contraception and birth control

Does peeing after sex keep you from getting pregnant?

Someone asked us:

I had intercourse and I am in my fertile days but I peed right after what are my chances of becoming pregnant

Peeing after you have sex doesn’t do anything to prevent pregnancy. When you pee, the liquid comes out of your urethra, not your vagina, so the pee doesn’t work to flush anything away.

It’s true that some semen might come out of your vagina if you pee (or even just stand up) after sex, but all it takes is a tiny little bit of sperm from semen or pre-cum left in your vagina or on your vulva to do its thing and fertilize an egg.

If semen or pre-cum get into your vagina or on your vulva and you aren’t already on birth control (like the pill, IUD, implant, or something else) and didn’t use a condom, then the best way to prevent pregnancy is to take emergency contraception as soon as possible.

Although it doesn’t prevent pregnancy, peeing after sex can help some people avoid a UTI (urinary tract infection).

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

It’s absolutely wild to me that people (particularly older white conservative men) don’t understand that birth control isn’t just for safe sex?? I genuinely don’t understand how you grow to be an adult human, with a mom and maybe some sisters and other females/people with uteruses in your life, and don’t understand that life threatening disorders and conditions are treated w the hormones in birth control???

I started birth control when I was 17. Not because I was sexually active (which would’ve been totally fine, of course) but because I was rushed to the ER to have an emergency operation on my uterus. The doctors told me that if they didn’t operate immediately, there was a chance I’d lose my ovaries. Even if they did operate, they said there was still a risk that I would never be able to have children. After the (successful) operation, I was put on birth control in order to prevent any more emergency surgeries or risk my child-bearing abilities.

I’m literally on birth control in order to be able to have children. And you’re wondering why it’s essential healthcare?

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history meme: 02/06 women | Simone VEIL

(13 July 1927 - . )  One of four children in a Jewish family from Nice (France), Simon Veil was only 17 years old when she and her family were prisoners of the Nazi’s at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen; her mother, father, and brother all died in captivity. This tragic experience gave her the courage to accomplish anything that she chooses to do.
She returned in France in 1945 and took up study of law and political science to qualify as a judge in 1956. She entered the Ministry of Justice to become involved in a number of humanitarian and women’s issues in 1969. President Giscard d'Estaing launched her political career by making her Minister of Health in 1974. As feminist, and as the first woman full Minister of the Fifth Republic, she pushed forward the two following notable laws: (december 1974) the law opening access to contraception and to information about birth control, and (january 1975) the law legalizing abortion, her hardest political fight and the start of an enduring popularity –and of venomous attacks against her.
Mme Veil also undertook to reform or tackle other health issues and the reform of social security. A popular but not populist minister, she noted that there is nothing more boring than an election meeting. She was a campaigner for women’s issues and for the “downtrodden in society” as well as a determined “centrist” moderate.
In 1979, she was the first woman elected President of the European Parliament since its creation.
In 1998, she was appointed to the Constitutional Council of France.
In 2008, Veil became a member of the Académie Française (the forty “Immortels”), the sixth woman ever to do so. On her sword, given to her as to every other immortal, is engraved her Auschwitz number (number 78651), the motto of the French Republic (liberté, égalité, fraternité) and the motto of the European Union (Unis dans la diversité).

So like. Trump is getting rid of the contraceptive mandate. From ObamaCare. And like. They say 99.9% of women will still have coverage for contraceptives. But 0.1% of women won’t. And that 0.1% of women statistically may seem small. But in a country of 300 million. With 157 million women. That’s still 157,000 women. And those women might include people who need contraceptives. But can’t afford them. They might include people who medically speaking need contraceptives. For reproductive system issues. And they might not. But the point is. I’m mad. I need to take birth control for medical reasons and no women should have to deal with the fear of developing uterine cancer bc their body doesn’t shed its uterine lining naturally. And they shouldn’t have to fear getting pregnant bc some politician with different moral beliefs than their own is allowing their employer to suddenly change their medical coverage. And they shouldn’t have to have serious, debilitating pain from menstruation. And they shouldn’t even have to worry about hormonal acne, which may seem silly, but it’s important! It’s important to a lot of people. Regardless of why someone is taking the pill, they should be able to. And we all know this is going to affect poor women the most. But like. Go religious freedom, Mr. Trump. Sure thing.

Successful male contraceptive gel trial brings new form of birth control closer

A male contraceptive gel has been found to work reliably in a trial in primates, bringing the prospect of an alternative form of birth control for humans closer.

The product, called Vasalgel, is designed to be a reversible and less invasive form of vasectomy and in the latest study was 100% effective at preventing conception. A blob of the gel is injected into the sperm-carrying tube, known as the vas deferens, and acts as a long-lasting barrier.

Previous tests in smaller animals showed the procedure could be easily reversed by breaking up the gel using ultrasound.

Catherine VandeVoort, of the California National Primate Research Centre and the study’s lead author, said: “Men’s options for contraception have not changed much in decades. There’s vasectomy, which is poorly reversible, and condoms. If they knew they could get a reliable contraceptive that could also be reversed I think it would be appealing to them.”

A representation of how Vasalgel could block sperm in a human vas deferens. Photograph: Parsemus Foundation