Hi! I m 18 years old and my mom wants me to go on birth control. I do have a boyfriend and we are pretty serious and definitely are not ready for children. I m still a virgin but with how things have been between my boyfriend and I I m not sure how long I m going to remain this way. The thing I m worried about is what happens when you go to a doctor and ask for birth control and what kind of side effects I could experience once on it. Also I get really nervous whenever I have to go to the doctor and I have a phobia of needles so I m leaning towards the pill. What kind of exams and tests will they have to do? Will it matter if I have sex before I go to the doctor for it? How can I calm my fears?