Taking the pill is hard. Like, really hard. Remembering to take it every single day, at the same time? UGH. Add to that this fun fact—if you hope to have two children in your life at some point, the average woman will spend 30 years trying to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
THREE DECADES of having to remember to use whatever contraceptive you choose correctly. That sounds exhausting.
It’s not just remembering, though, that causes contraceptive failure. It’s due to a lot of misinformation, thanks to abstinence-only education policies, and barriers to access to contraception. According to a 2012 report, 35% of women with an unplanned pregnancy didn’t use contraception of any kind because they didn’t think they could get pregnant. Uhhhhh…why not? You have all the right parts, yes? And while the ACA has helped with access, it has not solved the problem. 5.8 million women who need public assistance for birth control are uninsured.
Here is one more interesting fact from the Guttmacher Institute: 41% of the unintended pregnancies in the United States are from women who use contraceptives but do so inconsistently. Yikes.
Ok so what can you do to help make your life a little easier and carefree if you choose birth control? There are tools out there to help you! One of Northland’s favorites is Bedsider. Not only does this site have information on every possible birth control method, but they also have a birth control reminder app to help pill, patch, ring, and shot users stay on their game.
Northland Family Planning can help you navigate through all the information about the methods of birth control that are available to you. If the pill isn’t right for you because you realize you are not as consistent as you need to be, don’t worry. There are so many options; we can help you find the one that fits your lifestyle.
If you have questions or want to make an appointment, give us a call. We’re here to help!