To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige

  • Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
  • Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
  • The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
  • The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
  • Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
  • Spermicide - [x] [x]
  • Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
  • IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
  • Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
  • Diaphragm - [x] [x]
  • Breastfeeding - [x]
  • Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
  • Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Abstinence - [x] [x]
  • Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled 
through the links given):

Dear liberal bloggers,

Today’s SCOTUS ruling isn’t just about corporations being people, and religious beliefs - it’s about once again basic access to birth control and and sexual health being held back on an institutional level. It’s about sexism, hypocrisy and classism. It’s about resources and privilege.

It’s about setting a precedent that will continue to tear away access to sexual and reproductive health to the working class.


Don’t just talk about the talking points that make you comfortable

anonymous asked:

Also, as a former employee of Hobby Lobby, and a female one at that-- did you know that part timers now start at 10 dollars an hour? Full timers start at 15. I wasn't even working there a solid year and I got a Christmas bonus check. The only reason I quit was because I was moving-- I'm eager to work for them again. Hobby Lobby pays you well, don't tell me that me and my coworkers need to be given contraceptives. We can afford it. We're not your propaganda machine.

  • Conservative:The constitution says I have freedom of religion and you taking birth control/getting gay married/having an abortion infringes on that right!!!
  • Pro choice people:Okay, but what about the part that talks about separation of church and state?
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  • Conservative:I just came out here to have a good time and honestly I am feeling so attacked right now

FDA Approves Plan B (One-Step) For Women 15+

U.S. regulators on Tuesday lowered the age limit for Plan B One-Step emergency contraception, approving it for sale to women* as young as 15 and agreeing it will be available without a prescription and on store shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters, Food and Drug Administration officials announced. 

The move, which grants an amended application by drugmaker Teva Women’s Health Inc., is a separate action from a federal judge’s ruling earlier this month that ordered the FDA to make the so-called “morning after pill” available to girls and women of all reproductive ages.


“Not the church, not the state! Women must decide their fate!”

Around 30 students, both men and women, protested outside New York City’s Fordham University Thursday evening for the right to have access to contraception. Fordham, a Catholic university, doesn’t distribute or prescribe contraceptives or birth control on its campus, according to its official health policy.

But it does offer non-judgmental counseling.

“It’s kind of just very difficult for women to get the medications that they need,” sophomore Kathleen Johnson said. Johnson says she has to go to a pharmacy in a fairly dangerous area to get her birth control because of the school’s policy. 

Officially, Fordham says it makes “limited exceptions” to the contraceptives policy if it’s for treatment of an existing medical condition. But according to S.A.G.E.S. Coalition (Students for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety), the group behind the protest, that isn’t true.

They say the health center refused to prescribe S.A.G.E.S’ founder with the medicine she needed, and eventually she had a cyst that grew and popped. 

S.A.G.E.S is pushing for the university to make birth control freely available and offer better sexual and reproductive health on campus. 

Two officials from the school who stood watching the protest declined to comment; the university also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Writing and photos by Abby Rogers; Editing by Danielle Wiener-Bronner


Remember this all you easily fooled young women out there.  No one in the Republican Party, or any other party to my knowledge, is trying to restrict access to birth control.  It simply is not true.  However this doesn’t matter for complete liars, like Elizabeth Warren, who make absurd claims that Republicans (the women included mind you) are trying to do so.

There is no Republican “war on women.”  It is a completely bogus political catchphrase to coax women to vote Democrat.

Here’s the rest of Ted Cruz’s amazing speech about the Democrats assault on free speech:

NBC News: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to put a temporary hold on a controversial provision in the new health care law requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Two businesses challenging the act – the nationwide chain of 500 Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores – contended that the law violates their religious freedom. Their legal battle is continuing over the merits of their claim. In the meantime, they asked the US Supreme Court to put a temporary hold on the law, which takes effect January 1, 2013.

On Wednesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from the courts where the companies are based, declined to grant an injunction.

With contraceptives, the morning after pill and abortion, not to mention sperm banks, no pregnancy proceeds with out a woman making a choice to have it proceed. Time to stop blaming men for pregnancy.

Manslation: It soothes me to pretend that no one is dealing with poverty, abusive situations, or lack of access to healthcare/medication/abortion services. How could I judge them otherwise? My superpower is being able to erase huge chunks of the population using only the power of my stunning ignorance. No one has ever been impregnated against their will. We ALL KNOW that anyone with a uterus and ovaries can spontaneously manifest a baby anytime they want; therefore, anyone who produces sperm should be able to fling that sperm far and wide with nary a consequence.


