"Contraception is a woman’s choice, not her employers"

Story No. 588: Patient and Provider from Michigan

I am a 30-year-old Catholic, physician, and mother of an adorable little girl.

I started taking birth control pills when I was 15 due to painful menstrual cramps and continued through college, medical school, and residency until I completed my education and decided I was ready to become a mom.

As a family doctor, one of my favorite patient interactions is counseling women seeking contraception and providing her with her method of choice. I know how important access to contraception is first hand, and can deeply relate to my patients expressing a desire for this care. 

When I do this, I know I am helping her to lead a healthy, happy life. Contraception is a woman’s choice, not her employers, and we must support her in this decision.