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A Pill You Only Take When You Know You’re Getting Laid?

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While there are many positive side effects from taking a once-daily birth control pill — no more heavy periods, no more acne, less intense menstrual cramps — the main purpose, as the name suggests, is to prevent pregnancies.  It is just one of many forms of contraception used by those who are not ready to have children.

Yet those on the Pill can attest that the potential for human error is high.  The Pill’s effectiveness is reduced if a dose is skipped or even taken outside a specific margin of time.  The Guttmacher Institute reports that 54 percent of women who have had abortions say they’ve used some form of contraception (usually the Pill or a condom), and of once-daily pill users who had abortions, 76 percent said they used them inconsistently. At last, there might be hope for the fair-weather BC pill user! Keep reading »

Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

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  • Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control “poisons women’s bodies.” Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL, BUT FOR MEN — have been squeezing his dick too tight and are cutting off blood flow to his brain? [Think Progress]
  • Homophobic school teacher Diana Medley has been suspended after lobbying for an LGBTQ-free prom. [Feministing]
  • Arkansas’s House of Representatives has advanced a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother is at risk. The original version of this bill would have banned abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable, around roughly six weeks of pregnancy. [Salon]
  • House Republicans introduced their own version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips protections for LGBTQ victims. EYE ROLL. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Pregnant Mexican Girl Is Older Than Previously Thought, Outfitted With Birth Control From Doctors

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  • Recently it was reported that a nine-year-old girl had given birth in Mexico. Now her parents are claiming she is 12- or 13-years-old, which is still horrific, and that she was impregnated by her 44-year-old stepfather, not a 17-year-old neighbor as originally reported. But perhaps what’s most offensive about this story is that doctors at the hospital where the girl delivered a baby via C-section is that they inserted an IUD the birth control implant “to avoid another pregnancy.” The way this story is phrased by ABC News: “Doctor Raymundo Serrano, chief of gynecology at Zoquipan Hospital, and his team decided to insert a contraceptive implant to avoid another pregnancy.” He and his team decided? That should be the girl’s decision and only hers. Also, nothing against teens having access to birth control, but in this case the girl was not sexually active with her 44-year-old stepfather — she was raped by him.  What are doctors suggesting here? We can’t just go putting IUDs in giving birth control all young women so that they don’t get impregnated if they are raped. (Thank you to commenter @ReginaRey for the link.) [Update: This post has been corrected — the IUD is inserted in the uterus, while the birth control implant, which is what these doctors used, is implanted in the skin.] [ABC News]
  • In happier news, Illinois’ state Senate has advanced the same-sex marriage bill! It is now headed to the Illinois House of Representatives. [Queerty]

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The Soapbox: Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control Are B.S.

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This essay was published with permission from Gender-Focus.

My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you.) Everyone’s heart is in the right place, I can only assume. People think they are telling us new information that will keep us from making what they perceive to be a mistake. I get that they’re trying to help. But we continually find ourselves defending this very personal decision to total strangers. So to keep myself from screaming, I’m going to outline why the condescension disguised as concern is totally unfounded. Trust us. We’ve thought it through. Keep reading »

Obama Changes Health Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control For Religious Employers

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The Obama administration released new details this morning about which religious employers will be exempt from covering the cost of birth control under health care reform — which the Associated Press describes as a “broader opt-out.”

The Health and Human Services Department announced this morning that businesses which object must “self-certify that they are non-profits with religion as a core part of their mission,” according to The Huffington Post. For example, you can’t just object to covering women’s preventative care if you are, for example, a religious Catholic who objects to birth control and also happens to employ people working at a nonprofit animal shelter. Additionally, if a religious nonprofit refuses to provide coverage of contraception, a third-party health insurer must handle the coverage for women who want it. Keep reading »

I Have … Blood Clots

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Not only is Hillary Clinton creating a frenzy of 2016 election speculation and my favorite internet memes, but she’s also brought blood clots into the media spotlight. While the buzz has gone down, and you rarely hear commentators on CNN analyzing deep leg thrombosis anymore, the incident stuck with me. I, too, have blood clots.

In April of 2012, an unusual set of symptoms put my dear Bubbe, a retired oncology nurse, into a strange panic. She demanded daily, “Go see a doctor!”, as she was increasingly worried about my high fever, swollen glands and other symptoms that were unbeknownst to me as signs of lymphoma.

I, of course, remained completely ignorant of what my illness could be, only calling the doctor to avoid incessant nudging that had now spread to my mother. You’ll do anything promptly at the urging of two Jewish women.

It was only when my doctor told my grandmother it was not what she feared that I finally realized what all the fuss was about. I burst into tears and exhaled a sigh of relief all in the span of about five minutes in the waiting room, before I was strapped in for a series of precautionary blood tests. Keep reading »

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Calls For Birth Control Over-The-Counter

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Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off.

That idea makes sense. However, Jindal’s advocacy seems less about the principle of women’s reproductive rights and more about being butthurt that Democrats were able to use Republicans’ own words and beliefs to bludgeon them in the last election on the women’s rights issue.

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How Does The Morning-After Pill Work? Let’s Find Out!

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  • Here’s a cute video from AsapSCIENCE that explains to you how the Plan B morning-after pill works. [The Mary Sue]
  • A California judge has blocked a ban on so-called “gay reparative therapy” for LGBTQ youth, which claims to turn gay people straight, because he claimed it is “free speech.” [Mommyish]
  • Blogger Amanda Hess on why it doesn’t matter to her if celebs like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift don’t identify as feminists. [Slate]
  • On the sports world’s indifference towards domestic violence. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Pediatricians Urged To Discuss, Prescribe Emergency Contraception To Teens

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Pediatricians should discuss emergency contraception with their teenaged patients and even write advance prescriptions, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended earlier this week. The morning-after pill should be taken 120 hours after unprotected sex, but is more effective the sooner it is taken. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost 90 percent more effective than saying “No babies no babies no babies!” three times fast. Advance prescriptions, the AAP, explained, would help prevent teen pregnancies and put MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” franchise out of business.  Keep reading »

OB-GYNs Recommend The Pill Be Available Over-The-Counter

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Birth control pills should be available over the counter without a prescription, the American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended yesterday. Keep reading »

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