I was only back a day on U.S. soil – after nearly 5 weeks of intense travel – when I realized how much I missed COLOR, my social justice community in the U.S., and felt ready to return to work. Not just ready, but excited to bring back renewed leadership and vision. I had this realization while driving for the first time in over five weeks and listening to a song that was moving my heart. My eyes welled with tears experiencing this moment.
Like many other women, I have health restrictions when it comes to taking certain types of hormonal contraceptives. While any form of protection is better than none, as a young woman, I felt wary knowing that in terms of birth control: I could do better. As a graduate student, I began working at a family planning clinic, and after being exposed to so much discussion about long-acting reversible contraception—LARC—I never looked back. I now have the implant, an option that is safe in terms of my health needs, and feel that at 23 years old, I am in full control of my reproductive future.