By Veronica Appleton, MA
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Bedsider.org. All opinions are my own.
Talking about sex, birth control, sexual reproductive health and any other topic involved in women’s issues creates discourse and evolving changes in perspectives. One of the greatest gifts in life is the freedom of choice and voice.
For decades now, women have had greater control over their health, career and sex life. Like never before, women also have the freedom to experience a fulfilled sex life with independence.
However, research has found, 7 in 10 pregnancies among unmarried women 18-29 are described by women themselves as unplanned. That’s 3 million each year and one of the highest levels in the entire developed world.
Certainly, that’s a large number of unplanned pregnancies, but there’s a way that women can be empowered to take total control of their bodies and whether they have children, how many they have and when they have them. This is why BIRTH CONTROL is of utmost importance. Birth control: two purely significant words that come to mind when a women desires to balance a happy sex life without the worry of unplanned pregnancy.
The first step would be for women to maintain an active role within their own reproductive health as needed.
There are over 10 methods to prevent pregnancy. Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, works with women to find the method of birth control that’s right for them. It also goes to teach women how to use it consistently and effectively.
In preparation for this post, I discussed with my mother how she felt when she discovered, at the age of 25, that she would soon become a parent. Her response to my questions were sincere and honest.
At the initial moment she discovered she was pregnant, she admits that “I was mad. I knew I wasn’t ready and I just found out I had fibroid tumors.” She continued, “Even if I wanted an abortion, I wouldn’t be able to get it.” The conversation concluded after my mother stated, “I never considered adoption, because if the abortion didn’t work out I knew God was telling me to keep you. You’re here for a reason.”
From this conversation, I was transitionally placed in the life of a 25-year-old women who was juggling an emotional rollercoaster, and future plans for herself and newborn baby. Research has shown that the consequences of unplanned pregnancy are significant and expensive. They include more health risks, higher likelihood of poverty, fewer opportunities to complete one’s education, mature relationships and lower likelihood of stable families.
As I close, remember the usage of condoms can prevent pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. At Red Pump, we believe that we must empower women and girls, and to continue this mission we take pride in sharing the information we know.
Recent research has found engaging in sex with a condom is still filled with pleasure, so don’t be afraid to protect yourself and your partner.
Want to join the conversation? Here are 5 ways:
- Attend a live Twitter chat with Dr. Michelle Callahan from Black Entertainment Television and Dr. K from Bedsider on Wednesday, Feb. 12 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CDT. Join the conversation using the hashtag #BETBedsider.
- Join a Reddit AMA chat on Feb. 19 @ 6 PM – 7 PM CDT for a discussion on birth control.
- Visit the Besider.org Youtube Channel and view a We Get You PSA here, YouTube.
- Log on to Bedsider.org, get informed, and learn more.
- Don’t forget the conversation never stops via social media! So use your Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress or Instagram to create virtual discussions and conversations.