Spanish women are generally depicted in media as caramel skinned, limited- bodied, sexy, shapely, and feisty. Personas like as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few example. When we hear the term “latina myth,” these women are the ones that come to mind. They have a thick highlight, a stunning message, and a savory individuality. Latinas are reduced to materials and have less potential because of this seductive, amazing myth.

In this article, 16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews at two federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, Maryland, explored their points of view and experiences using a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. Based on respondents’ language preferences, focus groups and interviews were conducted by a trained, linguistic moderator in either English or Spanish.

Three main themes emerged: Participants shared a desire and capacity to maximize their potentials through contraceptive firm, believed they were responsible for their families ‘ economic well-being, frequently anticipating the birth of their future children, and emphasized the importance of childbearing deferral in the achievement of educational and professional objectives. These observations demonstrate how crucial it is to correct latina stereotypes to enable Latinas to realize their full potential. Translating these results into successful, calm- centered counseling by family planning providers may support the aspirations of young Latinas and promote equity in health care access.