Is Birth Control For You?

Is Birth Control For You?

(Light upbeat piano music) – We’re talking about birth control. – So much to unpack.
– It’s a lot. Do you take birth control? – So, I’m off birth control now, like any forms of birth control. So I was on birth control from like 16 to 24, which is a long time to be on hormones you like
– Yeah – Entirely don’t understand. My periods are insane. I currently have my period right now and it feels like the wrath of like seven suns just like
going through my body. – I started birth control in high school and it was kind of this thing where they pressure you into
going on birth control, and when I say “they” I
mean the gynecologists, so like, I mean I get why they do that, I mean they’re worried
about teen pregnancy and it does help with a
lot of side effects of PMS and acne, I think it’s
helped a lot of people, but it was weird that they just kind of put you on it and you don’t really learn that much about it. I didn’t really learn about it in school or in health class or anything
– No. – And I didn’t really
talk to anyone about it. – And then you just get this like packet that like unfolds like 17 times. – And its terrifying! – It’s like what am I on? You have no clue what it says in there or what the health risks
associated with it are. Like the mental side effects, the physical side effects, like the weight gain and all that, you don’t get like a walk-through. Especially with the mental side effects, that was like one of the
most surprising things to me. – And that’s kinda the thing that people don’t talk about a lot
– Yeah. – Because you talk about
the physical side effects, I have been on many
types of birth control. I’ve even tried NuvaRing. It was great because I didn’t have to remember to take it, but my biggest issue was like taking it out at the same time every day which is actually really hard
– It is. – See I felt all the
physical side effects, but then I also had
these mental side effects and I, I don’t think
the doctors believed me. – Yeah
– So that was the hard part, so I felt I was, I felt like it was making me depressed and I felt changes in my mood and I would bring it up to the doctors and they really, they’d try to switch me to different ones and it, they didn’t really acknowledge it with a conversation around like, “well maybe you shouldn’t
be on birth control” It was more like trying to
figure out different ones. So it wasn’t until recently after talking with lots of people that I finally was like I don’t wanna be on birth control anymore, because I, my body just doesn’t do
well with birth control. – So like for anyone that has like, any history of mental illness
or mental health issues, you’re kind of playing with fire, so for me, like my family has a history of mental health issues, I felt like it was making me more depressed. When you don’t have doctors validating that feeling, then you’re like okay, like oh no, I’m just crazy. – I’m really glad that I could talk to women about it now because it definitely increased my depression, increased my anxiety and I, it was hard to even tell that, like what it was, like I had to pinpoint it like, oh I’m taking birth control,
that’s what’s causing this. – If you’re a person that’s
taking birth control, like that’s totally fine because it helps with periods, it helps with acne, there’s all these like
wonderful side effects it does have, but I think
the problem is, like just not understanding what you’re taking and when you’re going on it when you’re 16 and you don’t understand
what you’re taking and then you start to feel these like crazy emotions, it’s like
what’s happening to my body. – I mean, I definitely
think it’s important and birth control, it should be free for women.
– Oh yeah. – And there’s a lot of
women that it really helps and women who don’t
have these side effects like any medication.
– Yeah. – But you should educate yourself and learn like what is harming your body or what’s helping you. – Yeah.
– Because it took me so many years, like most of my teen years into young adult to realize the impact it was having on me and I was also kind of embarrassed to even bring it up or talk about it. – Yeah, totally. Because I was like
terrified to ask questions, I was terrified to talk
about my mental illness, I was terrified to just talk about anxiety and depression and even give those things that labels, I was just like, “aww I’m just having a really bad day,” and then it was like fourteen bad days in a row.
(laughs) – And then its like a couple of months. – Yeah, this is maybe not normal. – I have a hormone imbalance and I have very irregular periods and the solution is to go on birth control. My physical body felt great. I was getting my period regularly, PMS was a lot lighter,
but I was very depressed. So it wasn’t worth it for me. – You’d think there’d be other options, and it sucks because when you’re young and you’re dating shitty
dudes, you’re like “I just gotta not,”
– Get pregnant. – Get pregnant with this horrible potential father’s child,
(laughs) so like, this is on me. If dudes had the
potential to get pregnant, I think, one birth control would be free, two, it would be like dispensed at like every corner, like there would be little dispensaries everywhere. – There would be so many studies about it. – Oh yeah, so many studies. And like if, god,
(laughs) if men like felt period cramps, if they felt like weight gain, if they felt like the mental
effects of birth control, there would be so much more money invested on studying, so much more
money invested on educating. – Do guys have any birth control stories? Success, failures, anything
you wanna talk about? Let us know.
– Share them. – [VO] Share them below. – [VO 2] With all the
trolls, right down there. – [VO] I’m sure there’s
gonna be some angry men. (light upbeat piano music)


  1. I stopped taking birth control because it changed my personality and mood, i was always sad and getting sadder, so I stopped

  2. My birth control actually helps with my depression and anxiety. It is true that the mental health issues that come with taking the pill can become a problem, however if you do get the right pill it can make a world of a difference. I would like to also point out that my period is a major factor as to why I deal with depression because I deal with a lot of pain on my period.

