Okay, this is primarily a nature/science blog, but, I’m gonna get political, too… especially where those politics intrude on scientific consensus, and/or threaten human rights.
Asexual aromantic “”“virgin”“” (I hate that concept, let alone term) here. I’m an educator and do natural resource management. I work outdoors. A LOT. I do educational hikes, boat tours, amphitheater programs, birding trips, invasive plant removal, prescribed burns, and more. I do this year-round, and in the US Midwest. I’ve worked in temps from 100°F to -25°F, in hilly, wooded, rocky terrain. The work I do is important, and I LOVE it!
You know what really impedes that work? Debilitating cramps and back pain, indigestion, and the fear that, despite all precautions, I’m going to bleed into my uniform, and even the Teflon fabric finish won’t be enough to help me remove it.
Know what fixed that right up? Nexplanon. Know how much it would have cost me without my public sector health benefits? About $700. That’s over a month’s rent. Know how much it cost me WITH those benefits? $0. It’s almost like pregnancy and birth are incredibly expensive in the US, and insurance companies know this, and would rather cover birth control completely than $30k to $50k for a hospital delivery, plus the threat of one’s spawn being added to the family plan and draining more of their profits. Are they not merciful?
These are MY reasons for using birth control, but, frankly, the reasons someone wants/needs birth control is nobody’s freaking business beyond that person and their doctor.
Cheers, from this hellbound heathen who thinks (much like the rest of the world) that healthcare is a basic human right!