The Government in my Vagina.

Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
I'm poor. I will be for a significant time to come, but I enjoy sex. I personally set money aside every month for my birth control, because I can not afford a child. Then, that ray of hope came: INSURANCE could pay for my little daily pill! ... And then that was snatched away again.

... I don't know what to think. It is a joy in my life to have mind-blowing sex and not think about the consequences to a certain degree, but for goodness sakes, why can't it be free? Insurance is expensive too, and they should provide to something that seems essential. BUT are my joys just my joys and nothing more? Is this something important or dismissible?
04/15/2012
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Geogeo Geogeo
You can get free condoms
04/16/2012
sneako sneako
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
I'm poor. I will be for a significant time to come, but I enjoy sex. I personally set money aside every month for my birth control, because I can not afford a child. Then, that ray of hope came: INSURANCE could pay for my little daily pill! ... ... More
I know, it sucks.
04/16/2012
Raigne Raigne
I don't know how I feel about requiring insurance companies to fully cover birth control. My insurance already covers my birth control enough that I only have to pay ~$5 for it, but it's a generic.
04/16/2012
catsin catsin
Yea.... I'm frustrated by this.

Setting aside all moral propaganda, many women use birth control as a way to regulate hormones and other health reasons. There is NO decent reason for birth control to not be covered by insurance.

Not to mention we could use the population control it promotes, no offense intended.
04/16/2012
xilliannax xilliannax
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Originally posted by Geogeo
You can get free condoms
A lot of girls are allergic to the latex in the free condoms.
04/16/2012
Jewlickah Jewlickah
Catsin is totally right. I used birth control for a while to regulate my periods, though I've never had sex with a man in my life.

If people are so against recreational sex, why aren't condoms condemned? Why are few mad that Viagra will be covered by insurance? Viagra and birth control both treat medical problems, and both may used for sexual purposes.

I'm confused as to why there's a specific targeting of female contraception. It's not even a mildly grey issue like abortion, where there's a "life" at stake. I hate sounding like an extremist, but I feel like it's an attack on women. Do they not realize that women with PCOS could develop cervical cancer because of birth control not being covered?

As to whether or not your pleasure is dismissible, it definitely is not. Especially not if insurance companies are going around paying for Viagra. Especially not if it prevents children that can't be cared for. Especially not if it prevents abortions and pregnancy complications. Sex for females can help regulate menstrual cycles, regulate periods, and prevent depression- there is /no/ reason why anyone should be barred from those benefits if no one is getting hurt.
04/19/2012
BlackCrescent BlackCrescent
It's the religious/conservative s/GOP who oppose the full coverage of birth control. They see birth control as an enabler of sin. They want people who have premarital sex to face the risk of unwanted pregnancy to discourage people from engaging in such behavior. Also, some of the more fundamentalist religious groups believe that sex is FOR PROCREATION and the pleasure is simply a bonus god gave as a wedding present of sorts. Well people have sex for reasons other than to have a child... in the same way that people eat food more than to survive. People eat certain things because they taste good and people have sex because it feels good. They just need to get use to it and stop trying to impose their values on society.
08/21/2012
sasshole sasshole
Quote:
Originally posted by catsin
Yea.... I'm frustrated by this.

Setting aside all moral propaganda, many women use birth control as a way to regulate hormones and other health reasons. There is NO decent reason for birth control to not be covered by insurance.

Not ... More
not just women, people with uteri in general use birth control for many reasons like regulating periods and lessening the pain of cramps etc.
08/31/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Birth control has a number of positive effects, and having it required for free can actually save the insurance companies a bit in the long run (pregnancy can get really pricy). I look at it falling under "if you don't like it, don't use it."
09/01/2012
Daofan Daofan
they charge for it so lazy people will get off their butts and work for a change. tired of people sucking off the gov't tit.
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09/07/2012
Scythe Scythe
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
I'm poor. I will be for a significant time to come, but I enjoy sex. I personally set money aside every month for my birth control, because I can not afford a child. Then, that ray of hope came: INSURANCE could pay for my little daily pill! ... ... More
This may sound harsh but it is how i feel,i don't think woman should get birth control for free however i feel that there should be a way for woman to get affordable birth control whether a co payment is involved or otherwise,some responsibility should be taken by woman in this matter.I also want to mention getting back to what two people have written that there are non latex condoms available for people that have allergic reactions to latex,they are not free and cost abit more than latex condoms but they are affordable & Viagra is not covered by all health insurances and if someone were interested in paying out of pocket for it those pills are quite expensive.
04/25/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by xilliannax
A lot of girls are allergic to the latex in the free condoms.
Yep. Any place that gives away free condoms gives away regular size latex condoms. If you or your man are allergic to latex (like I am) or needs a large size NON latex condom (like My Man does) you're out of luck.

