Birth Control isn’t only a “Pill”

There are many ways to promote safe sex.  In last week’s Installment, they discussed the topic of birth control,  and more specifically, “the pill.” However, the Installment only discussed this type of birth control with frequently asked questions about when to take it, how it affects the body, and how to get it. I am surprised that this Installment did not mention that there are other types of birth control options besides the pill.

The possible reasons as to why the Installment  had discussed only the pill is because it is the most common type of birth control that women use. According to the college lifestyle website freshu.io, the pill is the number one source of birth control most college women use. “There are the lucky few who had an introduction to the pill as teens and have the support of their parents, but there are still girls ­— women — in college who are completely and entirely uneducated about this or other forms of birth control and are left with unanswered questions: Are there other birth control options? How/where do you get it? How much does it cost? What will my parents say?” said freshu.org

Although most women are on the birth control pill, it would be more beneficial to mention that there are other types of birth  control methods if they are not comfortable or unable to take the pill. Other options are having an IUD, Depo Vera (the shot),  a Nuva ring, or the Nexplanon  (a small rod insertion in the arm).

One remark in the Installment that was beneficial but not fully accurate was on how to take the pill and how long that it takes to work.   Commonly, women use two types of pills: progestin-only pills and progestin and estrogen combination pills. There are also pills in which you can completely skip menstrual cycles. It is said that women should either start taking the pill on the first day of their menstrual cycle or on the first Sunday after their period. While this might be the best option to keep track of your schedule, most pills can technically be started at any time, which often includes the first five days of a cycle., according to plannedparenthood.org. If someone was considering taking any type of birth control, it would be nice to know that different types of pills take various amounts of time to become effective, which can range from seven days to two months, depending on the pill.

Another topic that the Installment forgets to mention is why women take the pill. Whether it is to help with menstrual cycle symptoms or because they are sexually active, there should be a little info box on why someone would consider taking contraceptives. It would also be nice to know where a woman can get the birth control. Some places they could go are Planned Parenthood, one of which is located on Greenleaf Ave, their local clinic, or even at their local pharmacy.  

While this information from the Installment is very beneficial, remember, it is always best to talk to a doctor. Whether it  be family care, a gynocologist, or Planned Parenthood, it’s important to know what will work best for your body. Furthermore, there should be a section to look into other options in case one does not wish to take the pill, does not want to take it every day, or does not want a birth control containing hormones.

    Although it is nice to see that the Installment is discussing about birth control, I feel that it would be more efficient to know all types of birth control. That way, people will be better informed and safer because of it.