It’s time to start panicking (and IDK, actually call your Congressperson, maybe???)– this is how much IUDs and mammograms will cost without the ACA

All in all, the future of women’s health is shaky, and health data center Amino just gave us a glimpse of what it might be like. In a graphic that’s been going viral, Amino outlined the estimated cost of a Mirena IUD in each state if the ACA were repealed. If you’re worried about the future of reproductive rights, there’s still time to take action.

My current birth control method is making me emotional. Is there a method that won’t?

Someone asked us:

Is birth control just not for some people? I’ve tried a few options and I would almost “hulk-out” with my emotions, attitude and physically. I found myself miserable and angry at literally everything. It was worse than my menstrual anger too.

Some people have reactions to hormonal birth control that affect them negatively, but don’t worry — there are lots of options so you don’t have to put up with feeling like the Hulk!

Some people have more mild reactions to progestin-only birth control options, like hormonal IUDs, the implant, and the shot. There’s also a non-hormonal IUD that won’t change your hormone levels at all — it uses copper instead of hormones to prevent pregnancy If you’re looking for minimal side effects, IUDs are a great option worth looking into. They’re super effective and convenient too because they last for years without you having to do anything to make them work.

Take our birth control quiz as well to find out which birth control options might work best for you and your lifestyle.>> And you can go to your local Planned Parenthood health center to talk with someone about which method of birth control might work best for you.

-Julia at Planned Parenthood

Got my IUD!! I lucked out, and it just felt kinda like a particularly uncomfortable pap smear.

My gyno is a lovely person, and the process was all in all about as tolerable as possible.

The current cramps are comparable to moderately bad gas.

the thing about being a young woman is that they will take everything from you. and i mean everything. and they will make it about them. your makeup, your clothes, how much you eat. your attitude, your hairstyle, your gym routine. they will take your driving and your train stations and your video games. your sexuality as sexy, your gender identity as a fetish, your cooking. your tv shows and your high heels and every harmless thing. 

if they cannot eat it, if it does not satisfy them, it will be an immediate shame. they cannot control how much you put food into your body, so it is seen as disgusting. your love of starbucks is your vapid need, your comfortable boots are symbols of your inherent stupidity. your fake nails, your body’s natural cycles, the hair on you. bath bombs, pink, the low singing of women talking about depression. your crazy, your hyper, your laughter, your loud, your excited, your passions. the things which are yours, that do not belong to them, that cannot be taken and devoured like flower petals, cannot be sucked dry until the wilt forms in you. 

do not satisfy them. let them starve. let them shy from the sin of you, the unfettered sinfulness of loving taking up space.

Terrible lighting but entirely too excited that we all got to take home an IUD demo (this one is Kyleena which is new!) and uterus disk to practice IUD insertion (after the IUD insertion workshop we hosted!) Above technique is mine alone and not 100% accurate, do not try this at home, consult your doctor, etc. But this is vaguely what an IUD insertion looks like :)

anonymous asked:

There are many women that are against birth control and protection and all that, because it ruins the spontaneity of sex, and they have like 8 or 9 abortions. Is it really bad that I do not support such a thing?

Okay, I’ll admit that I laughed a little when I read this, because it’s so untrue. But let’s unpack it step by step:

First, let me state flat-out that nobody uses abortion as birth control. Abortions are incredibly expensive (usually between $500 and $3000), uncomfortable, sometimes intrusive, and extremely difficult to obtain. (Not to mention the stigma that comes along with having an abortion).

You’re right that some people think that using condoms ruins the spontaneity of sex (but really? 20 seconds or less? Come on). If we assume that STDs are not a factor (both people have already been tested and are clear) that still leaves us with the pill, the shot, the patch, the IUD, and plenty of other forms of birth control that are not used the moment before sex. Because abortion is pretty undesirable in comparison with prevention, people generally choose to go on birth control instead.

So really, anon, I don’t think you have anything to be concerned about. There aren’t many (if any) people who do what you suggested. That said, while you can hold whatever moral convictions you want, I will remind you that it is always, always wrong to deny someone their right to bodily integrity – no matter what.


