posts tagged "birth control"
“Men’s indifference to learning about contraception and to taking any responsibility for it is a theme that emerges from many reports of projects that have attempted, and failed, to reach and educate men. One of the most successful programs of contraception education for men, a Planned Parenthood project in Chicago, abandoned its attempts to reach men over the age of twenty-five when it was found that these men simply would not participate, even when offered beer, sandwiches, free condoms—and “stag” movies. Instead, the project targeted a younger group, and as part of its research the project conducted a survey of over a thousand men aged fifteen to nineteen:
• These young men were asked whether they agreed with the statement “It’s okay to tell a girl you love her so that you can have sex with her.” Seven out of ten agreed that it’s okay.
• They were asked whether they agreed with the statement “A guy should use birth control whenever possible.” Eight out of ten disagreed and said a guy should not.
• And when asked, “If I got a girl pregnant, I would want her to have an abortion,” nearly nine out of ten said no, they would not want her to have an abortion. These teenage men agreed: Deception to obtain coital access is okay; male irresponsibility in contraception is okay; but abortion is not okay—“because it’s wrong.”
Largely because of attitudes such as these, one million teenage women—one tenth of all teenage women—become pregnant each year, and two thirds of their pregnancies are not wanted.”
—John Stoltenberg, Refusing to be a Man
Today, the FDA still only recommends Mirena for women who have children, and doctors still work to deter childless women from choosing an IUD. When one friend approached her gynecologist about switching to an IUD, the doctor told her that she had a personal policy against prescribing the method to women not in monogamous relationships—even though my friend reported that she understood the risks, has never contracted an STD, and always uses condoms. The implication is that some women are allowed to make their own choices about their reproductive health, and some aren’t—and only women who already have kids are allowed to risk never having any more.
Of course, IUDs aren’t for everyone. When the IUD was approved for childless women in 2005, usage rates jumped 160 percent. But the study found that women who choose IUDs still tend to be “older, to have public health insurance, and to have more children,” while the pill, the patch, and the ring remain more popular among women who have private health insurance and no kids. That leaves the IUD too expensive for the women who want it most and its use discouraged among the women who can actually afford it—and U.S. unplanned pregnancy rates some of the highest in the developing world.
In Kansas, your local neighborhood drug store pharmacist can now refuse to fill your doctor-issued contraception prescription, or any drug he or she thinks might be used to terminate a pregnancy, or be used in conjunction with pregnancy termination, all on the grounds of “religious liberty” and “conscience protection.” Not only that, but anyone who ”reasonably believes” a drug prescription they are filling or “reasonably believes” an action they are taking — say, administering a drug — might result in the termination of a pregnancy is allowed to refuse under Republican Governor Sam Brownback‘s new law.
The so-called “Health Care Rights of Conscience Act,” which curiously exists in several states under the same name (perhaps an ALEC creation?), applies to pharmacists and even nurses and doctors — anyone who is related to the process of pregnancy termination. The drugs could include both abortion-inducing medications, and even emergency contraception like the so-called “morning-after pill,” but also could include drugs used for life-saving reasons — the pharmacist would only have to trust their gut, not the doctor’s orders.
Americans are creating massive public outcries in favor of birth control. Translation: Americans are creating massive public outcries in favor of sex for pleasure, sex for reasons other than procreation, sex for sex’s own sake. Americans are willing to stand up and acknowledge that they have sex because it feels good — and they are creating massive public outcries when people try to interfere with that, or try to shame them about it. I don’t think that would have been the case twenty years ago. Maybe not even ten years ago. But now, today, in 2012, Americans are willing, and proud, and passionately eager, to say out loud, ‘I use birth control. I have sex for pleasure. I don’t want to have children right now, I may never want to have children — and I still plan to have sex. And that is a good thing.’
60 Percent Of Young Adults Misinformed About Birth Control As Abstinence-Only Education Flourishes: Study
Sixty percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 may not truly understand how proper use of contraception can prevent pregnancy, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, which reports abstinence-only sex education may be leaving young adults with a subpar understanding of sexual health.
After quizzing a nationally representative group of 1,800 unmarried women and men in that age group, the study, published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, concluded that more than half of the respondents received low scores on contraceptive knowledge, with 60 percent reportedly underestimating the effectiveness of birth control pills.
The quiz asked respondents to choose “true” or “false” answers for basic statements such as “all IUDs are banned from use in the United States” or “condoms have an expiration date.” More than half of the men and a quarter of the women received either a D or F on the quiz.
Although a majority of the respondents — 69 percent of women and almost half of the men — agreed they were “committed to avoiding pregnancy,” they seemed to question whether contraceptive devices such as condoms or birth control pills were an effective way to achieve that goal. A considerable 40 percent of respondents said contraception doesn’t matter because “when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen.”
