We were 23 and living together. We were healthy and employed.

After hating the physical and emotional side effects of several different birth control pills, I switched to the Nuva Ring. More than once, it came out without my realizing. When I learned I was pregnant, it was immediately clear to me that not only was I not ready to be a mother, but that the man I was with, while perfectly kind, was not one I wanted to be bonded to for life.

I wasn’t raped. I wasn’t in danger. I just wasn’t ready.

20 years later, I am now the mother of two young boys. BY CHOICE.