The give information about all forms of birth control (it mentions not having sex, but not prominently, which I love), it offers a tracker to tell you where you can get birth control in your area, it gives real-life stories, plus a bunch of other cool things. I love this site.
“The holidays are upon us! Going home or getting together with relatives for the holidays is always a stressful time, but if your family members are the type who regularly protest outside the local Planned Parenthood, you know that this holiday is going to be a doozy. Luckily, we have some tips for surviving those awkward conversations.”
“Tampons can be uncomfortable and can leak…pads are not any fun either…[n]ot to mention that environmentally, disposable tampons and pads are a disaster waiting to happen. So what’s a girl to do? The good news is there are a lot of other options about there that are easier to use, more comfortable, environmentally friendly, and cheaper.”—Today on Feronia: an awesome guide of the alternatives to pads and tampons.
Well, here’s another twist in the debate over whether birth control is an essential health benefit. More than 1.5 million American women use birth control pills for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, a new analysis finds.
The nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, using federal survey data from the National Survey of Family Growth, found that 14 percent of pill users said they were taking the medication for a purpose other than contraception.
The pill users include an estimated 762,000 women who’ve never had sex. Ninety-five percent of them cited reasons other than birth control for their use of the pill.
Among the reasons for using oral contraception other than the most obvious one are reducing cramps associated with periods, regulating periods, which for some women can prevent menstrual-related migraine headaches.
Other uses include controlling endometriosis, a condition in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, and reducing bleeding due to uterine fibroid tumors.
Some women also use birth control pills to control acne.
In fact, the study found, most women who use the pill use it for multiple reasons. Only a minority — 42 percent — said they used it exclusively for contraception.
“It is well established that oral contraceptives are essential health care because they prevent unintended pregnancies,” said study author Rachel Jones. “This study shows that there are other important health reasons why oral contraceptive should be readily available to the millions of women who rely on them each year.”
The recent regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring every health plan to offer hormonal contraceptives including the pill, however, remains, controversial. Some religious health organizations say it would force them to choose between offering health insurance and violating their beliefs.
“I really do think that it is the great tragedy of American politics that this issue divides us so profoundly. It’s a very painful issue to talk to just about anybody with, and I think there’s a surprising lack of basic human charity when people talk about this issue, no matter what their position.”—On today’s Fresh Air, historian Jill Lepore talks about the early history of birth control, and the politics of Planned Parenthood, birth control and abortion. (via nprfreshair)
On Tuesday (Nov. 8), Mississippi voters will decide whether fertilized eggs qualify as “persons” under the law from the moment when sperm and egg meet. But while the law is designed to challenge Roe v. Wade and outlaw abortion, doctors say that the wording is also likely to outlaw common methods of birth control, including the birth control pill.
“The good news: some 82% of us are talking to our teens about sex. We’re consistently sharing our values about when sex is appropriate, and we’re working hard to help our kids distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Where we’re falling short is that we’re not concretely explaining how to prevent problems like unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Though the vast majority of the survey respondents had talked to their kids, more than a quarter conceded they hadn’t shared tips about how to say no to sex. And while 94% thought they could influence their teens’ decisions about whether to use condoms and other forms of birth control when the time came, only 60% had actually talked to their kids about different methods of birth control.”—Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood: Make the Sex Talk Specific | TIME.com (via ryeisenberg)