I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Christine Palmay last week and I am so thankful that I did. As I work my way toward my #3YearGoals (refresh from post one here), I’ve been more invested than ever in educating myself on all the facts and ensuring that all of my decisions are made with the proper research. Dr. Palmay obviously encourages us to make the best choices possible when it comes to health but with access to all of this information it’s tough to know what you’re looking for or that we’re even asking the right questions.
Today, millennial women have so many options and opportunities available to them that thinking about long-term goals can feel overwhelming. Whether your goals are focused on school, career, fitness or travel you need to identify any barriers you could encounter and make a plan to avoid or overcome them. And obviously in your 20s and 30s you need to consider how pregnancy might factor into those goals. Maybe you’re not interested in having kids or you’re just not right now, it’s important to talk to your doctor about contraception. Dr. Palmay was incredible to speak with and she helped me debunk three common myths when it comes to planning for your future.
Myth #1 – Unintended Pregnancy is Uncommon
Unintended pregnancy is a huge deal you guys. The psychological ramifications from losing a child are more difficult than one may believe and there is a massive underestimation when it comes to unplanned pregnancy. You have to make choices to protect yourself accordingly.
Birth control pill works but not the most effective form of birth control (I legitimately didn’t know there were varying forms of effectiveness when it comes to birth control). Travel, travel time zones, and happy hour bevvies are a few examples of things that interact with your pill and can reduce effectiveness. If you’re forgetful there are multiple options for those who may not always remember to take their pill. Check out www.birthcontrolforme.ca and these sites here and here for more information but always consult a doctor before you make any changes.