News that Surprises No One:
Free birth control could prevent 1,060,370 unplanned pregnancies and 873,250 abortions a year in the U.S., according to a study.
Substituting the Morning-After Pill with Birth Control Pills
Someone asked us:
I was once told that if you can’t get the morning after pill that taking 5-7 days worth of the daily pill at once can be an acceptable substitute. Is that true?
Some brands of birth control pills can be used as emergency contraception, but not all of them. You can check out this chart to see what brands can be used and how to use them. (As a general rule, progestin-only birth control pills cannot be used as emergency contraception, only combination pills can.)
If you do use your birth control as emergency contraception, you should continue taking the rest of your pill pack as your normally would, but skip the placebo pills — your period week pills. Then continue on normally with the next pack. Your period might be irregular for the next month, but that’s totally normal.
- Nina at Planned Parenthood
submitted by magna-cum-nada
In response to an article published in a Puerto Rican newspaper, which described how clinical trials in Germany for an injectable hormonal contraceptive for men were stopped. Why? The side effects suffered by 1 in 10 men were too awful and consisted of depression, weight gain and acne… THOSE ARE EXACTLY THE SAME SIDE EFFECTS THAT WOMEN ON HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL SUFFER. Damn the patriarchy.
[Image description: head of a corgi on a pink and blue alternating background. Text above reads “no hormonal contraceptives for men”. Bottom text reads “Side effects are too awful: depression, weight gain, acne, wtf”. End description]
Back-Up Birth Control Emergency Contraception (by thepetecom)
The non-partisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on Tuesday recommending that birth control be classified as preventive medicine under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The IOM says such a change would lower the rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion, help women better space out their pregnancies, and spur a number of beneficial health developments for women.
This needs to happen. Many women can barely afford their birth control because of how expensive it is. How on Earth are they then supposed to afford a baby?
I’m currently in a fight with a libertarian over this very subject.