JoAnna Garcia Swisher - It's Time to Get Real About Your Contraception

JoAnna Garcia Swisher
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I had the opportunity to interview actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher (known for her television roles on Reba, Better With You, Privileged, Gossip Girl, Animal Practice, The Mindy Project, The Astronaut Wives Club, and Once Upon a Time) when she decided to be the spokesperson for the Let’s Go There campaign. This campaign was designed to encourage women to be honest and "get real" with themselves when it comes to their contraception.

During our interview, JoAnna explains that she is, 

“Extremely passionate about women taking control of their lives and believing in themselves! Growing up the daughter of an OB/GYN, women's health issues have always been a priority for me. Contraception is one of the most important health decisions we as women make.”

Being able to use contraception represents empowerment to women. With the invention of the pill (and then additional hormonal contraception thereafter), women finally have the ability to control their fertility and take charge of their lives. As Elaine Tyler May points out in her book, America and the Pill, it is women who have been responsible for the success of the pill... from its inventors, to the scores of women who volunteered for the early, risky clinical trials, to all the women who currently use the pill. Women demanded more -- and these demands directly led to today’s safer formulations of the pill.

In our "get real" interview, JoAnna Garcia Swisher further explained that,

“Contraception represents the opportunity for women today to plan for their futures tomorrow. And even beyond that it’s about taking control of your life, building an open dialogue with your doctor and making you and your health a priority.”

She encourages women to get real about their feelings. If you are not satisfied with your contraception, it is your right to find a contraceptive method that works for you and not settle for one that you're not happy with. When choosing a new method, you should do your research. This way, you can make an informed decision.

JoAnna also suggests,

“Don't be afraid to ask for what you need! Listen to your instincts! If you have a real conversation with yourself about what you want and need out of your birth control method, you’ll be that much more prepared to have one with your doctor.”

Then, it is important that you speak with your doctor about your feelings and needs. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about the birth control options that you are thinking about. When you change birth control, your new method should fit with your lifestyle and meet your individual needs. Together, with your doctor, you need to discuss what feels comfortable to you, and what you want from your new birth control method.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher offers some final thoughts on deciding whether or not to change your contraception,

“Treat your health the way you treat other areas of your life. Don’t just keep going with what you’ve always used. For me, it’s been important that my birth control has changed and evolved as my life and needs have. My dad always told me to keep my health at the top of mind and never settle, and that is certainly the advice I’d give to others. Be proactive. Ladies, take control and make your sexual health a priority.”


Swisher, JoAnna Garcia. Personal interview. 7 June 2011.

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