  3. I had 5 different types of birth control. I got more pms than before. I got anxiety. And then They triggered a depression. I stoped taking them and felt better. If you have a history of depression in your family then don't take them…. it was horrible…
    But yeah for some people they work really well. Just not for me.

    In Sweden some types of birth control are free until you're 22

  4. Respect a ladies choice to decide wither or not to be on the pill, gentleman. In regards to the end, I'm a man I'm not angry. If I was given a choice to be on a male version of birth control I'd probably not take it; those side effects are insane.

  5. Where are the parents or guardians in all this?!? A 16 year old on birth control should be watched by her parents and the parents have the say so in everything. Doctors are there to help you and listen to your concerns but step one starts with mom and or dad. Birth control can really help people that are suffering and should also be used with a lot of caution. You are literally stopping your body from doing what it naturally is supposed to do by way of hormones. Girls under 18 really need to have a talk with a parent or guardian about birth control before they think about getting on it instead of just assuming "oh it's the norm" and making sure that it's for the right reasons. And this is coming from a 24 year old woman who suffers from painful periods and has been with my husband for 10 years, married for 6, never been pregnant and has never taken any form of birth control. I also feel that that last part about how if there was a pill for men that it would get lots of studies etc feels a little sexist to me and un necessary.

  6. It's hormones… they didn't expect mental side effects, really? They could've asked the doctors or even google it.???

    Okay, they did ask but what kind of doctors they have over there? My doctor did explain the mental and physical side effects before I took it.

  7. You guys shouldn't be on birth control if you don't know what your own. that's your own irresponsibility for not knowing what your own. that's nobody's fault but your own

  8. I wish this video focused a little bit more on the facts of birth control and listed out the potential pros and cons for a few different types. I've been taking birth control for the past 3 years mostly to regulate my period and to avoid pregnancy, but there are tons of different reasons to be on it! I'm super thankful for it, in high school my periods were terrible, lasting 7-8 days and incredibly heavy flow for most of those days. I'd have to chance my pad/tampon very regularly (which was difficult during the average school day). Since I've been on birth control my period is MUCH lighter and only lasts 3-4 days now, with me sometimes only having to wear a panty liner. I've noticed a little bit of an emotional difference but honestly it is SO worth it being able to now live comfortably on my period.

  9. Is birth control for you? Are you a menstruating human that does not want to be pregnant? Then yes, birth control if for you! This was a very irresponsible video and I hope young woman understand that there are different types, if one does not work for you then try others. Try condoms, or copper IUDs (with no hormones), implants, shots, Nuvarings, pills.

  10. Okay, i dont know anything about birth control soo i have a question. Why do people use it? Just bc they don't want to get pregnant? Or are there other reasons?

  11. I started birth control this year to help with my acne. I started to get break outs on my back and chest and nothing was working on stopping it. I tried everything and this is my second to last resort. So far, I do feel it has helped with my acne, but if I miss a day I'll breakout bad the next day. After three months I'll decide if I want to continue with it.

  12. I switched from the pill to the nuva ring. When I was on the pill it was making my antidepressant not as effective and I would get insanely heavy and painful periods. Now on the nuva ring my "periods" are light and pretty pain free. Only side effect is I get random cramping and it triggers my migraines.

  13. I started on the pill at 21 and had to go off at 34 because I developed high blood pressure. But after 2 years I got that under control and went back on the pill. I'm now 40 and don't plan on going off it until I hit menopause. Besides the fact I don't want kids, I really like knowing exactly when my period is going to start. When I wasn't on the pill I was supper irregular. Like going anywhere from 15 to 45 days between having it. And that wasn't fun, never being sure when it would come and always having to have supplies on hand.

