstruation issues ceased immediately when I started birth control. I also never had any side effects that a lot of people talk about either.
Fast forward 17-18 years. I am now 32 and still taking birth control. Why you ask? It’s not because we are trying to prevent getting pregnant. Grayson and I have talked about having kids plenty of times and it’s not something that we are trying to prevent.
For the past 5-7 years I was taking my birth control straight through with no breaks. This means that I have never had a period for 5-7 years. I consulted with my doctors and gynecologists to make sure this was safe and they assured me it was. And sure enough, I never had any issues.
I decided I wanted to get off my birth control a little over a year ago so my body could get a break. I had no idea what my body, personality, periods, etc. would be like if I stopped taking it. I mean, I had been on birth control for almost 18 years!! I consulted with my gynecologist and she said that it would be fine to stop taking it.
So far so good, right? The first few months were great. I honestly didn’t feel any different and my periods were somewhat on a schedule and pretty light. YAY! When month 6 hit with no birth control it all started changing. My periods were becoming heavier and heavier which I didn’t think anything of. I figured that was pretty normal. Then the cramping started getting worse which I just attributed to heavier periods.
Month 9 rolls around and I can barely function when I am on my period. I’m bleeding so bad and the cramps are so unbearable I wanted to go to the hospital. Thankfully, my gynecologist is a good friend of mine. I sent her a text explaining my symptoms and she said it sounds like I have endometriosis and that I should make an appointment for an exam.
Sure enough, I do. That gave me very few holistic options. The easiest and most practical option was to get back on my birth control until I am absolutely ready to get pregnant. Sadly, we are now going to really have to take the time to plan this out because of my endometriosis.
It breaks my heart to hear about people not having access to birth control that need it. So why is it so hard for women to get birth control in this day and age? Birth control is basic healthcare. It is way more than just preventing pregnancy/contraception. It helps with period pain, it controls acne, it regulates periods, and in my case helps manage endometriosis which is a HUGE medical condition affecting thousands of women.
Let me introduce you to Simple Health. How would you feel if you had these issues and you were told you couldn’t get birth control to help your medical needs? Simple Health is all about care that fits into your life, starting with online birth control prescriptions & delivery. Their product isn’t birth control itself. It is a much simpler, more affordable, hassle-free, location/income/insurance-agnostic way to get your birth control. Access to birth control can now be fulfilled via online prescriptions & free home delivery. The Simple Health doctors can prescribe any brand of birth control pills, patch or ring.
Their motto is that healthcare should be affordable for everyone. It should be convenient, easily accessible anytime and anywhere no matter where your doctor may be. It should be quick. That is why Simple Health can save you time and money. The patient should always come first whether you are insured or uninsured. Simple Health will try and serve every single patient that uses their app.
Simple Health uses telemedicine to provide simple, convenient & affordable care – starting with online birth control prescriptions & delivery. Talk about a better way to get birth control! So how does it all work and how do you know if you are a good candidate?
The First Time User – Are you looking to try out birth control for the first time? You can get personalized recommendations for a birth control method based on your health and preferences.
The Former User – Were you taking birth control in the past and want to get back on?
The Current User – Are you currently on birth control but tired of dealing with the pharmacy? You can always transfer your Rx to Simple Health and they will ship it to your door for free. No more forgetting to refill your prescription and lapsing on your pills.
Now that you’re hooked, let me tell you how it all works whether you are a first time or current birth control user.
If you are new to taking birth control or starting you will first, take an online evaluation. You will answer some questions and go over your medical history. A doctor will then review your profile, recommend a product and then write your prescription. You will then have free, recurring delivery straight to your door.
If you are currently taking birth control you will just tell Simple Health your pharmacy and prescription and they will do all the work to transfer your script to their system. You will also have free, recurring delivery straight to your door.
There are so many of us that need access to birth control for slews of reasons. And you know what? Those reasons should never be judged by anyone. Women should be allowed access to birth control no matter what. Now that I know I will be on birth control until I have a child and most likely after I have a child to prevent endometriosis pain, I need easy access to birth control pills.
I want to end this post by saying that I am not pro-birth control or against birth control. I am all for women getting the healthcare they need no matter what it takes. I personally have a love/hate relationship with birth control. If I didn’t have endometriosis I would most likely not be taking it. But the scope of my life and healthcare needs have changed so this is something that is even closer to my heart now.
If you want any more information or have any other questions I urge you to visit their site.
I want to mention that this service is not a replacement for a routine evaluation by your primary care physician or gynecologist, and regular follow-up with your in person providers is recommended.
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