I first started taking birth control my senior year of high school, which would mean that I have been on it for almost 5 years. It wasn’t until I took a course on women’s health issues my spring semester of my junior year, that I gathered a complete knowledge of exactly what birth control does for a woman’s body. Sad right? Yes, I readily admit that I was ignorant and should have made sure that I knew exactly what I was putting in my body. But this one class period in general was mind-blowing because we learned about all the different types of contraceptive methods, which I don’t know about you, but my high school health class wasn’t passing around diaphragms and NuvaRings.
In my defense, I feel like it’s common knowledge that young women generally go on the pill, rather than other forms of birth control, for 3 reasons: to lessen the chances of pregnancy, clear up worse than normal acne or regulation and relief of the menstrual cycle. Granted I was mainly on it to regulate my period but I never asked nor was I informed on how this miracle pill did all that it can do. I know from talking to many of my friends, female and male, that I wasn’t the only one that was living in the dark.