Every year, like clockwork, February 14th comes around and makes everyone a little uneasy. And, with that same regularity, we try to brainstorm Valentine’s Day-related pieces that will make you feel seen, heard, and represented—and a few that’ll teach you something too. I’m not going to wax poetic about things to do with your "gal pals" if you’re single or how to wear your hair on a dinner date if you’re not. Those are valid pieces of content, they hold purpose and importance just like anything else. But I know what it’s like to be single on Valentine’s Day and it has nothing to do with spa packages and pink, sparkly products. It’s with that in mind we decided to talk about various forms of contraception. Sex happens regardless of your relationship status, right? We have a ton of science-backed, doctor-informed resources should you need them on the different types of birth control, what happens to your body when you go off it, Plan B, issues with PCOS and your diet, and new sexual health products—we love our experts. But sometimes it feels good to just talk. To share our experiences. So, we just wanted to hear from you.
Below, find the stories of six twenty-something women living in New York. They discuss the contraception that works for them, whether they use anything at all, and a little bit about their journey to get there. There’s issues of pressure from parents, partners, and doctors, as well as the usual complications that come about when sex is on the table. You’ll definitely be able to relate to at least one component of it all. Keep scrolling for advice, thoughts, and musings from real women who have sex. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Make sure to talk to your doctor about options before making any decisions in regards to contraception and medication.
Source: Byrdie – Hallie Gould