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Hey all and happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a great week so far! Not too much really happening over here, just trying to get through another week haha!
I want to take a moment to step outside of my normal fashion/beauty/ lifestyle posts and discuss something a bit more serious and sometimes a bit more real for us ladies. We all know that life can throw you those unexpected curveballs, especially when it comes to our contraceptive needs and our plan we have in place (or having no plan at all).
There is a lot of pressure as I get closer and closer to 30 to settle down, have a baby, and start a family. Growing up, and even in my early 20’s, I for sure thought by this point in my life, I would have at least one child and have my whole life figured out. But… life happened and plans changed, and thankfully so has access to contraception.
I spent most of my 20’s moving across cities, states, and countries, with very little time to settle down or even think of starting a family. While I was traveling to different countries, I was also attending weddings, baby showers, and even baptisms. My choice to travel instead of starting a family was simply that… MY CHOICE. My friends wanting to have children also made a choice, and there is zero shame in either choice we decide to make. Because I still have not wanted to start a family and have no plans to in the next year or so, which is why having access to contraceptive products is so crucial.
I have known for the last almost decade of my life, that getting pregnant before I was ready was not a viable option for me. I was studying, traveling, and really just living my life selfishly for me… so the possibility of getting pregnant would have put all that on hold. While I was living overseas, access to emergency contraception was either extremely hard to get, or illegal.
After moving to my second country, I made sure to learn the health laws for women and know my rights and choices, and also bring medicine over from the states as well. While birth control is Korea was easier to access… emergency contraception was not. It was tough enough finding a gynecologist that spoke English, let alone trying to find one that would write a prescription for it. There was this level of shame they made you feel walking in and asking for a prescription for it (you could not obtain it without one), especially being a foreigner.
So, writing this post felt all the more crucial to me, because I have lived through trying to obtain it, and been there when friends could not even have access to it because it was illegal in other countries.
So, how do we as women prepare? We know our options and no longer panic. It is estimated the 1-in-2 women will need emergency contraception in their life, so knowing you are not alone is a huge start. That is where a product like Preventeza™ comes in.
Preventeza™ by the makers of Vagisil® is a one tablet, one dose emergency contraceptive that helps stop pregnancy before it starts. It uses the same ingredient as most birth control pills, and when used within 3 days (72 hours), it helps to prevent pregnancy before it starts. You can find out more by checking out this video to learn how to feel more prepared and in control!
While it is available at pharmacies and drug store locations around the country, I encourage planning ahead and keeping some in your bathroom cabinet or even your purse. It may not always help you, but it could help another woman as well.
Speaking of: currently Preventeza™ is offering an option to Buy One Get One (or give one) via their website. You never know when the unexpected could happen to you… or a friend. Simply add both packs to your cart, and the cost of the second pack is covered.
Remember that it is 2018 and discussing women’s health and anything involving your own reproductive health is nothing to be ashamed about! Shameless is absolutely beautiful when it comes to your reproductive choices….whatever they may be.