What You Should Know Before Getting Birth Control Without Your Parents Knowledge
High school is undoubtedly a weird time. Especially when awkward talks come and go with your parents. No one is ever excited to tell their mom or dad they’ve started to bang someone. But with each new step of sexual experimentation, it’s best to be safe. What’s safe? Birth control. But without your parents knowing you’re sexually active, it’s not always the easiest thing to get, aside from Planned Parenthood. In some cases, however, this is not a good option–especially in my case.
I started taking birth control my junior year and did NOT want to tell my parents. I heard about this shot you got every 3 months, easy right? I didn’t have to remember to take a pill every night and my parents wouldn’t ever find out. But this decision went downhill very fast. I went in to Planned Parenthood to get the shot–which was free, even better, so I could move on with my life and not worry about having children. During the first month, it was the best thing ever, then I got my period…for 13 weeks straight.
My hormones went crazy and my body was not in good shape, no matter how hard I worked out. I started to get really weak and my skin developed horrible and painful cystic acne. At first, I had no idea what was going on and would never have guessed it was from my birth control shots. After a couple months, my period was still going on and I was frightened. It’s wasn’t normal and it shouldn’t happen to anyone. When I realized it could be from the shot, I was still stubborn about telling my mom I needed help. I just didn’t want her to find out I’d had sex. Eventually, my body couldn’t handle it and my blood levels were so low I got tunnel vision anytime I was active. I finally confessed to my mom, but her finding out I had sex was the least of her concern…she just wanted me better.
What teens need to realize is that sex comes with responsibility and risks; STDs, pregnancy, rape, etc. When someone hasn’t prepared themselves for that, situations can go mentally and physically wrong. Birth control–whether a pill, shot, ring, or whatever, is a form of medication and not all medicine is made for every body. When you fly solo to get your meds, make sure you know your family’s history and medical records like the back of your hand. Situations could be a lot worse than mine. Even though the conversation with your parents could be awkward, it could also prevent some negative results. So before you embark on your sexual journey, make sure you’re prepared to deal with the consequences and risks that come with it.