Birth Control, My Dear and Trusted Friend

Birth Control My Dear and Trusted Friend

Originally published on on May 14, 2013.

For as long as I can remember my mother always repeated one phrase to me, “You better have a wedding ring on one hand and a college degree in the other before you have any babies.” And because I am an obedient college educated daughter and not yet a Mrs., I have no children.

But as strict as my parents were are, they never told me not to have sex before marriage. (Well my mom never said don’t have sex before marriage, my father has never said my name and sex in the same sentence, EVER.) Anyway I’m in my late twenties and I’m not a virgin so clearly I know the meaning and importance of birth control.

I used Ortho-Cyclen in college and while it got the job done (a.k.a I’m nobody’s mama), my boobs went up a whole size. Now I know what you’re thinking, uh that’s not a bad thing. But with my petite five feet no inches frame, entering the double D club was something I wanted no part of * sigh *

After walking across Savannah State University’s graduation stage and entering the “real world,” I switched to Ortho Tri-Cyclen. And while my bust stayed in check and my skin was ever so clear, I was an emotional wreck! I’m not a crier but any and everything made me burst out into tears! Not a good look.

Finally I went on Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo. No bust change and a lot less tears but I did find it harder to lose weight. I guess some would say an extra 10 pounds never hurt anybody but an unplanned baby did. But I digress.

I’ve been “on the pill” for over 10 years and have only tried three types. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a private non-profit organization (not funded by pharmaceutical companies or the government) that analyzes the different methods of birth control for FREE without entering the doctor’s office? Well there is! Bedsider is a tool for women to learn about their birth control options, better manage their birth control, and in the process avoid getting pregnant until they’re ready. Bedsider provides detailed information and compares over a dozen birth control methods making it easy for every woman to find the right method to fit her lifestyle. offers women unbiased advice on how and where to find birth control and shares news, views, real stories and even a weekly column based around sex and birth control.

Bedsider also sets reminders to take your birth control and for appointments with your physicians. I keep my birth control pill case in a small box next to my bed but a reminder would be quite helpful. What do you keep in your bedside drawer and what do those items say about you? I created a Pinterest board of what’s in my box. Want to create your own and win variety of prizes? Follow the below directions.

*Follow on Pinterest.

*Create your own Pinterest board titled, “What’s in My Bedsider Drawer?”

*Repin this rules pin found here and at least one Bedsider’s 15 contest images found here from their board titled, “What’s in My Bedsider Drawer?” Be sure to tag each pin with the hashtag, #BedsideDrawer.

*Pin at least 5 additional images to represent your ideal bedside drawer. Tag each pin with the hashtag, #BedsideDrawer.

*Share your board’s URL on the Bedsider’s Facebook page here.

*Make sure to enter by 11:59 PM PST on May 29, 2013!

Every girl has that bedside drawer that holds the bedroom essentials: their Kindle, a pair of reading glasses, sexy lingerie. – whatever fits their personality. No matter what your drawer says about you, there’s birth control that will fit right in. Find the best method for your routine and style at

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