Going on birth control has been the best decision I’ve ever made and it allows me to live a normal life again.I’m sure other women with PCOS can relate as well." —sammyp41e71fcd6 "I use birth control because my body craves sex (with my consensual partner) and that craving shouldn't result in creating a life that I simply would not be able to support now or, possibly, ever. Ten years of control over my own body that doesn't include hormones (I have depression and anxiety and was worried that hormonal birth control would exacerbate those issues), that I don't have to think about on a daily basis, and that I can use as part of a plan for safe sex whenever necessary." —Kristen Schebler, Facebook "I use birth control because in freshman year of college I was having a heavy period every two weeks with cramps so bad that I couldn't attend class or work, exhaustion, hot flashes, diarrhea, back pain, nausea, etc.(But, also, that no-babies thing is pretty clutch.) So, in honor of this year's Thanks, Birth Control Day, a campaign led by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, we asked members of the Buzz Feed Community why they use birth control and what it's made possible for them.Here are a just a few reasons someone might take birth control: "I was on the Pill for five years and last month I made the decision to get an IUD.My IUD means that I can keep my family the size I want and I can help my son grow up." —crenee "As a teenager, and now into adulthood, I had severe acne that made me super self-conscious, and I was being picked on for it.I tried other medications, one of which made me very ill (a rare side effect).At that point, I would have bled so hard that I, my underwear, my pajamas, and my sheets would be nice and soaked.
" —nastywoman737 "I have a somewhat rare genetic mutation called BRCA2 that puts me at very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
I still get mild headaches on the first and second day, but it's so much better. At 44, I found out that I’m in perimenopause and my periods had become ungodly heavy.
Leaking-through-a-super-plus-tampon-in-less-than-two-hours heavy. I started using menstrual cups, which helped, but I just got tired of dealing with it. I hardly get a period — I can handle it with a panty liner for the two to three days it happens. Bisgard, Facebook "In addition to preventing pregnancy, my main reason for taking it is because I have a localized type of endometriosis called adenomyosis.
They would hit one day before my period began and lasted about three days.
The OB-GYN said they were triggered by the shift in hormones in my body, so I went on birth control and the menstrual migraines just disappeared! " —Caroline Kee, Facebook "I just got a Mirena IUD this year.