Using a condom that will possibly put me into anaphylatic shock, strangle my husband's penis, and most likely break or fall off, as it is the wrong size for him is ridiculous.

Insurance companies cover Viagra and other drugs like this, but many do not cover many forms of birth control. It's left over sexist bullshit, IMO. It is an attack on women.

And, for those who object to "free" birth control, or "free" treatment for female medical problems... if these people have insurance, they ARE paying for it in their insurance premiums. If someone doesn't have insurance, would it be better for these women to get sick or get pregnant and then have "the government" pay for their treatment or their pregnancies instead?
04/25/2013
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Daofan
they charge for it so lazy people will get off their butts and work for a change. tired of people sucking off the gov't tit.
I'm not lazy. I work a lot.
04/25/2013
Bill220 Bill220
I personally don't mind if a bit of my tax or insurance premiums go to birth control. It gets more complicated when people and organizations are forced to pay for something that goes against what they believe in.
04/25/2013
Woman China Woman China
Sometimes I wish I were American for then I would write a "Dear mister President..." letter asking since my vagina and uterus clearly are not mine, I need to ask for permission to have sex and masturbate. Each and every time.

In my opinion, birth control in various options (condoms and The Pill) should be free. It is- at least to me- a very smart move.

Honestly, I am so very tired of reading news articles over the past two years talking about what I can and what I cannot do with my body. My vagina and my uterus belongs to me. It seems as if a woman's uterus and vagina have become something that needs governing by governments because women cannot make informed decisions? Talk about utter stupidity.

Bottom line... smoking is very bad for you, yet it is still legal. Nitrates are found in so many foods, yet it kills you. Fast foods, processed foods and such are killing many developed countries... yet are still readily everywhere. But something that so many women use as a way to prevent unwanted pregnancy, regulate their periods, ease cramping etc... are a no no.

Is it really because governments think women cannot make informed decisions? Or is it because we are still living in the 1500's and the manly men want control over "their" women? (please note my sarcasm here) Does this remind anyone of a Monthy Python's and the Meaning of Life skit? Every sperm is sacred?

It reminds me of the discussion of pads and tampons being a taxed item because they are not a "necessity" but toilet paper was tax free.
04/27/2013
snowminx snowminx
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Yep. Any place that gives away free condoms gives away regular size latex condoms. If you or your man are allergic to latex (like I am) or needs a large size NON latex condom (like My Man does) you're out of luck.

Using a condom that will ... More
What I think is weird is I do have insurance and it covers a whole iud (that is around 500 dollars) but would only pay for part of pills, if that.
If you're on medicare you get free birth control, but so many don't take advantage of it or don't use it correctly. I will I had that chance -_-
04/29/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
I am saying this as a Canadian with only a small amount of knowledge of the American health care system, especially since it has changed. I know that this is an old thread, but perhaps someone else in a similar situation might look through and want to investigate. This is not a permanent solution - I think that birth control should be covered for everyone regardless of whether or not they have insurance, because if you're in no position to afford insurance, you're in no position to be having a baby. In addition to that, it would make it easier for teenagers to get a hold of it, which I look at as a positive and not as the negative that some people do. If they're going to be having sex anyways (which, coming from a county who has held the title for highest teen drinking rate and a comparable pregnancy rate more than once in the last twenty years, they are), why not give them something that they can do ahead of time to make sure that they don't wind up with a bouncing bundle of bills and stress - I mean, joy.

Anyways, round to my actual point: if we do not have insurance and go to the doctor, we have to pay full price for whatever method of hormonal birth control we choose. Instead, I have started going to a sexual health clinic, which offers birth control at a discounted rate. It is still significantly more expensive than what I would be paying if I had insurance (which is something like $2 for every three months), but at $10 a pack and no pharmacy fees, it's much more affordable than paying full price plus dispensing fees, especially because you can go back and pick up a single pack every month without having to pay extra for the pharmacists to pick the pack up off a back shelf and bring it to you. I know about Planned Parenthood, but I figure that someone would have posted about it by now if they offered something like this. Does anyone know if there are other sexual health clinics (or even just independent Gynos) who offer this sort of thing? Just as additional information, I had to undergo a thorough history (both sexual and general) and was offered a free pap (which I grudgingly accepted because in reality, I should have had one a year before I did). The whole thing took about three hours (and I scored like, two dozen flavored condoms because my nurse was disappointed to hear that I don't use them when engaging in oral. We still have yet to use a single one. ).

Like I said - I don't know if that exists in the States, but it might be worth looking around for a doctor or clinic somewhere that has a similar program.
04/29/2013
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