By: Cheyenne Petitpas

As someone who wrote a 20 page essay arguing the morality and legality of abortion, it’s odd that I waited nearly 19 years of my life to finally visit a Planned Parenthood office.

I had been taking birth control pills for a while, but I’m very forgetful and tend to lose things. I decided it wasn’t the best option for me, so I made an appointment to find that better option for me.

I thought getting a birth control implant would be much more effective than being on the pill. For those who aren’t aware, the implant is a matchstick-sized bar that is implanted under your skin in your upper arm where it will then release hormones into your body the way pills do. They last for up to four years, and you don’t have to do anything to make them work; they work all on their own.

I was a little nervous going into the appointment, but it made me feel a lot more comfortable having my friends there with me. The procedure went quickly and easily, and the nurse constantly made sure I was comfortable. The insertion hurt, but not as bad as I’d expected, and the nurse was extremely nice the entire time. The area only bruised for a few days and, honestly, what hurt the most after the procedure was taking off the tape they put over the wound. I haven’t noticed any side effects yet, but it has only been a few weeks.

I genuinely believe this was the right choice for me, and this belief was solidified when I didn’t even think about my pills until three days after the procedure; clearly I wasn’t in a deep-set routine with them.

Overall, I’d say the service was quick and efficient. The paper work was easy, and all the workers there were very friendly. The only issue I had with my visit was finding the office. It could be that I’m not used to downtown Kent, but the sign was small and blended in with the other sign, as well as it being hard to distinguish against the brick building.

Another brownie point for them: when I was leaving, they offered me free condoms. As a college student, anything free sounds great to me. Not only did they have a pre-packaged bag of them for me, they had a bin at the checkout desk where they let both my friend and I hand select as many as we wanted to take. It was nice and refreshing going to an appointment where I didn’t feel the need to hide my activities or feel ashamed for them.

Planned Parenthood made me feel like they truly are there to help people, without any judgement being placed on them. I’ve always supported Planned Parenthood, but after my visit, I’ve gained personal experience that makes me support them as an organization and recommend them to my peers and friends.