How do I talk to my friends about birth control when I am embarrassed to bring it up?
Topics like birth control aren’t as taboo as you’d think—especially around people your own age—and you mentioning birth control won’t be as awkward as you’d expect.
You may ask them if they use birth control for other reasons. Birth control is effective for more than just pregnancy prevention. It can help regulate hormones and help treat symptoms of endometriosis, acne, and other health issues.
Be as normal with your friends as you usually are—they’d probably research birth control further down the line anyways—so maybe bringing it up will help them start researching if they’re interested.
Mention things you’ve read about unplanned teen pregnancies, or just mention that you’ve considered birth control if that’s what’s going on.
Different situations call for different approaches, so just think about why you want to ask about birth control and let your genuine self take it from there.
If you feel uncomfortable asking, do your own research on trusted websites If you still feel uncomfortable bringing it up, don’t worry—wait until you’re ready or talk to someone you’re comfortable with.