Birth Control
Mercedes

Hey Naomi! So guess what, my bf told me he loves me today! ❤ He is super hot, like, I can’t keep my hands off him!

Naomi

Woah, sounds like you guys are pretty serious!

Mercedes

Sometimes we get so caught up I’m worried we’ll “do something” without being prepared.

Naomi

Yeah, you definitely don’t want that. It’s better to always be prepared, just in case.

Mercedes

Ugh. Maybe I will just make HIM buy condoms, I don’t want to mess with any of that.

Naomi

True, that would be easier. Condoms are good because they can protect you from pregnancy as well as STDs, but the safest method is for you to use another birth control method PLUS a condom.

Mercedes

What am I supposed to do, just tell my mom I want to go on birth control? NO WAY is that happening.

Naomi

I know it’s awkward to ask your parents about stuff like that. It will be weird at first, but muster up your courage, you can do this! It is SO worth it to keep yourself healthy.

Mercedes

Yeah I guess so. But my mom still thinks of me as her little girl 😫

Naomi

My mom still treats me that way too and I’m an adult! It’s just getting past that first hurdle. Try opening the conversation casually, like “mom, it’s kinda embarrassing but I want to talk to you about something…”

Mercedes

She’s just going to be crazy I know it! What if she just gets mad and won’t let me see my boo anymore?

Naomi

Trust me, your parents want what’s best for you. They may not think you’re ready for sex yet, because they may not have been ready at your age. But if you have thought it through and are sure how you feel, let them know! If you are going to be sexually active no matter what your mom says, she would rather have you be safe about it.

Mercedes

Well it’s going to happen eventually anyways, she’ll deal.

Naomi

That’s right!

Mercedes

So do I have to go to a doctor to get on the pill?

Naomi

Yup. If you want to get on birth control like the IUD, implant, shot, pill, patch or ring, you’ll need to see a professional. Your doctor will decide if you need a full exam, but usually they’ll want to know about your medical history – and yes, that includes your sex life. Be honest, so they can help you! They won’t judge.

Mercedes

Okay but does my mom have to be there?

Naomi

She doesn’t have to be there for that. And you doctor may want to do a pelvic exam, too, and she definitely won’t be there for that. Feel free to ask the doctors ANYTHING, seriously, they’re the experts! And you won’t be the first to ask.

Mercedes

Thanks, Naomi. It’s scarier to talk to my mom than it was talking to boys! But I got this. Talk to you soon.

Naomi

Okay, good talk. If you want to know any more, you can hang out and see what I’ve been talking to my other friends about, too!

Mercedes

ok, thank you!

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