It seemed like an odd thing to say to me at 15. With a curly bob and a generous spread of bulging pimples, I was in the low-risk category for an unplanned teenage pregnancy. But still, here I was watching my GP write me a script for Femme-Tab ED 20/100.That story was the same for my sister a few years later, who was also put on the pill to help with her skin. Then a friend. And then another. It seemed every second girl was on the pill before they left high school, and almost all of us had an alternative reason for being on it rather than preventing pregnancy.
Reminder: Pill. A notification I was all too familiar with, having received it at 6pm daily for the past eight years. Through high school, to graduating and moving to Russia, to moving back to Australia and changing my degree for the fourth time, the pill remained the only constant throughout my turbulent adolescence and early adulthood.
Since 1550BC, people have been trying to enjoy sex while limiting the possibility of having a child. Back in Ancient Egypt, they used honey, acacia leaves and lint placed in the vagina to block sperm. But we know that pregnancy isn’t the only concern – sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also a major risk to people engaging in sex. We wanted you to know what options are available to you and those you’re having sexy times with.