In addition to the recent talk about sterilization and regret, an article in this month's edition of Vogue takes a very good angle on the topic of sterilization. The title of the article is: "Q: Just how hard can it be to avoid getting pregnant?...more
A recent Slate article by Bryan Lowder, titled "Sterilize Me, Please: Why Is It So Difficult For Women to Get Their Tied?" gets at one of the most frustrating experiences for many childfree women who want to choose permanent birth control....more
I have birth control envy.
You know how some girls look at a penis and wish they had one?
That’s the way I feel about birth control. I wish there was more access to birth control options in my country, the Philippines.
I first felt the pangs of birth control envy at the not-so-tender age of 24. I had been living in the Philippines for 12 years and returned to the Bay Area to re-connect with some girlfriends in grade school.
I've been thinking a lot about birth control lately. Female bodied people use hormonal birth control these days for lots of reasons and not all of them have to do with avoiding reproduction, i.e. to lessen pre-menstrual and menstrual symptoms and discomfort, get rid of periods all together and even clear up acne. My personal experience is like that of many women, one of trial and thankfully more mindless stress than actual error....more
I’ve just watched a campaign ad for Barack Obama entitled “Dreams of our Daughters.”The narrator of the video is a “mother” of young girls. We watch the children and learn that they have lofty goals and big dreams. (I’m applauding through this part because I think all children should have big dreams.)...more
Boy, the things you will miss when you are out of commission for a few days! I come out of the hospital only to see that the debate over birth control has heated up and I have to pick my jaw up off of the floor after some of the things I have read....more
"Is it okay if I blog about it?""I'm surprised you asked me first. I expected you to just do it.""Yes, but when I'm about to write about your testicles, I'm pretty sure it's polite to ask first." §...more
In Elizabeth Kolbert's recent article in The New Yorker talks about a guy who sure is worth knowing about: doctor Charles Knowlton. Why? Because he is a father of the idea that having children is a choice, that parenthood is optional. Check out what Kolbert says......more