Ashley Tisdale is advocating for reproductive health as she urges women to know their options.
The former Disney star shares that she’s not ready to have kids just yet. Tisdale is married to Christopher French in 2014 and has never given in to the pressure of having children after marriage. Now, she’s sharing her experience to encourage other women to take charge of their reproductive health, decisions and planning toward parenthood.
“Whether you’re traveling or you have work or education or you’re married and not ready to have a kid yet, there are options out there,” the actress tells People. “For me, it’s like, it’s okay to not want to start a family right away. People are always asking me about that, but it’s just not the right time. And I have options out there.”
“We are trying to inspire women to take an active role in decisions about their reproductive health and contraceptive options,” says Tisdale. “For me, it’s just about starting the discussion, having those conversations with your doctor and health care provider and knowing that there are options out there.”
“I have always been someone who likes to research a lot on anything that I do with my body,” Tisdale explains. “It’s about asking the right questions, and sometimes you might not even know what those questions are and that makes it uncomfortable. What’s great about this campaign is that there are videos and tools and doctor discussions.”
“Everyone is different,” she continues. “You might be like, ‘Oh, that works for that person,’ but we’re all so different. So really what I’m trying to do is just support women and encourage them to have the conversation, to feel more comfortable and be able to ask those questions and find out what the best option for you is.”
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