The supreme court claimed that the pill is used recreationally. Or to prevent the effects of recreational activity.
BECAUSE I FUKKIN LOVE GETTING HIGH OFF THE PILL AT PARTIES. I CHUG THAT SHIT FOR KICKS. I LOVE HOW IT MAKES MY BOOBS BIG AND FULL OF MILK AND REGULATES MY OERIOD AND SOMETIMES GETS RID OF ACNE BUT SOMETIMES MAKES IT WORSE
WAIT. SEX IS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY?
YOU GODDAMN BET IT IS
I WAS VARSITY SEX IN HIGH SCHOOL. I TOOK US TO STATE.
I LOVE PARTICIPATING IN COMPANY SEX ORGIES VS THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT’S SEX TEAM
BABBIES ARE NOT THE SIDE EFFECT OF RECREATION. THEY ARE PARASITES THAT CONTINUE TO TALE EVEN AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM THE WOMB.
okay. I am calm now.
FUCK YEAH I GET SO HIGH OFF NOT HAVING PAINFUL CRAMPS ALL THE TIME AND TREATING MY OVARIAN CYSTS
I LOVE TO POP THAT SHIT AT PARTIES AND JUST GET SO FUCKIN HIGH THAT MY HORMONES AREN’T MESSED UP ANYMORE AW YES
DUDE THE BUZZ I GET FROM NOT HAVING FUCKED UP SKIN IS HELLA RAD
SOMETIMES ON A GOOD TRIP I EVEN HAVE SEX WITH MY PARTNER EVEN THOUGH WE AREN’T BETROTHED AND HAVE YET TO FINALIZE DOWRY AGREEMENTS FUCK YEAH
Required reading today on why some hate birth control so much. This was revelatory for me the first time I read it.
Our biology reduced us to a kind of chattel, subject to strictures that owed more to property law than the more rights-based laws that applied to men. Becoming literate or mastering a trade or participating in public life wasn’t unheard-of; but unlike the men, the world’s women have always had to fit those extras in around their primary duty to their children and husband — and have usually paid a very stiff price if it was thought that those duties were being neglected.
Men, in return, thrived. The ego candy they feasted on by virtue of automatically outranking half the world’s population was only the start of it. They got full economic and social control over our bodies, our labor, our affections, and our futures. They got to make the rules, name the gods we would worship, and dictate the terms we would live under. In most cultures, they had the right to sex on demand within the marriage, and also to break their marriage vows with impunity — a luxury that would get women banished or killed. As long as pregnancy remained the defining fact of our lives, they got to run the whole show. The world was their party, and they had a fabulous time.
With that one essential choice came the possibility, for the first time, to make a vast range of other choices for ourselves that were simply never within reach before. We could choose to delay childbearing and limit the number of children we raise; and that, in turn, freed up time and energy to explore the world beyond the home. We could refuse to marry or have babies at all, and pursue our other passions instead. Contraception was the single necessary key that opened the door to the whole new universe of activities that had always been zealously monopolized by the men — education, the trades, the arts, government, travel, spiritual and cultural leadership, and even (eventually) war making.
…It was never meant to happen. It never should have happened. And they’re doing their damndest to put a stop to it all, right now, and make it go away.
(by Sara Robinson)
Please read the entire post. It is so so so important. Especially after today’s Hobby Lobby ruling.
I’m very tempted to start my own company and deny my male employees coverage for Viagra JUST SO I CAN SAY IT INTERFERES WITH MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
The Roman gynecologist Soranus is quoted “A contraceptive differs from an abortive, for the first does not let contraception take place while the latter destroys what has been conceived. Let us therefore call the one abortive and the other contraceptive.”
That was the 100s CE, which means we’ve known this for nearly 2000 years. So when referring to the Morning After Pill or to contraception (like condoms, birth control, etc.) let’s not be idiots.
The increase in glaucoma risk after just 3 years of using birth control pills.
100% sounds like a huge number, but consider:buying two lottery tickets instead of one increases your chances of winning by 100%. Very low odds are still very low even after you double them.
This is something to be aware of and it’s definitely better to have a wealth of options and a wealth of information about those options and their risks, but medical/scientific news that focuses on the percent of increase without mentioning the actual number before or after that increase are probably using sensationalism to drive a cause (or drive clicks).
