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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged birth control

Apr 9 '14
foryoursexualinformation:

plannedparenthood:

hellyeahscarleteen:

thismighthurt:

SAFER SEX UTILITY BELT TO KEEP YOUR SEX SAFER.

We love this illustration Izzy did for us so much, except for the part that now we all want one of these.  WE WANT IT SO BAD.

Umm yes please! Safer sex <3 

Can I have one of these please? I think I might need to make one :).

Cute! I like that dental dams and rubber gloves are included. I guess internal birth control, like IUDs and implants, probably aren’t so useful on a utility belt. Even if they are the most effective methods!

foryoursexualinformation:

plannedparenthood:

hellyeahscarleteen:

thismighthurt:

SAFER SEX UTILITY BELT TO KEEP YOUR SEX SAFER.

We love this illustration Izzy did for us so much, except for the part that now we all want one of these.  WE WANT IT SO BAD.

Umm yes please! Safer sex <3 

Can I have one of these please? I think I might need to make one :).

Cute! I like that dental dams and rubber gloves are included. I guess internal birth control, like IUDs and implants, probably aren’t so useful on a utility belt. Even if they are the most effective methods!

Apr 2 '14

heavenly-dew asked:

Hi! I saw your post regarding the Nexplanon and I am really considering getting it, but I've read a lot of reviews on it and it seems a wee bit disheartening I'm especially worried about the constant spotting, mood swings, and acne breakouts. I was wondering if you could tell me how it is working for you? Thank you!

My only complaint - and it really is minor - is the extended period. It’s like a real period the first 3-5 days, then spotting for another week. (TMI Alert: I rarely wear underwear because I’m lazy, and the spotting is light enough that I usually don’t need to use any menstrual products either. So, eh.) Plus, my cramps are basically gone, which is awesome for someone who used to spend Day 1 rolling around on their bed and crying. Seriously. Halle-fucking-lujah.

I really, really love that I don’t get mood swings or a dead libido (like when I took the pill), that it was so easy to insert, that it lasts for three years, and that I don’t have to remember anything for it to work. Oh, and the >99% effectiveness. I also appreciate that I can get it taken out at any time if I change my mind.

You’re supposed to give it six months to “settle in,” so I’ll know soon if my cycle will get back to normal, or if I’ll need to weigh the spotting against all the benefits. I’ll probably write another update in a few months.

The implant works differently for everyone. Someone I know can’t use hormonal birth control at all, so it may just take some patience and experimenting. You can check my #implant tag for more on my experience and others’ perspectives!

Apr 1 '14

What Catholics Talk About When We Talk About Reproductive Rights

forthecatholicgirls:

Recently, I talked with Catholics for Choice about reproductive rights activism. They sent me some information on the state of contraception and abortion among American Catholics. Just how many Catholics in the U.S. use birth control or support legal abortion? Check out some of these statistics:

  • 83 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a form of contraception that’s not approved by the Vatican.
  • Fewer than 2 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a birth control method that’s approved by the Vatican.
  • 69 percent of Catholic women have used the birth control pill, while nearly 90 percent have used condoms. 
  • In 2009, 63 percent of Catholics believed heath insurance plans should cover birth control. 
  • Nearly 70 percent of Catholics believe they don’t have a moral obligation to vote against a pro-choice political candidate. 
  • Almost 60 percent of Catholics support legal abortion in most cases, while 50 percent believe it should always be a decision made between a woman and her doctor. 
  • Nearly 90 percent of Catholics think abortion should be legal when a woman’s life is endangered, while more than 70 percent believe it should be legal when a pregnancy will cause long-term health risks and complications for the woman.

(source: Catholics for Choice, The Facts Tell the Story: Catholics and Choice)

Mar 28 '14

Anonymous asked:

Hi there, I had unprotected sex but my bf used the pull out method. My period is a week late, I took two pregnancy tests and they both came out negative. Even though it came out negative I am still worried. My bf says its stress but I am not sure. What should I do?

