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It’s no secret that I love long acting, reversible contraception (LARC)—I write about it, I own not one but three pieces of IUD jewelry, and I even work for a nonprofit that gives women all across TN access to it. The reason why I love LARC, however, is a little more personal.
For the past 3.5 years, I have been working towards a career in medicine. This has meant taking difficult pre-med classes (hello, Biochemistry and Physics), volunteering in a hospital, conducting undergraduate research (in computational chemistry, which yes is a real thing), and a host of other things to bolster my experience and application to medical school. I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude, started my first full time job, and took my MCAT—a brutal entrance exam for medical schools that clocked in at 7 ½ hours long. Yes, you read that right.
I chose a LARC method of birth control because I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor now, and wait to have babies until later. My life is busy enough between studying, working, volunteering, and applying to medical schools—it would be a whole lot more difficult to do all this if I had an unexpected pregnancy. Now, that’s not to say that it would be impossible. I have classmates who are amazing moms/dads and are on their way to becoming amazing doctors. I decided that delaying pregnancy is the best choice for me, and I am so grateful that LARC gives me the ability to do so.
I guess you could say: Thanks, Birth Control!
-Abigail at A Step Ahead Foundation