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Birth Control Options: Think Outside the Pill

When I hear a girl say, “I’m on birth control,” why do I automatically assume she’s on the pill? There’s a whole gamete of birth control options out there and (shocker!) sometimes the pill isn’t right for or liked by everyone.

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A few weeks ago, Sophie Godley – Professor at the BU School of Public Health and our very own Sexpert columnist - confirmed my thinking in her Rhett Talk titled “Lies They Told You in High School Sex Ed Class, and Why.” In it she argued that most high school sex ed classes talk about the pill as the ‘holy grail’ of birth control methods (if birth control is mentioned at all). For many young women, however, the pill may not fit their lifestyle. I mean, let’s be honest – who is really able to take a pill at the exact same time every day? And when birth control doesn’t work how it is meant to, welp… we have trouble.

Recently I became a In The Wild Campus Leader for Bedsider, a non-profit organization on a mission to help women take an active role in their own reproductive health. Their fun and frisky website couldn’t make it easier to get familiar with all of the birth control options out there.

The site includes info like:

  • Detailed descriptions of every type of birth control you can think of, and maybe some you’ve never even heard of!
  • A super useful side-by-side comparison chart for the pill, the patch, the ring, the IUD… you name it!
  • Real (and bluntly honest) stories from girls who’ve used various methods
  • Where to get your preferred method of birth control
  • Reminders specific to your birth control method so you never get yourself in trouble
  • FAQs answered by the experts – because come on, we all have those seemingly awkward questions about sex and our bodies
  • Other fun resources like health news and the Frisky Fridays column where readers can interact and speak their minds

Who knew birth control could be so fun? Okay, maybe we did. ;) Did you forget about our very own BU Condom Fairy?

“We believe knowledge is power. We believe babies are best when you’re ready. We believe in you.” Rock on, Bedsider!

SPREAD THE HEALTH: There are many birth control options out there – not just the pill! Bedsider is a fun and comprehensive resource for all of your birth control questions and needs.

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