BE PREPARED – BE IN CONTROL

As Mothers (single, married or cohobating) we have those days of pure physical and mental EXHAUSTION; sometimes, before we even reach the end of our work day. Then after getting home there lays another endless list of shit to be done. Many times, I asked myself “WTH did I get myself into.” I was 21 when I gave birth to my son, old even to know the consequences of unprotected sex but, definitely not mentally mature enough to understand exactly what I had gotten myself into.

I was amazed to find out over 3 million women in the U.S. each year experience an unplanned pregnancy, but this is not due to failure to attempt contraceptives. 90% of sexually active women do use contraceptives. Approximately 50% of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, and 43% end in Abortion. The 10% of women who do not use contraception accounts for approximately half of unplanned pregnancies, the other half occur with women who were using some form of birth control.

Despite advancements in contraceptive technology and the millions spent on research development the unplanned pregnancy rate in the US has essentially remained unchanged for decades. The cost of unplanned pregnancies is enormous, in terms of public health, personal finances and emotional cost.

Ignore the IGNORANT statistical stereotypes, unplanned pregnancies occur in all socioeconomic groups and ethnicities/races. However, unplanned pregnancies tend to happen more frequently in underserved- women who are already financially and socially challenged.

I was apart of that 50% of unplanned pregnancy group. I was not properly using oral contraceptives when I conceived my son. We make these annual appointments with our OB/GYN for routine tests, get the birth control and were ready to roll. Feeling pretty responsible huh? However, as the doctor or nurse is informing you about proper use of your BC, are you really listening or more ready go because you already been there over a damn hour!

Who’s to say if you listened or your just one lucky little duck! Either way my goal is to stress the importance of the proper use of contraceptives. There are lots of different methods that work well and are easy. The key factor with using any contraceptives is TIMING and CONSITANCY.

Birth control methods available:

  • Pills
  • Patch
  • Shots
  • Sponges
  • Vaginal rings
  • Cervical caps
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragm
  • IUD

Due to many circumstances and situations, the timing of an unplanned pregnancy can impact life tremendously. If you’re not quite ready for new addition to the family, or already have children and want to hold off just a tad bit longer please speak with your OB/GYN or Primary Care physician about the best form of birth control for you.

And, as always remember to be HAPPY & HEALTHY!

 

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