Just saw a dude tell another dude he was brave for getting a vasectomy. Like, “Wow, you’re so brave.” 

Yes, congratulations, you got a form of permanent birth control that takes 20 minutes with a doctor and got to go home immediately and can get up and walk around right now. It’s not fun that you’ve got to ice your dick, but you can probably take a shit just fine.

Every single woman who has ever sought permanent sterility has to be put under full anesthesia and have three incisions in her stomach. Then, three cameras are jammed down in there so doctors can look around and make sure they cut your tubes and tie them in a square knot. Then, you get stitches, painkillers, and–at minimum–are on general bed rest for a week because you have three goddamn holes in your body with stitches.

And shitting feels like knives because you have three holes in your abdomen, and it’s common to have constipation issues after a full surgery, so then it’s like shitting double knives. And then you go back to work in a week, still sore, because YOU STILL HAVE HOLES IN YOUR BODY.

“But, Gayle,” you might be thinking, “what about long term birth control that DOESN’T require surgery. The implant is good for three years, and a hormonal IUD is good for five. And THEY’RE outpatient.”

You’re right. They are. You go in, you get them, you go home. HOWEVER:

When you get the implant, they numb your arm, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not a full numbing. You WILL feel a giant goddamn pinch when they staple that fucker in place.

And for the IUD? No numbing agent at all. You just have to hope the doctor or nurse jamming that thing into your cervix works quick and gets it on the first try. 

The pain on site after the implant isn’t terrible. A few days of aching like you might have overused a muscle. But the IUD? Well, after the white-hot pain of a piece of plastic getting jammed into your cervix, your body immediately falls into aching mode because there’s SOMETHING JAMMED IN YOUR FUCKING CERVIX. It HURTS. And it’s common for it to hurt for UP TO TWO MONTHS. It’s also common to bleed to some degree FOR UP TO TWO MONTHS. 

And, because we’re talking about hormonal options, you may not even know it’s a bad match for you until YOU START TO FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO KILL YOURSELF. WHILE IN CONSTANT PAIN.

So, yeah, a vasectomy hurts, but fuck you, buddy. You think it’s brave a guy GOT one because OMG MY DICK IS IMPORTANT. You have no goddamn idea what bravery in reproduction choices actually looks like.

Good news: Mirena IUD and birth control implant users now get 1 extra year of pregnancy prevention!

If you’ve got a Mirena IUD or birth control implant, rejoice! New research has shown that these methods prevent pregnancy for 1 year longer than previously thought. This means that Mirena actually lasts for 6 years (up from 5), and both Implanon and Nexplanon implants last for 4 years (up from 3).

This change is ONLY for birth control implants and the Mirena IUD. The expiration time for all other types of IUDs stays the same:

  • Paragard (copper) IUD: 12 years
  • Liletta IUD: 3 years
  • Skyla IUD: 3 years

The new expiration date applies to anyone who currently has a Mirena IUD or birth control implant, as well as anyone who gets them in the future. So for example: if you got your Mirena IUD in 2012, it will prevent pregnancy until 2018 (6 years). If you get a Mirena IUD in 2016, it will prevent pregnancy until 2022.

As always, if you want to get pregnant or stop using your IUD or implant before the expiration date, your nurse or doctor can remove it at any time and your fertility will go back to normal.

A round of applause to the medical researchers for bringing us an extra year of pregnancy prevention!

-Kendall at Planned Parenthood

Amazing moment at work today

Two female coworkers, K and H, were discussing birth control methods today.

K: So you got the implant in your arm? Can I feel it?
H: Sure, go ahead.
K (feels her arm): Huh, interesting. Hey Dr. Fanfoolishness, can I feel yours?
Me (eyes bugging out of head): K. I. HAVE. AN. IUD!!!
K: (fucking dead of mortification)

Oh man, I laughed sooooo hard… sidenote I have totally mentioned the IUD to K in the past, too. 🤣

anonymous asked:

I'm currently freaking the fuck out. Condom slipped off during sex and not on birth control. I'm a little over 400 pounds and my private insurance won't let me get an emergency IUD insertion bcuz I'm required to mail a form and they have to process it. I don't think clinics would allow me to get it since I have insurance and I can't pay out of pocket bcuz I'm financially fucked. All I could get was generic plan B so I ended up doubling the dose. Can I even get an abortion at 400?? I'm scared :(

Take a deep breath, try to calm down, it’s not yet time to panic!

