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Skip the stress, get your BC delivered

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patient-provider communications , birth control, emergency contraception, health, how-to, news, stis, technology, telehealth

Adulting is hard. Sometimes it can feel like basic life maintenance tasks like grocery shopping, showering, and making sure you’re not living in absolute squalor are a full-time job. And then to have to make money on top of all that, plus text everyone back all the time, and somehow stay hydrated? It’s a cruel joke. So it makes sense that it honestly feels like way too much to have to go see your health care provider to renew a prescription or to have to wait in line for 20 minutes at the pharmacy to pick up your birth control while people cough directly into your mouth. Fortunately, it’s 2020, and there’s a better way. It’s called (drumroll please)…telehealth.

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
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.

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.