Friday, October 14, 2011

10 reasons the birth control pill doesn't suck.

Read me.

I'm going to pick apart this article point by point because it's pissed me off so much.

1) Birth control raises your risk of breast cancer. Yes it does. But it doesn't double it. It raises by very little. It does significantly lower your risk for ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer though. So I suppose it's a trade off.

2) The Pill is sexist. You're right. Margaret Sanger did believe in the power of eugenics- but that isn't why the pill was created. A woman named Katherine McKormic was married to a schizophrenic and wanted to prevent pregnancy because she didn't want to pass on the disease to their potential children. She partnered up with Margaret Sanger to create the pill, and by the way, lots of things were tested without informed consent back in the day. It wasn't unsual for the times.

3) The Pill makes it harder for women to find a good partner. This is sort of true, but not for the reasons they say so. Ok. I don't know of any studies on the matter, but I've heard from more than one person that after they or their partner got off the pill they changed. They liked a different kind of guy, they liked different things in bed after they got off the pill, or they liked a different kind of food better.

4)Divorce. Uh, what? Excuse me? The study it linked to was funded and written by "Physicians for Life." I bet it's not bias at all.

5)Bad sex. This happens. Sometimes when a woman goes on the pill her sex life goes down the drain, but fortunately there is a really easy solution to this problem. Go on a different pill. This is one of those side effects you should change your birth control pill for.

6) Attacks men. Alrighty then..."Increase in confusion, violence, masturbation and homosexual behavior?" What the flying fuck does that have to do with an increase in family planning options for women? Why do gay men care about the pill?

7) Ends life. The pill does not end life. Most birth control pills will not terminate an early pregnancy. There are, I believe, some that will maybe. Progesterone only pills maybe? Not sure on that. But that is beside the point.
Let us have a refresher course on how the pill works. The pill prevents ovulation while keeping the uterine walls thin and NOT blood rich. Keeping the uterine walls thin and not rich in blood makes it really really hard for the hypothetically fertilized egg to implant- that's assuming you've missed a pill/your birth control malfunctions and you ovulate.

While I'm on the topic of this I'd suggest you google what it takes for a pregnancy to actually happen because it's kind of a miracle when it does.

8) Turns boy fish into intersex fish. Ok. so, by this I'm going to assume that they mean that artificial hormones are bad for the environment. No shit sherlock. But here is when you really need to think about how diluted excess estrogen and progesterone will be by the time it hits the toilet bowl.

9) Putting pressure on women to provide the birth control. The fact that modern american society puts more pressure on women to be protected from accidental pregnancy isn't the pills fault. It's ours. Wanna change it? Have your boyfriend pay for half your birth control(provided you're in a monogamous relationship.) If you aren't in a monogamous relationship and many people are benefiting from your birth control pill, then it's much harder to work out who pays for what- but if that's you then you're creative. You can work it out.

10)The widespread use of contraception has lead to widespread increase in abortions. Bullshit. Bullshit. Every single reputable study says that access to contraception lowers abortion rates. Every single reputable study says that access to contraception lowers unplanned pregnancy rates. Every. Single. One.

Editors Note:

I know I've defended the pill quite a lot in this blog post- and I think the pill is great for some women. However ,IMO, the best form of birth control for women is the Paraguard IUC. It's hormone free and impossible to screw up for the most part, unless your clinician fucks up putting it in.

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