Woman’s Ability to Control Fertility Good for Society – but at what Cost?

Leslie Carol Botha: Well, now – who was behind this article?  Feminists have been saying this since the birth control pills first came on the market in the 1960’s.  gty_birth_control_cc_111026_wgWomen in control of their fertility is key to relationships, work and society. However, the tables have turned – out right to control our fertility and the very birth control we fought so hard for is now in the control of the pharmaceutical and medical industries.  And the very birth control they are recommending and pressuring women to use is killing them softly – but surely.  Hormone imbalance – the silent epidemic.

Report: Contraception is good for the economy, everything else

A comprehensive review finds that a woman’s ability to control her own fertility is good for women — and society

Salon
March 21, 2013
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Women with reliable access to contraception tend to delay and space out when they have babies. And according to a new Guttmacher Institute review of more than 66 studies conducted over three decades, a woman’s ability to control her fertility affects much more than just if and when she’ll start a family; contraception plays a big a role in the financial, professional and emotional lives of American women, too.

In fact, access to contraception was found to be related to all sorts of positive outcomes in family, mental health, children’s well-being and general life satisfaction.

According to Adam Sonfield, lead author of the review:

The scientific evidence strongly confirms what has long been obvious to women. Contraceptive use, and the ensuing ability to decide whether and when to have children, is linked to a host of benefits for themselves, the quality of their relationships, and the well-being of their children.

But, he went on to say, access to birth control remains uneven and unequal in the United States, which means that women who are economically disadvantaged or otherwise marginalized don’t share in these benefits. Recommendations from Sonfield and the literature call for policies that ground “unintended pregnancy prevention efforts… in broader antipoverty and social justice efforts.”

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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.