using a method of birth control that requires you to take it every day/every month/whatever and are bad at being organized and remembering things like me??
this site has this awesome birth control reminder thing that can send you a text or email to remind you to take your pill, or take out/put in your Nuvaring, or put on your patch, or set an appointment for your shot, or re-fill your perscription
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bringing this back around :)
So I went to the clinic at my school yesterday and I discovered that I can get on The Pill for as little as $9 per month. I am quite excited.
Bradley University, Ill.: Romney says people should vote “for the other guy” if they want “free stuff” like female contraception.
I guess Romney doesn’t understand rule number one about college: FREE STUFF IS KING. Seriously - if you want people to show at your event, you offer free food, or free t-shirts, or something that is free. COLLEGE KIDS WANT “FREE STUFF” ESPECIALLY CONTRACEPTION.
So, to re-cap, Mitt Romney is against everything college kids hold dear: free stuff and the ability to have sex without fear of pregnancy. Good work, Mittens.
Supporters contend the bill (LB461) simply gives health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and counselors, the right to follow their consciences.
Pharmacists, for example, would not be required to provide birth control pills or a morning-after pill or to refer patients to another pharmacy.
Opponents say the measure would open up a Pandora’s box of problems far beyond abortion or birth control.
Omaha Sen. Pete Pirsch named the measure his priority bill in late February, giving it some chance of debate on the floor of the Legislature if it gets out of Judiciary Committee.
Yet another state trying to make it legal to refuse medical services for “moral” reasons. Ugh.
So far it’s still in committee, so +1 to Nebraska.
If your chosen profession requires you to do things that are against your morals, maybe you should choose another profession, instead of stamping your feet and refusing to do your job.
This is hormonal birth control.
As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you are doing that day.
Hormonal birth control can be used to treat a lot of different diseases, like anemia caused by excessive menstruation. It is a prescription medication that can cost around $15-50 a month. Because it is a prescription medication, it should be covered by insurance, as it treats legitimate health problems.
This is Viagra.
It, too, can treat legitimate health problems like altitude sickness and pulmonary hypertension, but it is usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Unlike the Pill, Viagra is taken every time you want to have sex. A lot of health insurance companies cover Viagra, so it costs about as much as your co-pay.
This is a condom.
It is not a prescription medication, and has no health benefits (besides the prevention of STIs and pregnancy). Like Viagra, you must use one before you have sex: indeed, before each sex act. They cost about a dollar per condom.
This is Sandra Fluke.
She testified before a small, Democrat-led hearing after she was cut out of the actual birth control/insurance discussion. Her testimony was about a friend of hers who, because her insurance did not cover birth control, lost an ovary due to an ovarian cyst.
This somehow translates into “I, myself, personally, am having so much sex I can’t afford birth control, and so I want the government to pay for it.”
This is wrong for multiple reasons.
- It was about a friend, not her. To say her testimony was about her personally is factually incorrect.
- Sex had nothing to do with the testimony - her friend lost an ovary because of medical condition that was left untreated. A medical condition that was completely treatable, but wasn’t, because her insurance wouldn’t cover it. To say that her testimony was about her being “a slut” or “a prostitute” is factually incorrect.
- Even if she was having loads of sex, she would still only have one pill a day, not one pill per sex act, so to say “I’m having so much sex I can’t afford birth control” is completely erroneous. The Pill is not Viagra or condoms. To say that she is such “a slut” that she constantly needs more pills is factually incorrect.
- The current political debate is not “should the government pay for birth control?” The debate is “should insurance companies, that people and their employers pay for, on their own, be required to cover birth control?” To say that Sandra Fluke wants the government to pay for her birth control is factually incorrect.
- Religious organizations do not want to have birth control covered by their insurance, even for employees not of their faith, even if their employees never actually use their insurance to cover birth control. By this logic, they should also not pay their employees, because they could use that money to pay for birth control out of pocket. To say that this issue is about religious freedom and not about women’s health is disingenuous, as Ms. Fluke’s testimony demonstrates.
Hopefully this makes things a little clearer.
- Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” can cost $1,210 per year without health insurance.
- Women of reproductive age spend 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care costs than do men, in part because of contraceptive costs.
- Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
- Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
- More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
- Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.
Dear anti-contraception pro-life crowd, you do not have an argument.
Rush Limbaugh, on law student Sandra Fluke, who was denied the ability to testify before the all-male panel considering contraceptive coverage.
As ThinkProgress states: “While it’s probably not even worth engaging with Limbaugh on the facts, Fluke’s testimony was about a friend who is a lesbian and needed birth control for non-sexual medical reasons, so he’s only wrong about three times over, and offensive many more times over than that.”
Need we discuss Limbaugh getting caught with Viagra that wasn’t even his? No? How about pointing out that with birth control, it doesn’t matter how much sex you have — taking one pill is enough to prevent pregnancy?
Or how about he’s a misogynistic pig? Is that ok?
What does it say about Rush Limbaugh that he talks about legitimate health issues like they’re any of his business? That he’s a raging bag of shit.
Oh, I rather like this.
Huge disconnect between some religious teachings and reality - regardless of race, age, or religion, virtually every American woman who’s had sex has also used some form of birth control - reference
Father Frank Pivone, “Why we’re suing over the HHS birth control mandate”
So here’s the funny part: you’d only be paying for this stuff if one of your employees wanted it. The only reason a pro-life organization would end up subsidizing EVIL BIRTH CONTROL is if one of their employees filled a prescription for birth control.
If everyone in your organization is agreed that all forms of birth control are out of the question, this law won’t affect you. Unless, of course, there are hypocrites in the pro-life movement?
Pfizer said on Tuesday it was recalling about a million packets of birth control pills in the United States because they may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.
“As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy,” according to a Pfizer statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
Pfizer found that some packets of the drugs had too many active tablets, while others had too few.
Oral birth control products use a series of 21 drug tablets and 7 inactive sugar tablets to regulate the menstrual period while providing contraception.
The birth control pills posed no health threat to women, Pfizer said, but it urged consumers affected by the recall to “begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”
The drugmaker said the issue involved 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.
The star of today’s Method Monday show is the shot, a.k.a. Depo Provera. Our favorite things about this method: It’s easy to use and totally discreet if you want to keep your birth control private. It may or may not have an English accent. And it definitely makes us think of Pat Benatar.
Want to learn more?
- You can see real people talk about their experiences with the shot in our Real Stories section, or on our YouTube channel.
- Some scary headlines recently raised an alert about a study showing a connection between Depo use and HIV transmission, but there’s actually no reason to think that shot users in the U.S. should be worried. That said, the shot doesn’t protect against STIs so you still need condoms for that!
- It tends to make your period lighter or non-existent. Which may seem weird but is actually totally safe. And, if you hate getting your period, potentially awesome.
- The shot tops the list of secret methods of birth control. Of course we think a perfect world would involve everyone being able to be open about their method of choice, but for those who can’t be, the shot can be a great option.
To use the shot, the only thing you need to remember is to go to your provider every three months—and we’ve got appointment reminders to help with that. And if you think going to your provider is an even bigger pain than the shot itself you may want to look into DIY Depo (yep, you guessed it—you do it yourself).
Think the shot’s got a good thing going on? Show your support by “liking” it on our Facebook Method Explorer and/or tell us about your experience in the comments!
Gonna get either the shot, or Mirena.