Hi, anon! The pregnancy tests depend on how long it’s been since you had unprotected sex. Pregnancy tests detect hCG, which starts being released once the fertilized egg implants in your uterine lining. It can take up to 24 hours for the sperm to reach the egg, and it takes another few days for a fertilized egg to travel into the uterus and implant.

The best/earliest time to take a pregnancy test is around or a little after when your period is due, which you did! And they were negative! So you are probably not pregnant. If you’re still worried, it’s never a bad idea to get a doctor’s opinion, either from your general practitioner or from a local women’s health center (just be sure you don’t wander into a fake one). One late period is probably nothing to worry about, but more than one may be a sign of something you and your doctor should know about.

One time, the month before I got my implant, my period was two weeks late. Two weeks. I wasn’t at risk of getting pregnant, wasn’t stressed, wasn’t sick, wasn’t on medications, no weight or exercise issues…nothin’. Sometimes, periods are just weird.

Part of being a responsible, safe-sex-having human being is making sure you and your partner are safe from STIs and unwanted pregnancy. There are lots of options for preventing pregnancy, so you can choose the perfect one(s) for you. My Nexplanon, or the birth control implant, is over 99% effective and is basically foolproof - I can pretty much forget about it for the next three years, and it’ll still do its job.

Bedsider and Planned Parenthood can help you figure out which method is best for you. The most effective methods are the implant and the IUD, but if you’re not into those, there’s also the pill, the patch, the ring, the shot, and condoms (which you should always wear unless you and your partner have both tested negative for STIs recently!). Effective birth control means less stress for you and your partner, and more time for the fun stuff.

Let me know if there are any other questions I can answer. Thank you for writing, and best wishes, anon!

Mar 28 '14

Anonymous asked:

I'm an 18year old girl, I've had two abortions. I'm finally getting my life. I'm going out of state to peruse my dreams in 2weeks. However, 2weeks ago i found out i was pregnant. i'm playing on aborting it next week. i've never regretted my decisions. but i feel so dumb for not taking care of myself and putting myself though this once again. i'm so embarrassed and shameful. I'm feeling down. I know i won't regret it,but I don't know who to talk to.. I don't know how to feel..

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

I’m sorry that you have to do that again. It’s gotta be hard, but you have to handle the situation as best as you can, and if having an abortion is the best decision for yourself, then we stand behind you 100%.

Try not to be too hard on yourself, maybe just reflect on your passed mistakes and try to fix them after the procedure? I’m not exactly sure what happened, but if it was a lack of birth control, maybe consult with your doctor or go to a sexual health clinic where it can be provided to you for cheap or if it was birth control failure maybe you need to explore your options of different types of birth control to help better protect yourself from other pregnancies. Another thing is, is if you think your birth control has failed, try and get your hands on some Plan B asap! (Not a lot of people know this, but you can take it up to 5 days after the failed birth control, but it’s way more effective to take it within the first 24 hours.)

Either way, it happens, to people who use birth control properly, to people who accidentally use it improperly (and some people don’t even realize it), or just being in the heat of the moment can impair your judgement, either way, mistakes happen, and as long as we try to better our situations and learn from our pasts, it’s okay. I hope you’re doing alright,and if you need anything else, we’ll be here for you. I know it must be hard for you right now, so if you need anything, we’ll try and help provide that for you. Stay strong love and I hope your procedure goes well. Positive thoughts and support will be sent your way! ♥ ♥ - Paige

If you need someone to talk to, Backline and Exhale are great pregnancy and post-abortion counseling lines! provoicesupportblog is a trained Exhale counselor, if you want to see what that might look like.

Not to go all charts and graphs on you, but…well, I’m gonna. Multiple abortions are not that uncommon! See?

This is from the Guttmacher Institute’s 2008 survey of abortion patients. The medium gray is people who’ve had at least one previous abortion, and dark gray represents those who’ve had at least one previous abortion and given birth as well. Life is long, and shit happens. You are definitely not alone.

Bedsider can be helpful in finding a birth control method that works for you, and you may even be able to get it for a lot less than you thought! The most effective methods are the IUD and the implant (I have one!), but there are tons and tons of options. And just in case, here’s a $10-off coupon for Plan B.

