When my father found out I started taking birth control pills in my teens, he was not a happy man.

My dad is a conservative Catholic, and so I grew up going to parochial schools and attending church on a weekly, if not biweekly, basis.

But I had a sizable ovarian cyst that had ruptured, and after considerable pain and other treatment, our family doctor prescribed the pills for some alleviation and to hinder growth of others (as another option at the time was surgery, an obviously less desired, more invasive and costly alternative).

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