Why are Women Ambivalent about Contraception?

Holy Hormones Journal:

I think the author has answered her own question – she just needs to look harder. However, once again the blame is laid (no pun intended) on women, while once again BCP or condomnot inviting men into the conversation. Ms. Kale asks why women are educated, professional women in their late 20’s and early 30’s taking the ultimate risk by not using the birth control? Precisely because they are educated; they are professional and they were put on birth control in their teens and early 20’s and experienced mental, emotional and physical changes they and their partners were not comfortable with.  Why are we calling women’s choices ‘risky’ behavior?  The birth control movement is the largest uncontrolled experiment in the history of medicine. You do not see a  pill on the market for men – right?

The generational effects of synthetic hormones (steroids) are beginning to take hold in younger and younger women with hormone imbalance related issues like anxiety, depression, unusual hair growth, weight gain… not to mention cancer.  New birth control methods on the market are actually taking away women’s control of their fertility and their ability to have a choice over to stay on a certain method or not. You have to go see a doctor for permission (RX) to get birth control and then go back to get permission to get the device out of your arm or uterus. And the push for longer acting methods like Bill Gates microchip with synthetic hormones that will last for 16 years. We better wake up – before we become steroid zombies.

Has contraception gone out of fashion?

The Telegraph
By Sirin Kale
8:00AM BST 08 Jun 2014

Taking the morning after pill three times in three months. Apps that tell you when you’re fertile. The withdrawal method. Why are educated women taking the ultimate risk?

When the contraceptive pill was launched in Britain in 1961, it changed women’s sex lives forever. The Pill, and contraception in general, is now a default part of most birth-control-feature_tp3-feature-single-threewomen’s lives in this country. Things should be straightforward. And yet, five decades on from the Pill’s arrival, things have in fact become more complicated. Why is it, in an age of so much choice, that women are feeling more ambivalent than ever about contraception?

Take five women of varying child-bearing age who don’t want children. How many of them do you think use regular contraception? A recent British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) survey of 150,000 women found that a third of women reported not using any contraception at all. Of these women, the largest proportion not using contraception were in their thirties and forties (ironically, it was the women aged 15 to 24 who were the most sensible). In fact, it’s women we often assume should “know better” – middle-class women with degrees and mortgages – who are throwing caution to the wind. The reasons seem to be a mix of apathy, ignorance and anxiety (particularly surrounding the Pill and its side effects), but one thing is clear: in an age when you’d think “being careful” would be a given, a shocking number of women are not.

I consider myself to be a rational, risk-averse, well-educated woman. I’ve come a long way since those early days of reading agony-aunt columns and practising French kissing on a pillow in my bedroom. As a 24-year-old, Oxbridge-educated student, with bookshelves full of feminist literature and a fair amount of sexual activity behind me, I should be able to exercise some common sense when it comes to my sex life. But I didn’t.

For a whole year I had regular sex with my boyfriend, and we never once used contraception, despite parenthood not being remotely on our agenda. We opted for the withdrawal method – a laughably antiquated “method”, but a popular one among my peers. Most of my friends have a tricky relationship with contraception. No one likes condoms. Condoms are a passion-killer, especially when you’re young and spontaneous. Most of us are afraid of the side effects of the Pill, but are too scared to try some of the newer hormonal contraceptives. So that often leaves you with the withdrawal method.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.