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Going to the doctor shouldn’t make you feel powerless or violated

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patient-provider communications , communication, health, how-to, problem solving

As a young person in search of health care, my goal was to find a provider where I felt understood. To me that meant someone who came from a similar background, was a woman of color, and would advocate for me and my health.

So, when I came across a Jamaican-American female gynecologist online, I thought I had found a provider that would be a great fit for me. She was a smart, middle-aged woman of color who reminded me of the strong women in my family. As I sat in the waiting room at my first appointment, I was surrounded by mothers and young women of color who shared similar experiences to mine. It felt right. At the time, I didn’t realize that there were other factors to think about when choosing a provider.

Through my experiences with this provider, I learned some key ways you can tell when you need a new provider.

Your questions answered
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No, it doesn't affect your fertility

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patient-provider communications , benefits, birth control, health, myths, provider perspective, side effects

In my practice, I have heard from a lot of people about their worries and concerns about birth control. There are some really common misconceptions out there about birth control, and in celebration of Thanks, Birth Control Day this year (tomorrow, November 13th!), I want to clear some of them up.

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Why sterilization gave me a sense of peace that no other method has

In spring of last year, I finally got it: a referral to a surgeon to discuss my sterilization. I prepared my plea ahead of time: I’ve always been sure I don’t want to go through pregnancy and bear a child; if we change our minds, my fiancée (now wife) can have kids biologically; I have a bunch of kids in my life that I help care for already; and this would be gender-validating surgery for me.

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Why this hands-free birth control is so perfect for me

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patient-provider communications , benefits, birth control, IUD, periods, side effects, thxbirthcontrol

My journey to the IUD was a rocky one. By the time I was 27, I had tried various brands of the birth control pill, which I started when I was 18, but I hadn’t ever found the right fit. From forgetting to take it, to leaving it at home during a weekend trip, to having side effects including a low sex-drive and intense mood swings, I had major issues with that particular method.