Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Pandia Health Editorial Team
LifeHack: Don’t Skip Class Because of Birth Control. #PandiaBack2School
Back-to-school season is coming up, and that means classes are about to be in session! Being in college comes with so much freedom than ever before. It is a huge transitional stage into really learning how to become an independent and responsible adult. The freedom that comes with classes in college is that you have the power to choose for yourself not go to classes without getting in trouble for it. Trouble for skipping classes, however, can come in other forms that are not as direct as getting a scolding from parents. Consequences for skipping classes come in forms such as falling behind in material, leaving a bad impression with your professor, or missing out on participation credit. To get the most value for the money you are paying to be in college, it is financially smart to go to your classes, unless an emergency comes in the way.
For many people, getting your period can be enough of a reason to skip class. This is because getting your period can come with a handful of symptoms, some of which can affect your ability to work. In fact, 42% of women responded that their ability to do their job has been affected by period pain in a survey by YouGov. Period pain can make it very difficult to be attentive in class, especially for those suffering with endometriosis, a condition that may make menstruation even more painful. It is not uncommon to hear that people will skip class because of harsh period cramping. Skipping a class because of period cramps can be frustrating because it seems like something out of one’s control. The struggle of texting classmates for notes you missed or trying to explain to your professor why you missed out is too real.
Instead of skipping class because of period complications, you can choose to skip your period with birth control. #PeriodsOptional means having the option of using birth control to safely skip your period. This means no more skipping class or feeling unproductive because of period symptoms. No more cramps, stained clothing, embarrassing moments, no more tampons and pads. Less obvious medical conditions that can benefit from skipping your period are acne, polycystic ovarian cancer (PCOS), diabetes (less cycling of hormones = stable hormones = better glucose control), and anemias.
If you are looking for a birth control prescription, check out Pandia Health. Pandia Health is a women-founded and women-led birth control service provider with physicians that can write you an online birth control. It’s a simple, fast, and affordable way to access birth control pills without having to leave your house (or dorm).
For those of you who are already taking birth control, don’t skip class from making last-minute trips to the pharmacy. As college students know very well, it is very easy to procrastinate with their very busy schedules. It can be very difficult to find time to leave campus to go to your local pharmacy, especially if you don’t have a car. Since I didn’t have a car my first year of college, going to the pharmacy meant trying to coordinate my schedule with my friends’ schedules who had cars and also had to go to the pharmacy or just by straight out ubering there.
Fortunately, Pandia Health offers FREE delivery of your birth control to your front door for up to a year’s worth of birth control supply. Check out our first official mailer unboxing blog post to see what goodies come in the mail with your birth control. No more skipping class or other plans to make the trip to the pharmacy. #SkiptheTrip to the pharmacy and go to class. Sign up now for free delivery 📬
The above information is for general informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor/primary care provider before starting or changing treatment.