Maybe you do not remember when women fought for the right to have birth control – but I do. Why? Because I have read about women’s history. I am aware of the sacrifices women made to make sure that all women had control of their bodies – and the right to protect themselves from unintended pregnancies. Women’s history is so important to understand the big picture. What is really the motive behind seemingly innocent headlines such as the one below.
Here is a synopsis on birth control – thanks to an article I found from a 2013 article from Our Body Ourselves.
1873 The Comstock Act passed in the United States prohibiting advertisements, information, and distribution of birth control and allowing the postal service to confiscate birth control sold through the mail.
1916 Margaret Sanger opens first birth control clinic in the United States. The next year she was deemed guilty of maintaining a public nuisance and sentenced to jail for 30 days. Once released, she re-opened her clinic and continued to persevere through more arrests and prosecutions.
1938 In a case involving Margaret Sanger, a judge lifted the federal ban on birth control, ending the Comstock era. Diaphragms, also known as womb veils, became a popular method of birth control.
1950 While in her 80s, Sanger underwrote the research necessary to create the first human birth control pill. She raised $150,000 for the project.
1960 The first oral contraceptive, Enovid, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as contraception.
1965 The Supreme Court (in Griswold v. Connecticut) gave married couples the right to use birth control, ruling that it was protected in the Constitution as a right to privacy. However, millions of unmarried women in 26 states were still denied birth control.
1968 FDA approved intrauterine devices (IUDs), bringing early versions like the Lippes Loop and Copper 7 to market.
1970 Feminists challenged the safety of oral contraceptives (the Pill) at well-publicized Congressional hearings. As a result, the formulation of the Pill was changed, and the package insert for prescription drugs came into being.
1972 The Supreme Court (in Baird v. Eisenstadt) legalized birth control for all citizens of this country, irrespective of marital status.
Women fought for the right to be in control of their bodies. Well, the pill – although we may not like it is the last bastion for choice, along with natural family planning, condoms and spermicides and the diaphragm… not sure if anyone is still using the cervical cap.
There is a movement led by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to forgo the pill and to get women on LARC’s – long-lasting reversible contraceptives…. that are inserted or injected into a woman’s body.
The contraceptive implant and IUD are not only top-tier contraceptives based on their effectiveness (with pregnancy rates of less than 1% per year), but they also have the highest rates of patient satisfaction and continuation of all available reversible contraceptives. These long-acting methods eliminate the problem of inconsistent use common with other contraceptives that can lead to unintended pregnancy. Complications from IUDs and implants are rare, and both can be safely used by adolescents, including immediately after giving birth or after an abortion, according to The College.
Why would anyone want to shut down a woman’s reproductive system before it even begins to functions. That is what happens during the teen years. They endocrine system and all of its organs start developing their own rhythm to function and regulate the entire body.
And in my humble opinion, in that one moment she loses control of her body immediately. She needs to see a doctor to get the implant, IUD, or shot – and she needs to go back to the doctor to get it out – and/or plead for mercy because she is so miserable on synthetic hormones. She loses control of her body PERIOD. And ACOG has suggested this be done to girls in their early teens until they decide it is time to get pregnant. And what if her doctor does not agree? Women beware. This is a beast in sheep’s clothing.
What you are really losing is your right to have control over your body. And that is a woman’s most basic fundamental right. She loses that and she stands to lose everything else.
12 Reasons Why You Need To Get Off The Pill And Get An IUD Right Now
May 15, 2015
I remember the first time my best friend from college told me she was getting an IUD (intrauterine device).
As if this wasn’t enough to get her on an IUD immediately, she decided to hold off and first try out a NuvaRing. All was great on that front until it decided to swim out during sex, multiple times.
Awkward? Yup. Buzzkill? Definitely. So out went that Nuva Ring, and in went the IUD — literally and figuratively.
Many people get turned off by the idea of having a foreign object live all up inside them for three-plus years, but honestly, it sounds like a dream come true — maybe you don’t think that right now, but you will.
After struggling personally with birth control issues since the age of 18, I was finally ready to try something new.
In the past, I have tried and wrestled with eight different forms of birth control pills that f*cked me up in one way or another — weight gain, emotional outbursts, inability to handle anger and other emotions, mood swings and depression.
When my friend started bragging about her IUD, to the extent you would think it was a new lover in her life, I was obviously eager to learn more about the miracle she discovered.
As with anything in life I thought this was too good to be true, but after gaining 15 pounds in three days on one pill, I was like f*ck it, what do I have to lose by trying this?
And thus the relationship between my IUD and me was born.