Bedsider: Demystifying Birth Control

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A few weeks ago, I was invited by Latina Bloggers Connect to review the Bedsider website. It’s the brainchild of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Ad Council. Bedsider describes itself as a “birth control support community”. How friggin’ cool is that?!?!?! To me, it really reads “empowering women’s sexuality support community – booyah!”

Being almost 31, I thought I knew a thing or two about birth control methods but Bedsider set me straight. I’m a little ashamed at how little I knew. As the mother of two daughters, I want to be their first resource. However, and I speak from personal experience, many teenagers don’t turn to the parental units for information about birth control. My own parents only gave me one directive when it came to sex – don’t have it. Certainly effective at preventing pregnancy but not totally realistic. I adore Bedsider so much, I can honestly say I hope my daughters have such a resource available to them once the time comes (after they come to me, of course -fingers crossed).

There’s so much to love about Bedsider.

  • Their explorer tool let’s you filter through 16 birth control options (I was shocked to learn there are 16 birth control methods available – I live under  a rock) based on your own priorities. My favorite filters? The “party ready” and “do me now” options. They’re wonderfully realistic about the situations women find themselves in.
  • Not sure where to get your birth control? The “where to get it” section let’s you search by zip code for health clinics in your area. You can also look at over the counter options available at most major pharmacies or retailers like Target and Walmart. They are serious about making sure you get your birth control where ever you are.
  • Want a little reminder of when to take your birth control pill? Need a nudge to schedule your doctor’s appointment for your next shot? The folks at Bedsider have you covered. Fill out the necessary information and tada! Birth control reminder just when you need it.

There’s a whole lot more to the site but that’s what I loved most. It was so incredibly informative. I spent a good two hours exploring the site and learning something new with every click. It’s easy to get lost learning when site speaks to you like your bestie would. It gives it to you straight and covers all the bases.

And please, please, pretty please watch the videos. They are honest and funny and such a great way to get firsthand feedback on birth control methods you might be considering. And if the confessional videos aren’t enough, their YouTube videos are a hoot!

Would love it if you helped support Bedsider. You can get behind a movement to help lower the rates of unplanned pregnancies, right? Read: let’s be cheerleaders for the Fewer Teenage Pregnancies Team! Get social with them via Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. And if you work with schools, think you know of an organization that might be interested in the wealth of information Bedsider provides or know of anyone who’s not so interested in having kids right now be sure to send them to the site.

And now I’m off to read more about the fertility awareness method, this mama’s personal choice for birth control. Two daughters, two years apart? Yes, we’re done for right now.

I was selected for this campaign by Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own. For reals.

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  1. Hi! I loved the website and the campaign. And yes, there was a lot I thought I knew and quickly realized how wrong I was. Loved your post.

  2. cute post. have all boys (who will still need to be informed someday), but love this campaign. and i didn’t realize there were so many methods myself. interesting site, thanks! 🙂

    1. While some people are a bit unhappy with the government’s call to not make Plan B and traditional birth control available over the counter, having two daughters I appreciate it because depending on the option, that’s a big change to your body’s natural state. Definitely agree a talk with a doc is a great idea!

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