  14. "Is birth control for you?" If you're asking yourself this question please go talk to your doctor. If you want to know specifics and what side effects it will have on you, talk to your doctor! Every person responds to brith control differently. There are also many types of birth control. Talk to your doctor and ask which one is right for you! This video is so irresponsible. Young girls should go to their doctor with these questions, not buzzfeed.

  15. I got extreme PMS symptoms and I would get really angry or depressed. Even to the point of being suicidal. I started taking birth control, and the strong PMS symptoms went away. I went off them after being on it for 5 years, thinking I'll be ok without them. And then I went back to being super emotional, had depression, suicidal tendencies for no reason, and got major acne. So sometimes birth control actually helps instead of makes things worse. For me, I need it to be mentally sane before, and after my period cycles!

  16. The Daysy is a really great natural form of birth control. it measures your temperature (With a really high tech sensor) and tells you when you're fertile and infertile its actually so great. It works off your body instead of changing it forcefully with chemicals.

  17. I've never considered that my worsening depression/anxiety might be caused by my birth control. I might have to look into that

  18. Thank you for making this video! I had an experience similar to Ella's, in that birth control negatively affected my mental health. At this point, I don't know what to do, though, because I have had secondary amenorrhea for years (meaning I no longer menstruate on my own) and the doctors say I need birth control to raise my hormones for the sake of my bones' health. I guess estrogen is important for preventing osteoperosis. No doctors have ever been able to tell me why I stopped ovulating. They only hand me the pill— I am forced to choose between being mentally ill now or being physically weakened later. I wish doctors and the scientific community at large paid more attention to women's reproductive health! This video has made me feel less alone in regard to that sentiment— thank you.

  19. They should have had a doctor step in and answer these questions and concerns. They are giving out medical advice to impressionable youth. They work at a social media company. They need to not educate with their assumptions and personal experiences. I love my birth control. I really hope no one watches this video and thinks it's fact.

  20. The problem here is honestly your doctors. They are there to explain the risks, and as a teenager, your parents need to care about your health as well to ask questions. I definitely had side effects, until I found the right birth control for me. Your doctor should be giving you samples to try what works for you and never throw a prescription like that at you; that is a huge red flag. I went on birth control when I was bleeding to death in the hospital at 14, but stayed on it because I found what helped my hormonal imbalance, depression, pmdd, and pain; I'm 26 now.

  21. ive started taking birth control when i was 15 and like you said, i wasnt really given much info on it, just that little square thing that unfolds to infinity and beyond. when i started birth control i weighed 183, yes i was already pretty big for a 15 yr old at my height anyway (im very short) but over the last two years i gained almost 60 pounds and it wasn't all just from birth control but a lot of it came on around the time i started taking it. this weight gain plus the hormonal emotional effects put me in a stump for a while and my family wasnt making it any better. i love birth control, i have little to no pain during my period and my skin is flawless but my weight and mental well being have been ridiculous. i have chosen to stick with it after telling my doctor about it because i chose to not be back in the ER for passing out in the middle of class due to extreme period pain.

  22. I think part of the responsibility of going on birth control is doing your research, you don't want to put a foreign object or drug in your body without considering how it will effect your body and you also have to consider what works for your lifestyle. It is not always predictable some women experience side effects more than others but plan parenthood's website can give you more information as well as having a consultation with your doctor don't rely on word of mouth or just the media experience it for yourself and as long as you are safe and have consent you should not feel ashamed.

  23. Side effects I experienced from the pill: weight gain, and I got a 6" long blood clot in my upper arm because I had a blood clotting disorder that they didn't test for and the hormones from the pill effected it. Obviously I went off it (after almost dying). Side effects from my non-hormonal IUD: brain fog, anxiety, worsening depression. I got that taken out in March and I'm still recovering mentally. Don't just blindly put something in your body because it's suggested. Do your research, know the pros and cons, and most importantly trust your body to tell you when something is wrong. When I had my blood clot, it went misdiagnosed for three months because my doctor wouldn't listen to me. I was a literal day away from death because of the pill. (The disorder I have is called Factor Five Leiden, if any of you want to be tested for it before going on the pill- it's a genetic disorder and only effects 5% of people, but better safe than sorry)

  24. I can't imagine that you guys don't learn about it in school ? I am from germany and we learned so much about different options of birth control with each of their benefits and risks or side effects.
    I also know many couples were they split the amount of money for the cost because the guys want to help out.

