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#3yeargoals with Dr. Christine Palmay

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.

Myth #2 – All Birth Control is the Same

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.

Myth #3 – Birth Control Causes Infertility
Dr. Palmay wanted to stress that this is simply NOT TRUE. A 30 year old is less fertile than a 16 year old – that is just the reality. If you come off birth control at a state when fertility is down then of course one more easily attribute this to taking it in the first place. Birth control can also treat chronic diseases like endometriosis and hide symptoms you may not have been aware of ultimately causing infertility.
It was so refreshing to speak with Dr. Palmay and I encourage you to check out her YouTube page here. If you have any questions please leave a comment below or message me on Instagram or Snapchat (handle: @lexniko).
Let’s end the stigma around lack of education and ensure that we are taking care of ourselves as we journey along our #3YearGoals.

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