Is there a Planned Parenthood clinical near you? You can check at this link here. If there is one near you then go see them and they can help you out! If you can’t get to a location, then consider calling them and hopefully they can answer your questions or direct you to help: 1-800-230-PLAN. 

so since donald trump might totally fuck up women’s access to birth control, may i recommend the iud

the iud is like a t shaped device that they put up in your uterus they have strings attached to them that you can feel if you stick your fingers up in your vagina, they kind of feel like fishing lines. but theres a hormonal one and a copper one, with no hormones. i’m on the copper iud bc i have bipolar disorder and cant do hormonal birth control of any kind. and basically what the copper iud does is that, it kills sperm. so if you were to get pregnant on the iud, the iud literally terminates the pregnancy bc copper stops egg fertilization and implantation. and it lasts longer, mine is gonna last me 12 years!

the hormonal iud just thickens up your cervical mucus and makes it harder for sperm to get up in there. hormonal iuds typically last 3-5 years but sometimes longer, it depends on where you go. and i think they stop you from ovulating in some cases. and they do make your cycle lighter and and sometimes they can make them light and infrequent the longer you have it in. 

in the first month, avoid using tampons as it could pull the iud out. also check your strings regularly at first to make sure its in the correct place. theres a small risk of it falling out/puncturing your uterus within the first couple of months, but it’s rare. it occurs in one in 20 people. expulsion is most common if you normally have really bad cramps, a heavy flow, have recently given birth or gotten an abortion, and people who have not had babies yet. 

but basically its the most effective form of birth control out there with i think like a 99.8% success rate and its super easy to get, just go to planned parenthood and they’ll do it there

 sometimes it can affect your flow, making it heavier and more painful cramps, that happens with the copper iud. but i have experienced none of that. in fact, it’s completely regulated my cycle and my bleeding is WAY less than usual cause i used to have really bad bleeding before i got on birth control and bad cramps, and tbh the iud helped with that shit. but i really recommend the copper iud bc no hormones. and like i said, if you DO get pregnant on the iud the copper in the iud is lethal to sperm and prevents the pregnancy from even happening. 

but just go to planned parenthood or your doc and see what you can do about getting on one, like i said, mine’s gonna last me 12 years.  and mine cost nothing bc i got funding from the state

the insertion itself tho, is super painful. some of the most intense and painful experiences i’ve ever had, but it takes all of about 5 minutes. and make sure you go to a gyno or your doctor once a year to get your strings checked and to make sure that it’s still in place. there is a slight risk of it puncturing your uterine wall but like i said it is rare

if anyone’s got any more questions, feel free to direct them my way! i love my iud and it’s helped me quite a bit!

EDIT: I forgot to mention they are VERY expensive, sometimes $300-$500 but most of the time you can get funds from the state that will provide it for you for free or at a reduced cost! also check with your insurance provider!

IUD insertions reportedly up 19% since Donald Trump’s election

  • After Trump won the election, many uterus-having people realized that control over those uteruses may be about to slip from their grasp. 
  • As such, an alarm sounded on social media: Get an IUD asap.
  • According to Vox, quite a few people seem to have followed through — numbers compiled by analysts at AthenaHealth show a 19% spike in IUD insertions and prescriptions between October and December 2016. 
  • There was no such increase in the final months of 2015. Read more

anonymous asked:

i heard IUD's are SO painful to be inserted. i know someone who had theirs removed the day after it was inserted because it felt like her uterus was borderline killing itself

oh shit /: yikes, yeah i’ve been debating getting one since post-election, it was always a thought in the back of my mind. but yeah i’ve heard mixed reviews from people i know who have one.