  25. Best part about birth control is it is the woman's responsibility, otherwise she spits out a baby 8 months later.

  26. I'm not enttiiiiirely sure why… but a whole swarm of my friends have gone off birth control recently… myself included… (after about ten years of almost constant usage) and none of us want to go back. You lose touch with your self. You lose touch with your cycle. Our monthly cycles are our nature… they teach you when you want to be introverted or extroverted… they heal you from the inside out (literally ;P )… to each their own, but going off has been the best choice I've made in years… my gyno is against it, my mom is against… but… you can be safe in other other ways… and most of them involve you getting to know yourself better! <3 our nature is not to be conquered with medicine… it is to be respected, and listened to… and… nurtured <3

  27. I'm a virgin lesbian and I rlly wanna go on birth control to help my acne and periods but whenever I ask my mom she just looks so shocked cause she thinks I'm out there fucking boys

  28. I'm 20 mad from Scotland so my healthcare and any prescriptions I get are free so I start birth control (a couple different forms of the pill) at 15 because I had really bad periods I discussed with my mum and my doctor now I'm have the implant which was also free and I'm so thankful for free healthcare birth control should 100% be free for many reasons. Doctors in the US don't sound fun

  29. I have really bad periods (bad cramps, vomiting, almost fainting) and my doctor recommended birth control and I might go on it, but this kinda scares me a bit tbh.

  30. I knew absolutely NOTHING about birth control, only that it regulates your period and "stops" you from getting pregnant. I took the Depo shot for about a year. I experienced depression so severely that I tried to end… it, (it's kinda hard to talk about it). But I wanted to bring it up because taking birth control is a BIG decision and people should know what they're getting into. What happened to me is a big part of my life now and I hope this helps men and women alike who are reading this.

  31. I've been pressured by so many people to go on birth control. But I never have because of all of the side effects. I already deal with mental health and weight issues and I always felt like birth control would only amplify those issues. I wish more people were talking about the negative effects of birth control and were trying to make it safer for women.

  32. With all of the great qualities and benefits that birth control have, I am a little against it. Yes, it does help women with hormone imbalance, PMS, provides another type of protection in case of sexual activity, but still… A non-natural additional hormone intake into your system just confuses your body more, I think. Your body produces hormone in his own cycle, and getting more hormones in the equation in just messing with the natural cycle of your body, and disrupting it.
    Birth control can help the menstrual cycle, but in my eyes also disrupts it.

  33. So you get two women who are anti-birth control to "discuss" birth control? I mean, they are blaming teen angst on birth control! Trust me, even teens who aren't on birth control have teen angst. Did you even talk to a gyno about this video? NO, clearly NOT.

  34. I have anxiety and I take birth control, but my anxiety hasn't changed. It enters super overload, something is about to murder you every minute, mode when I hit the placebos, but that's about it. I take a three month cycle and now I'm not taking the placebos, I'm just going right into the next set. BEST DECISION EVER. Only problem is that I sometimes get spotting and that's frustrating as hell. Hoping to get my uterus removed at some point, but the latest I want to get it removed would be at 26. I don't need to find "the right guy", my future does not need biological children (or children at all), and I don't need a full hysterectomy. I will have animals, loads of student debt, and only have my uterus removed. Ovaries are needed for hormone regulation (so I don't go into menopause) and the cervix is there for structural support.

  35. Ella, there are totally ways to correct hormone imbalances without being on birth control. Look up some natural gynecologists in your area and see if they can help!

  36. Can I just say, thank you so much for making this video. I started birth control in May and I've the past few months I've gradually been getting more and more side effects of depression and anxiety to the point where I really struggle to function as a human being. I don't have the choice currently to stop taking it as the pain I get from periods without it is crippling and am about to move out to start uni. It's so important that we talk about the mental side effects of the pill, it's not spoken about enough and wasn't even something that was flagged up to me as a potential side effect by my doctor. People need to be more informed, and women suffering from mental health issues while on the pill need to know it's okay to talk about them and it's not something that should be swept under a rug. There needs to be more resources out there to help to overcome these mental side effects of the pill.

  37. I chose to be on birth control to have regular cycles since my period was constantly out of whack since I began menstruating as a teen. One month I could have it, skip two months, and have a two days where I bled like crazy. My mom did not allowed me to be on birth control so I had to wait until I moved out as an adult.

  38. I was never anywhere near being promiscuous, so I made the decision (at 17, when I went to college) to not go on birth control. I knew ME–doctors, family members, friends, etc. did not but seem to make it their business that I be on "the pill." And to date, I've gone through a few decades now without any pregnancy fears or worrisome moments, and without artificial hormones messing up my body.