Mar 27 '14
"The Dalkon Shield was a single bad product that managed to spoil US opinions on all IUDs…Many patients—and even physicians—are still under the impression that all IUDs put women at risk for infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and perforation of the uterus. “We used to only recommend them to women who’d had children,” Kavanaugh says, “but now we know they’re perfectly safe for most women. The risks that the Dalkon Shield made people associate with IUDs just aren’t an issue anymore.”"

IUDs are amazingly effective birth control. Why are they shunned in the US?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that implants and IUDs should be offered as first-line birth control options for adolescents. Both are over 99% effective, have the highest rates of patient satisfaction, and cannot be used inconsistently - a problem with other forms of birth control, like the pill or condoms, that can lead to unintended pregnancy.

Mar 27 '14

rhrealitycheck:

Magical pictures of yesterday’s pro-choice rally outside the Supreme Court as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood argued against the ACA’s contraceptive mandate inside. From the top down: Kimberly Inez McGuire of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Dr. Jamila Perritt, medical director of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan D.C.; and Rev. Darlene Nipper, deputy director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Prof. Dorothy Roberts of University of Pennsylvania and the Black Women’s Health Imperative. More pictures and info here.

Mar 26 '14

prochoiceamerica:

Today’s Not My Boss’s Business rally at the Supreme Court in one word: awesome. 

Students. Health-care providers. Women. Clergy. We all stood together to say that bosses should get to impose their views on our health-care decisions. 

Mar 24 '14
Mar 24 '14

heavenslittlerebel asked:

If my insurance isn't accepted by Planned Parenthood, is there a way to know how much various methods of birth control will cost me?

Yep! Start on Planned Parenthood’s Birth Control page. There, you’ll find information on every kind of birth control, including the price range.

Check your local Planned Parenthood’s page for payment options. Most PP centers will not turn you away due to your inability to pay, and will work with you to offer you a lower fee if you qualify, or possibly a payment plan.

Bedsider can help you find free birth control, if you qualify. Worth a look!

Mar 23 '14
Mar 20 '14
ivettemonique:

Not that yall care but it’s been 6 months &amp; I’m beyond ecstatic #soliberating #nexplanon #girlproblems

LUCKY. I&#8217;ve finally stopped bleeding half the time, though I&#8217;m due for a &#8220;period&#8221; in a couple of days. Everybody cross your fingers I&#8217;m one of the 1 in 3 who stop getting their periods altogether&#8230;

ivettemonique:

Not that yall care but it’s been 6 months & I’m beyond ecstatic #soliberating #nexplanon #girlproblems

LUCKY. I’ve finally stopped bleeding half the time, though I’m due for a “period” in a couple of days. Everybody cross your fingers I’m one of the 1 in 3 who stop getting their periods altogether…

Mar 20 '14
If you live in the Twin Cities and are looking for affordable, long-lasting, highly effective birth control - well, it doesn&#8217;t get much more affordable than FREE!
Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, MN has a few free IUDs and implants to give away in the month of March! After sterilization, IUDs and implants are the most effective forms of birth control, with less than 1 in 100 users becoming pregnant each year.
Unfortunately, for uninsured or underinsured patients, the cost can be completely out of reach, which is why this is such a great opportunity. Click the picture to go to the clinic&#8217;s website, or call (651) 645-0478 to see if you can get one before they run out!

If you live in the Twin Cities and are looking for affordable, long-lasting, highly effective birth control - well, it doesn’t get much more affordable than FREE!

Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, MN has a few free IUDs and implants to give away in the month of March! After sterilization, IUDs and implants are the most effective forms of birth control, with less than 1 in 100 users becoming pregnant each year.

Unfortunately, for uninsured or underinsured patients, the cost can be completely out of reach, which is why this is such a great opportunity. Click the picture to go to the clinic’s website, or call (651) 645-0478 to see if you can get one before they run out!

Mar 19 '14
Mar 18 '14