I’m seriously considering bumping my IUD change out to next January now that the republicans failed because my health plan won’t be grandfathered in anymore in 2018 so the IUD should be covered 100% under Obamacare.

Fuck, I don’t know what to do. I would need to get the depo shot for 6 months but this would save me $800. I can still change my health benefits election to decrease the amount I’m contributing to cover it to my FSA.

I guess I need to talk to the “benefits administrator” third party my firm uses. Ughhhhh. I don’t want to!

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 In a graphic that’s been going viral, Amino outlined the estimated cost of a Mirena IUD in each state if the ACA were repealed.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.

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!

I wasn’t in the room when the independent panel decided to halt the recent male birth control trial. I don’t know what their decision-making process was like. Certainly, depression and mood changes aren’t things to be taken lightly, and of course it’s in everyone’s best interest to have new drugs be as safe as possible.

However. In the male birth control trial, 4.7 percent of men experienced mood swings, and 2.8 percent experienced depression. These were two of the side effects cited as reasons for ending the trial. On the other hand, let’s take Liletta, an IUD approved by the FDA in 2015—5.2 percent of its users experienced mood swings, and 5.4 percent experienced depression. A woman using Liletta has a higher chance of experiencing the same side effects than a man using the injectable birth control that was deemed too risky. The standards are different.

In 2007, the pharmaceutical company Bayer gave up on a male contraceptive “that involved an annual implant and a quarterly injection,” as my colleague Olga Khazan reported in 2015. The company, she wrote, “concluded that men would consider the regimen—in the words of a spokesperson—‘not as convenient as a woman taking a pill once a day.’”

Well, yes. That is far more convenient—for the men. Women will put up with it, of course, as they have for years, because the stakes are that high. And as research into male birth control accelerates, we are starting to see this hypocrisy more clearly—that the burdens women bear in exchange for their reproductive freedom are considered too much to expect men to deal with.

Women across the country are rushing to get IUDs. Or at least, they’re tweeting about rushing to get long-term birth control, according to a surge of messages on social media.

They’re concerned that the Trump administration might end Obamacare provisions that require insurers to cover intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other contraception, and cut funding for abortion and reproductive health overall. So women are looking for long-term solutions like IUDs: ones that will outlast a presidency. But they may have a bit more time than they think.

They’re not just talking about it on social media; they’re looking for more information, too. Google Trends showed a massive peak searches for “IUD” “birth control” and “Planned Parenthood” on Wednesday.

The online conversations have left a lot of women wondering how much longer their birth control will be available without copays, as is required under the Affordable Care Act. The short answer is that while memes say women should get their IUDs before Inauguration Day, things might not be quite so urgent. The wheels of government take time to turn, so no one will lose their coverage on Day 1 of the Trump administration.

But women are already acting.

Women Rush To Get Long-Acting Birth Control After Trump Wins

Illustration: Joy Ho/NPR

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.

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
Thanks, Birth Control!

So, you are sexually active and you don’t want it to result in a pregnancy. Thank goodness you don’t have to put crocodile dung in your vagina (ick!), drink mercury (poison!) or pennyroyal (toxic!), or wear an amputated weasel foot round your neck (pretty!).  You won’t be expected to coat your penis with alum (ouch!), push a sea sponge soaked in brandy or olive oil over your cervix (messy!), or put paper smeared with ginger water and tied with a string into your uterus (yikes!).  Believe it or not, these were all mostly unsuccessful, even dangerous things that people did to prevent pregnancy before modern birth control methods were invented.  

Thanks to science and the commitment of many activists over the past century, we now have a HUGE array of contraceptive methods to help us plan whether or when we want to have kids.  We are SO glad, too.  No more worrying or fretting or messing with animal poop!  

 It doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, or demisexual. You owe a lot to birth control. Can you imagine what the world would be like if a pregnancy happened every time sperm got into the vagina? We already share the planet with 7.4 billion people.  Plus, unintended pregnancy can derail people’s plans and futures.  Thanks birth control!  We appreciate you!  

If you only have vaginal intercourse once, you have easy options like condoms and the sponge (both over-the-counter with no age requirement) to help you prevent a pregnancy. Condoms even greatly reduce the risk of getting or giving a sexually transmitted infection. Thanks, birth control!  That’s awesome! 

If you want continuing protection, you have the pill (extremely effective if you take one pill every day at the same time of day), the shot (it last’s 3 months), and the ring or patch (one worn inside, and one worn outside).  In fact, some methods, such as implants and intrauterine contraception, are almost foolproof. Brilliant! Thanks, birth control!

Take advantage of birth control if it can help you to take control of your life and manage your own body and sexuality.  That’s what it’s for.

 Today and heck, on every day, say, “Thank’s, birth control!”  You can even join along as we dance in celebration of one of the greatest inventions in history:

Birth control, we love, appreciate, and value you!  Thanks!

my gods I’m really gonna have to explain this *kneads temples*

He says he wants to
A) get rid of the birth control mandate thing because freedom of religion/choice is being infringed with it, don’t like it, get a different provider, supply+demand, let capitalism work for you. Not ban birth control.
B) defund planned parenthood, which is not your only option at all and wouldn’t be under this kind of fire if they were truly about “women’s health” and not abortion
C) stop abortion

And of course, every single post and comment I’ve seen on the topic has been abortion, so again, don’t fuckin’ tell me this IUD craze isn’t about abortion.

Pro-choice, huh? Then why aren’t you protesting forced abortions in China? Women who have to get an IUD as a condition of employment? Factory workers required to take pregnancy tests in a country where a positive means they get kidnapped and have an abortion forcibly performed on them?

“I can’t be expected to be equally vocal about all possible issues worldwide,” you might say.

So then why do I have to personally adopt every single one of the thousands of children in foster care before I’m allowed to be credibly against murder?

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