thanatical (thanatical) wrote in vaginapagina,

Reassurance and Help with Hormonal Birth Control

I am a 23 year old woman, and I have been sexually active since I was 20. I've only had sex with three people, and I only have sex in committed relationships. I have only ever used condoms, and I think it's time for me to graduate to a more consistent and more convenient form of birth control.

I am horrified of the thought of putting hormones into my body, but I don't like the idea of a copper IUD or anything of the like. Perhaps because I have been spending too much time researching reviews of various birth control pills, I keep seeing that birth control pills make you moody, overweight, or acne-prone. I am 5'2 and 117lbs. My weight does yo-yo between 115 and 135lbs. I am terrified of gaining weight, but I also don't want acne or to be a moody girlfriend. What has been your experience with birth control pills? Was it as bad as it seems to be on the internet? How long did it take for your body to get used to the pills?

Furthermore, although I come from a financially stable family, I absolutely cannot tell my parents that I want to undergo birth control. I have no real income; I am a graduate student and I take out loans. My parents have a level of control over me and my finances that's honestly quite embarrassing considering my age. They believe in having sex only after marriage, and I absolutely do not want to have a conversation about my sexuality with them. So, that means I will probably have to go to Planned Parenthood and receive pills from there, that I will have to pay for in cash. My friend recommended Estrostep Fe, which is not available through Planned Parenthood. What has been your experience with Planned Parenthood? What kinds of pills are available through them?

Sorry if this is a long-winded post; some opinions would be greatly appreciated. The more research I do online, the more scared I get and the less I want to even consider going on the pill. But, I know that it's probably the better decision in the long run - getting pregnant right now is absolutely not an option.

Thanks for your help!
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