  39. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. thank you for this, if i had seen this a year ago, when i was struggling with mood swings and depression and it took 3 months to figure out that the birth control was the root, i would have felt much less crazy, scared and alone.

  40. The options are not just pill or condoms. You have also the copper IUD!!! It's not hormonal, and there are no side effects, it's not hormonal! I live in Europe and here there are so many solutions for women contraception! You have a lot of possibilities other than the pill and the condoms. You have different type of IUD (with or without hormones), female condom, hormonal implant, hormonal patches, the vaginal ring…. There are so many possibilities! How is it possible that in the USA you only think about condoms and pills. Are the others not available? Or the doctors won't talk about it?

  41. In my experience a lot of women are getting scared of taking birth control because they hear too much of other women 'going crazy' on it. I've been on and off it for several years, and I don't have those side effects. Honestly, the times i felt more depressed in my life was when I was not on birth control (I don't know if that's even possible that it could have the opposite effect). So I think they need to hear both sides. Also, they recently came out with a 40 year study showing that women on birth control for 5+ years had a much lower chance of developing ovarian cancer than those who weren't on it. So there are newly discovered long term benefits to being on birth control. The city I live in now has a lot of accidental teen pregnancies, and so I am an avid proponent of girls taking birth control and not being scared away from it. They also have a non-hormonal copper IUD too if the hormones are having negative mental effects on you. I just think both sides (the pro and con side) should be discussed. *This video seemed mostly to be about cons, and I understand that might be y'alls experience… but girls should know that it's not that bad for everyone, and to not just be scared away from it/not try it because they're scared of these side effects/risk accidental pregnancies instead.

  42. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so I have to take the pill to regulate my periods. I've tried probably 3 different types, and they all affected my mood, and making me feel more depressed and anxious. I haven't yet found a solution unfortunately. On top of that, not many people know about PCOS so there likely won't be a solution very soon. Also, when some people talk about the pill, they are kind of judgmental and ask "Why take something that has all these bad side effects when you could just use a condom?" Well, I don't really have a choice.

  43. Thanks for talking about this! I was LITERALLY LIED TO by my doctors. I went on the patch and then I got my period and didn't stop bleeding. After a month or two of bleeding every day, they switched me to the pill. I still didn't stop. I ended up bleeding for 4 months straight until they put me on some really strong thing for a couple of weeks to make me stop. Then I went on the depo shot. Before getting it, I specifically asked 3 different health providers if I could get pregnant as soon as I got off of it as my husband and I want a family some day. They each assured me I could the month after. Once we decided we were ready to get pregnant I went back to the doctor to talk about prenatal health and tell them I was coming off the depo. I was then informed that although it is technically possible to get pregnant right away, for most women it takes a year to 18 months as it tends to linger. We've now been trying to get pregnant for over a year and have decided to become foster parents for kids who need a loving home. I am so disappointed in American health care and feel cheated out of making my own family planning choices. Thanks for reading my story <3

  44. I know a girl who had a stroke from taking bc pill. The doctors refuse to say that it was the pill that caused it but how else does a 19 year old girl with no medical conditions get a stroke? Also if your gynecologist is pressuring you to get on birth control, change Doctors.

  45. I went to my doctor and told her that I realized how tired I am all the time and that I could not think about a time I wasn't and that I was angry very quickly, also sad often, and did not enjoy sex as much as I did before. I told her all that, asking her for another birth control without extra hormones for young women. She gave me some new options but rather unwillingly, saying that if I want to believe that my birth control is causing these problems, then I should know that most of it is not true, I am just imagining it, it is caused by something else of course. I was shocked. I just opened up about what I found out and that I want to change that to feel better, and she just laughed it off, saying I was pretending or imagining. I mean, she is a doctor … but some doctors tend to just stick with the physical sideeffects, denying everything in the mental area … it is just sad.
    I, too, have the feeling that nobody told me what it could do to me. Because the only things some doctors believe in are what physical side effects hormonal birth control can have. Nobody even told me about them, I read about it in the description when I bought the pill.
    It is saddening …

  46. So when I went on birth control at 18  I got it through my primary care doctor. I have migraines with aura so she put me on the lowest estrogen dose of the pill even though I told her I am not responsible enough to take it every day. That lasted for 2 months. 3 years later I get my progestin implant  through Planned Parenthood and they were so great and helpful. My nurse totally understood and respected the fact that the pill is not for me, but also informed me that I can't go on estrogen at all because extra estrogen in people who get migraines with aura have a very high risk of seizures. I was shocked and angry that my primary care would give me any level of estrogen especially after doing my own research which all agreed with that nurse. Clearly we need more education so we can make our own informed decisions.

