Remember back in high school when we all had to sit through those painfully awkward sex ed classes during which they taught us about all the different types of scary Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and the stages of conception? Most of us were too embarrassed to ask the important questions, which left us, years later, still wondering about our sexual and reproductive health.
In the past few years, numerous new birth control methods have come out, and it can be hard to figure out what each type is, the differences between them and why you may or may not want to use it. Sure, the Internet is there for you to read the long and sometimes frightening possible side effects and medical terms describing how they work, but what many of us really want is a real-life account of what it’s really like to use a particular method of birth control.
To answer these hard questions, we sought advice from Dr. Anahita Jafari, a practicing Obstetrician and gynecologist (OBGYN) for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. We’ve outlined the facts we think are important for young women to make an informed decision for yourself and your lifestyle.