Although the Pill is the one of the most common forms of contraception used by American women, including myself, everyone’s experience is different and you will find there is no one-size-fits all method when it comes to birth control. While it’s great to talk to friends and family about your options, it is important to remember that just because your friend or sister had a certain experience using one option, this may not necessarily mean the same for you.
For me, my journey with the Pill began years ago, where the first step I took was booking an appointment to see my doctor. As someone who I have a trusted relationship with, and consult regularly on important health decisions, I felt at ease discussing the options available to me with my doctor. Being able to talk candidly about your health is something everyone should feel they can do, and your doctor’s office is a private and safe place to do so.
Having digested all the information provided by my doctor, the time came to make a decision that was appropriate for me and my lifestyle. Given no one day is the same for me, between traveling, meetings, or shooting content, it was crucial to have a morning ritual that I could easily adopt and stick to despite whatever the day would throw at me. It was the ability to stick to a daily routine that ultimately led me to land on the Pill for my chosen contraceptive method to help with pregnancy prevention.
Once comfortable with my decision and ready to get a prescription, I was interested to learn from my doctor that in some states, pharmacists are able to prescribe the Pill! Gynecologists and obstetricians are some of the doctors that come to mind when thinking about who is able to write you a prescription for the Pill, so it was reassuring to learn that depending on where you live, there may be options available to you when it comes to getting a prescription.
It's never easy making important decisions on your own, especially when it comes to your health. While it’s great to seek support from your friends and family, as I had done, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional about birth control to discuss any possible side effects and determine which option is appropriate for you and your body, not anyone else’s.
Elyse is a paid influencer for Allergan, and the opinions stated above are her own.