In the 36-odd hours since Donald Trump became the president-elect, the internet has exploded with articles about birth control. My social media feeds are overflowing with articles and personal messages urging women to drop everything, rush to their doctors, and demand IUDs.
It’s true: the accessibility of artificial birth control, including IUDs, the pill, the NuvaRing, and the patch might be limited in the coming months.
So what can you do?
Did you know that you can use a family planning method that isn’t dependent upon any political office?
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of family planning (FABMs) are an effective, safe, and empowering alternative to artificial birth control. All too often, we forget that making an informed decision requires learning about the alternatives available to us.
FABMs can be as effective as artificial birth control. If you didn’t know this, you are not alone. Unfortunately, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports very inaccurate information about the effectiveness of FABMs. In essence, the CDC lumps all natural methods of family planning into one statistic, thus failing to report the accurate effectiveness rate for any individual natural method. Furthermore, 85% of the women who participated in the study used for this statistic reported using outdated natural methods. If you’re interested in learning more about this discrepancy, please click here.
There are several kinds of IUDs and they all work differently. If you are considering getting an IUD, please thoroughly research these differences. As reported by Planned Parenthood, all IUDs come with several risks, including future infertility and uterus perforation. Additionally, 10% of IUDs are inserted improperly, which not only increases the woman’s risk of infection, but also increases her likelihood of unintended pregnancy. Side effects include menstrual complications, ovarian cysts, mood swings, breast tenderness, headaches, and acne. The NY Magazine “comprehensive guide” to IUDs didn’t mention a single one of these risks or side effects. (I wonder how NY Magazine defines “comprehensive.”) FABMs, on the other hand, don’t carry any risks or side effects, nor do they leave an environmental footprint.
FABMs work because women can learn how to observe and track various biomarkers and use this information to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. Yes, this means that FABMs aren’t “set it and forget it” like IUDs are reported to be. But the “set it and forget it” quality of IUDs is a bit misleading. Did you know that up to 10% of all IUDs fall out, sometimes unbeknownst to the woman, and that among girls between the ages of 14 and 19, this expulsion rate skyrockets to 18.8%? Using an FABM takes a couple of minutes each day (if that). Isn’t your health worth minutes of your care and attention?
Bottom line? Getting an IUD might not be the best way to care for your body.
The person who has the greatest impact on your body is yourself. Learn to take care of yourself… no matter who is president.
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