Math time! In 2010 there were 2.8 million people with glaucoma in the US, that year the American population was 308 million thus only 0.9% of the population is affected by glaucoma overall. The rates of glaucoma have been relatively steady so the new case rate would be the same as the rate of death for those affected. Glaucoma doesn’t increase mortality so we can estimate the death rate of those effected by glaucoma using the death rate for the US overall in 2010 which is 8.38/1000 or 0.838% of glaucoma patients die per yer. That means overall about 0.0067% of the population develops it in a year or 1 in 307,979,364 people as a base. Meaning with birth control if you double the rate to 0.0134% you still only have a 1 in 307,958,728 chance of glaucoma.
Also that article is advocating IUDs, some of which ALSO USE HORMONES. And it completely ignores the myriad benefits of the pill, which the rhythm method and the pull-out method can’t fix (like ovarian cysts! or irregular periods! or legit like any fucking health problem solved by the pill!).
AHHHHHHHH! (via christinefriar)
wow it’s almost like preventing unnecessary medical costs with preventative medicine is a good thing
British Medical Journal Volume 307, Year 1993, 723-726
Natural Family Planning or fertility-awareness methods of birth control do work, but they are one of the less effective forms of pregnancy prevention out there. According to this chart, there are about 25 pregnancies out of every 100 individuals using those methods.
It definitely is something to get behind for those that can’t use other types of birth control for whatever reason, but it shouldn’t really be thought of as an end-all to the birth control/abortion debate.
There is much more effective birth control out there that many people would feel safer using and regardless of the type of contraception you are using, there’s always a small chance of pregnancy.
I was sure my first source which led me to this one reported of a 99% success rate, and considering the primary source was from 1993 and the source that reused it was from around 2003 that there would be some new research somewhere, but I’m not sure where to look for it. I guess I figured that if the data stayed consistent for about 10 years it was less likely to change.
I’ll be looking for more recent data
That source you cited (2007) says that it’s 99% with perfect use, which the source says is something you need to learn through a book or a workshop and track by examining your discharge and your body temperature (rather than by taking a pill once a day at the same time), and involves abstaining from sex during ovulation. Imperfect use puts it closer to 92.5% effectiveness, according to the article. Imperfect use of the pill is 98% effective.
So, to compare:
The pill is 98% effective if you don’t follow the very simple instructions of taking a pill once a day (and 99% effective with perfect use, aka following the damn directions), helps with medical issues like cramps and cysts, and allows you to have sex whenever you want.
The rhythm method is 92.5% effective if not done perfectly, does nothing for your uterus, and you need to abstain from sex regularly for it to work.
And I haven’t even mentioned issues involving pregnancy that only access to abortion helps prevent.
For years, there has been a plethora of birth control pills and other contraceptives easily available and extremely affordable in Iran, a country that boosts one of the most successful family planning programs in the world. It is only in the aftermath of cumulative American-led sanctions against Iran’s banking and financial sectors that most of these options have disappeared from pharmacies. Up until two months ago, pharmacists told me, there were simply no foreign made birth control pills available at all. Many doctors are wary of prescribing the Iranian-made pills because sanctions have made access to the raw materials required to produce them nearly impossible, making many of these drugs unreliable.
“In short, what is going on is that medicine for women has become increasingly difficult to find—all medicine for women, and no one talks about it,” said a pharmacist in Tehran’s Vanak Square.
Last week the U.S. Treasury Department, which oversees all American sanctions, announced that it was adding additional items to its general license for medicine export to Iran. The export of medicine has always been allowed under the current sanctions regime against Iran, yet there is still a severe shortage of medicine in the country. At this point, actions like this from the U.S. have become comical for those of us who travel to Iran frequently. Which bank is willing to make the transactions necessary for the medicine to reach Iran, given that sanctions have choked off Iranian banks from the world? Which company is willing to ship the medicine to Iran, given that almost all shipping routes have been sanctioned? The U.S. Department of Treasury can appear to be making a humanitarian gesture, but without making actual changes to banking and trade sanctions – which have been and will continue to block the sale of medicines to Iran – nothing will change.
And in the meantime, millions of women in Iran will continue to suffer the consequences of compromised U.S.-made birth control pills and the lack of any medications at all to treat the other gynecological problems they may have. American policy makers, who ironically invoked the plight of women in the Middle East to enact their wars in the region after Sept. 11, should know that their policies in Iran are quite literally making women sick.
The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.
Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription — and said it no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.
Instead, the pill can sit on drugstore shelves just like condoms, but that buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register.