I didn't want to take "the pill," so I tried everything else.

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

By Maddy Siriouthay, Co-founder

Birth control is tricky, and a (good) reason why it’s so tricky is because we have so many options. Luckily for you, I tried out (most of) those options. While all bodies react differently to birth control, I’m going to take you through the basics of each one, how it affected me, why some worked and why some didn’t.


As a first-generation, daughter of refugee-immigrants, I had to navigate my sexual and reproductive health on my own. To be honest, the term “navigate” is being pretty generous here — a more accurate description is like, I plopped myself in a row boat and started slapping my oars around in open water, hoping to reach land at some point.

When I got my first period, I went to my mom, and she said, “Oh. Already?” and handed me a pad. Years later, when I wanted to transition to tampons, I sat on the toilet for about 30 minutes and read the little booklet with the tiniest diagrams and instructions with incredible diligence.