While some people compare domestic abuse counseling to getting a manicure, grownups are looking at the Department of Health and Human Services rules for women’s preventive health care and predicting that removing the financial roadblocks of long-term, high quality contraception will encourage more women to use it.
“Nearly all young adults use contraception. Too few of them use it consistently. That’s why it’s really encouraging to think that these longer-acting methods hold real promise,” Bill Albert, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told Kristen Gerencher of MarketWatch. Women may start to shift focus to LARC’s—longer-acting reversible contraception, such as IUDs, which can provide years of protection but have a higher initial upfront cost than something like the Pill, which you have to remember to take correctly and every day.
Albert and Adam Thomas, of the Brookings Institution, also agreed that “the government would be wise to follow up with a kind of 21st century sex education since many people have outdated birth control notions,” Gerencher writes. For example, women underestimate their own fertility or don’t remember to keep up with the birth control they’re using; and some have an exaggerated fear of contraception’s side effects and/or “don’t believe contraception works.” One wonders where some of them get some of these ideas.
Since the new rules include several types counseling, the information barrier should dissolve with the financial one and we’ll not only be healthier and happier, we’ll be smarter.