Heidy has eleven siblings and lives in extreme poverty. Their house is built in the outdoor corner of two other houses that meet, and form two of their inner walls. By adding two more walls and a tin roof to the construction, they have made a small home for themselves. The children have attended a few years of school and some are still going, but it is impossible for the family to pay for books, clothes and tuitions for all of them.

The other day when chatting with Heidy’s mother, we asked a little bit about why they decided to have so many children, they obviously cannot afford it. Her answer was quite simple: “My husband never allowed me to use contraception, he said that I would cheat on him if I did”.

Instead of trusting his wife and treating her as an equal, Heidy’s father chooses to not allow his wife contraceptives to control her sexuality. By doing so he believes that any unfaithfulness would be revealed and that will prevent her from having other partners. Of course he’s not seeing beyond the end of his nose, since she could have cheated on him any time she wanted as long as she used a condom with the potential other lover.

Heidy’s mother does not react strongly to her husband’s behavior. From her perspective it seems quite normal, probably for the same reasons that he does not think it through; it is part of a cultural pattern of controlling women. The result in this case is a vicious circle of poverty and abuse of power.

We continued to talk and it appears that after being constantly pregnant for 12 years, an American woman had come to visit them and managed to convince the husband that it was a good idea that his wife went through surgery so she would not be able to get pregnant again.


Myths and facts about abortion

There are many myths about the effect of abortion on women’s emotional and physical health. Here are some myth busters.

If you’re pregnant, for options and additional information

Safe, legal abortion, performed by qualified staff, is very rarely associated with any future risk to fertility.

Most women return to their pre-pregnancy fertility immediately following the abortion procedure. A small number of women have a delay in the return of normal menstrual cycles. We recommend use of contraception as soon as women resume sexual activity after the abortion. For more information on contraceptives, click here

Abortion does not cause breast cancer.

Around the world, reproductive health and anti-cancer organisations have rejected any association between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. This rejection is based on scientific evidence and investigation.

The majority of women cope well after an abortion.

Unplanned pregnancy does cause emotional distress for some women however, research shows that for most women abortion causes no long lasting psychological consequences. An Australian study, We Women Decide: women’s experience of seeking abortion in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania 1985-1992, (Drs Ryan, Ripper and Buttfield) found that women who made their own decision about abortion were likely to find it a health enhancing experience.

Studies do however identify risk factors that can increase the likelihood of a woman experiencing longer lasting emotional distress. They are:

  • Women who did not make their own decision;
  • Women who have been, or felt coerced into having an abortion;
  • Women who hold strong cultural or religious beliefs that abortion is wrong.

A consistent opinion has emerged within the medical profession and extensive searches of health and social science databases reveals that the psychological effects of abortion are benign or positive and that serious adverse effects are rare.

No articles found any evidence to support the term, nor condition, ‘Post Abortion Syndrome’.

Women do not use abortion as a form of contraception.

Abortion is a safe method of birth control and is used by women when their use of contraception fails or when available methods have not met their needs.

The majority of women experiencing unplanned pregnancy are using some form of contraception, however we know that:

  • Sexual behaviour is not always consensual or predictable
  • All modern methods of contraception have some associated risks
  • Finding suitable contraception is very difficult for some women
  • No form of contraception is 100% effective

Things women consider in making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy.

Women choose abortion to postpone childbearing or space their children. This decision reflects the value and seriousness women place on mothering. Some of the considerations they take into account in making their decision include:

  • their relationship status
  • the state of their relationship
  • the support they have from their partner, family and friends
  • the children they already have
  • their financial resources
  • their employment situation
  • their education and career prospects
  • whether they have stable housing
  • their age
  • their general health
  • drug and alcohol use before and during pregnancy
  • whether the pregnancy is the result of rape or childhood sexual abuse
  • their cultural and/or religious background

It is not women’s role/obligation to produce/supply babies for other women/men who wish to pursue adoption.

For many women the choice to have an abortion is because they do not want to be pregnant, or continue to be pregnant, or to give birth or to relinquish a baby.

It is not women’s role/obligation to produce/supply babies for other women/men who wish to pursue adoption. Women interviewed in the We Women Decide study who had adopted their baby invariably spoke of the pain and ongoing feelings about this decision and contrasted it with their lack of regret following abortion.

Remember the choice to have an abortion is ONLY the choice of the pregnant person, nobody else. Make the right choice for you, not the right choice for anyone around you.