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And get proactive in the ways we all can easily: if you have friends, partners or family members who you know or suspect have misinformation about contraception, send them to places they can get that information, like online at Scarleteen, Sex, Etc. or Planned Parenthood, or let them know that a sexual/reproductive healthcare provider can always give them a contraceptive consult if they ask for one.
YIKES!!! (I really hope that figure is wrong) What is wrong with this situation? Why are we okay with so many things in this country but we’re afraid to talk about sex? Sex is so natural but why are we constantly running away from it and its consequences. Sex happens. It will continue to happen. As long as we’re on this earth it’ll happen. So let’s stop hiding it and educate people especially young adults with facts and let them make educated decisions. They may be the wrong decisions but at least we’re not burying our heads in the sand.
I actually agree with this except in cases of rape I think the government should pay. BUT…it might have a rebound effect of some girls thinking they can pin their careless actions on guys who are truly innocent and consent was given. Really though if you don’t want the government regulating anyone’s sexual function…don’t have them pay for your stuff. Now with that said…I know someone will bring up meds. Meds and birth control are two differ things. Don’t try to blend them because you can’t.
KBURD. Get comfy while I explain to you why your argument is bullshit.
When Sandra Fluke talked about the use of birth control, she was referring to it as a doctor’s prescription for hormonal treatments used as a medical aid. Contraceptives deal with a wide range of health problems, rather than just a form of preventing childbirth.
Also, you decide for me whether this usage of birth control constitutes as being a ‘slut’ in your terms:
“Contraception when it first became available was a revolution in this country,” said Fluke. “It allowed women to enter employment and educational opportunities that had previously not been accessible because they were unable to control their reproduction in the same way. I just cannot imagine rolling back the clock on that progress.”
Did you think she was referring to JUST having children? Here’s what birth control- progestogen treatments, specifically- can ALSO be used to treat:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Amenhorrea (absence of periods)
- Breast, uterine or kidney cancer
- Loss of appetite and weight due to AIDS and cancerIn fact, if memory serves me, she was speaking for a friend of hers who actually does suffer an adverse health condition and needs birth control to treat it. If birth control is outlawed, guess what, they could no longer treat this condition, and she, along with the millions and millions of other women who need this birth control to survive, will suffer, and in alot of cases die.She is speaking in favor of birth control usage so that the women can live long enough and be healthy and active enough to contribute to their communities without any of these conditions to interfere with their lifestyles.And if you want the government to stay out of your bedroom, well, maybe you should talk to them about illegalizing Viagra too. That’s still covered by medical insurance, you can go take that up with them, too.So yeah. You’re wrong. Please, feel free to educate yourself on what the issue of birth control really entails before going around talking about sexual lives and promiscuity of other women (which, might I add, is none of your business to begin with).
I’ll add to this.
When we say that we want the government to stay out of our uterus, we mean that we don’t want the government to dictate for us what we can and cannot do with it. These are completely separate issues with the second being a demand for EQUAL health care coverage. Women generally pay 50-100% more than men for the same health care AND we don’t have something as basic as contraception covered with many insurance companies. I don’t want my senators (Rand Paul AND Mitch McConnell…) to come personally hand me my birth control pack every month. I want them to fight the insurance companies with me and help me get equal coverage. I want to be able to afford a pap smear. The government IS trying to interfere with our health care in the opposite way by knocking out services that help us afford contraception. Someone needs to work on their reading comprehension skills, OP.
Dear Planned Parenthood,
Today I was talking to my regular physician and they told me I am not eligible to receive any more birth control or general appointments until over $400 in fees were paid. The fees were from missed appointments, then late fees on said missed appointments. One missed physical is $50, you see, and I had missed several due to crippling depression and anxiety. Late fees were a total of $175. Without leniency, my physician cut off services for me and my family because we cannot afford to pay such extravagant fees for things like missed appointments.
I felt really trapped. I ran out of my birth control pill, last night, and needed a refill this morning. Being sexually active, this couldn’t wait, so I needed an alternative. I called the number for the PPs in my area, and the woman on the phone answered very quickly. She greeted me with kindness and a cheery demeanor, which I really needed because I was stressed out.
She helped me figure out what office had an appointment for me that day, what numbers from my insurance I needed to give her and was just generally a really pleasant person to talk to. I’ve never been to a Planned Parenthood before, so I was nervous calling and I’m nervous now as I get ready to go to my appointment. But if the people in the office are half as kind as the woman on the phone was, I’ll be fine.
Thank you for being there when my physician was being a dickhead,