Having access to contraception is, of course, an amazing thing that we should all be grateful for. But at the same time it can be stressful, problematic, and pretty damn confusing.
It's usually just assumed that we'll be taking the Pill, regardless of its side-effects. Yet how many of us have suffered with bad skin, mood swings, and loss of libido while taking it? Not to mention the host of other serious side-effects, like the friend who recently told me going back on the Pill caused such a severe bout of depression she was almost signed off work.
There are other options, of course, but many of these are pretty invasive. And then there are condoms which can be a nightmare, too, as anyone who's experienced one splitting will attest.
The first thing we should remember is that we're all in this together. Take time to chat with your friends about contraception – it really does help you remember that all of us at times struggle with what the best choice is. Research the different options available to you. Speak to a doctor and demand to know more if necessary, demand to know all of your options and don't settle for something that you're not comfortable with.
Finally, and most importantly, the contraception you use should be YOUR choice. Of course, speak to your partner if you have one, but they should never make you feel coerced into choosing an option that you're uncomfortable with for their own ease or enjoyment. No one – partner or medical professional – should dictate how you manage your sexual health.