Yesterday, I heard a promotion for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I mostly tuned it out, except when I heard Bruce Jenner’s voice clearly upset over finding birth control pills in his 15-year-old daughter’s room. That got me thinking, 15 can’t be too young to be on the pill, can it?
My first thought was, “no.” I was on the pill by then, but not because I was having sex. Many girls go on the pill for reasons other than preventing pregnancies, like to help control their periods or reduce acne. The thing is, birth control is like shaving your legs: once you start, it’s hard to stop.
So what about girls younger than 15?
Girls can get their periods as young as 10-years-old now. There aren’t any other options besides birth control to help with menstruation, so should they be allowed to go on it? According to Dr. Orli R. Etingin, of the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, long-term medical repercussions from birth control are extremely unlikely. But, is it appropriate to put children on birth control?
Tell me what you think, Lovelies. Should girls go on the pill as soon as they need it, despite their age? Does this affect when girls start having sex? How old were you when you went on the pill?