    And also you have totally 100% control of what type of birth control you go on that works for you.

  47. I got all the way to the bottom of the comments section…. I feel like that's an accomplishment…… Fun video…. It was interesting……… Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol. :).

  48. Halfway through watching I was so overwhelmed with happiness that I burst into tears. Thank you so much for making this video and for talking about these issues so candidly and openly. I hope it reaches as many women to educate and encourage as possible. I hope it reaches as many men as possible to educate and enlighten as well.

  49. One realization I just had is that I learned more about birth control in my biology class then I did in my health class…

  50. Birth control made my hair fall out, and THATS a side effect they don't tell you about. I got off my pill, and I'm never putting that junk in my body ever again.

  51. It's also important to understand how it physically works. What kind of toxic environment it creates in your womb and to think about wether you are ok with that or not. Cause emotions, mind and body are all conected.

  52. There are also different reasons for taking birth control, other than the actual pregnancy reason. I'm younger than 15, and I take it because I have PCOS, which is a genetic syndrome that involves your ovaries ad pancreas, and I have INSAIN hormones…

  53. I just came out of a decade of infections, especially chronic yeast infections. Doctors always told me they didn't know a solution to it and scared me to go off birth control. I stopped birth control a year ago because I tried absolutely every other option out there and BOOM. ALL. INFECTIONS. STOPPED!!!!!!!

  54. Terrible video. Why do you hate men so much?? I just don't get it.

    NO ONE IS AGAINST YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If men had periods or got pregnant, the birth control pill would be the exact same.
    You can't have both. If you want BC to be free, there are some regulations that need to be put. If you want strangers to pay for your medication, you must also let them in your business.

    Stop being a victim. If you feel worse taking BC than not taking it, don't take it. It's that simple.

  55. I'm on depo shot for endometriosis and it comes with weight gain headaches random discharge of old blood heat flashes cold flashes and personally I get weak spells

  56. I just got a birth control implant put in and it hurts so much when I touch it or I bump that part of my arm against something. It's almost like a burning sensation but, not quite, I don't know how else to describe it. I'm betting it will go away in a couple of weeks though once my body get's used to it.

  57. I'm a lucky one. Birth control makes my periods almost non-existent and as far as I can tell I have no negative side effects. Only the normal risks like blot clotting etc. I feel so bad for other women who have horrible PMS or loooong periods or bad birth control side effects.

  58. Some folks find their moods are better on hormonal methods of birth control. I have less mood swings, and my friend with bipolar is trying to get back on bc after a pulmonary embolism(signed off by her pulmonologist) to help deal with her disabling PMDD.

    My favorite method of birth control is the Mirena, which is preferred by female doctors, because the hormones are the lowest and localized. I still have less mood swings, because I'm not going through the hormone changes monthly, but I have less depression than with the Depo shot and way less weight problems. The Depo is just, a lot of hormones! And I never had to think about the Mirena. God, I loved it. It needs to be free for teenagers. Why should teens have to rely on the least reliable forms of birth control?

  59. The pill caused me to not notice serious problems with my hormones and abnormally large ovarian cysts that increased my risk of ovarian torsion. It’s fucked up my entire body and may have hurt my ability to have children because I was pressured to take them instead of actually figuring out what I was having problems. Serious side effects are downplayed and glossed over. The pill doesn’t “fix” your periods or hormones it just masks the problem

  60. I now use condoms and a Caya diaphragm with contragel (nonoxynol 9 felt like bleach on my lady parts!), and it works great for me and my partner

  61. I'm 20. I've never used hormonal bc, because I read all the sign effects on the pamphlet, and it just didn't seem worth it. I've had many girl friends tell me about the mood swings they got, and weight gain on bc, so I made the secession to just use condoms. I feel great and healthy about my choice

  62. I'm 16 and I've been on birth control for about 2 years and I didn't even know that there was side effects to it and I've honestly been depressed and just overall seen a difference in myself and I only discovered that there was side effects to what I was putting into my body when I researched it myself, like not even my doctor told me about anything like depression or weight gain or any of that I had to find out and research all of that myself like idk that really opened my eyes

  63. hey! to all girls please dont listen to this its mostly wrong. please do your research girls theres a lot of benefits and this video is just not a good representation and also girls you shouldnt gain wait if youre gaining more than 5 pounds somethings up.

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