When "Birth Control" Takes On An Ugly New Meaning

It's one of those horrible stereotypes that gets repeated in movies and on television: the desperate, probably crazy, control-freak woman who tries to trap a man by deliberately "forgetting" to take her birth control pills or use whatever type of birth of control she uses or claims to be using. Well, guess what? In real life, that crazy control-freak woman might be a man. ...more

I'm only 23, but I feel like I had a completely different childhood from what some kids have ...more

Don't Drop the Ball on New Year's Eve

I have mixed feelings about the National Institute for Reproductive Health's New Year's Eve birth control campaign, Don't Drop the Ball. It's a humorous website that reminds women that if something goes wrong with their primary method of birth control, women have a 120 hour window to prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraceptives (EC). The site encourages women to send a funny text message about different EC options. There's even a video about a text message mishap to ...more

Santa Baby, slip an IUD under the tree for meeee....

 Not the typical Christmas list from this girl… My list would probably make any mall Santa turn redder than good ol’ Rudolph’s nose and beg for a lunch break....more

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!

"AAAAAHHHHH!" That would be the sound of me sighing in relief because today I did the deed. I woke up Sunday morning and the first thing I thought was, "YES!...more

Preventing Reproductive Health Services at All Costs

Every year, Planned Parenthood offers services to more than five million men, women, and adolescents. In that year, they offer nearly one million Pap tests and more than 850,000 breast exams, provide provides more than 3.3 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, and estimate that their services prevent as many as 621,000 unintended pregnancies. Many locations offer prenatal and postpartum care. In addition, they offer safe, affordable abortions. ...more

I use to think P.P. helped out poor women and minorities and recently I began to look at ...more

I'm Losing My Hair. Is My Mirena to Blame?

It's typical to lose your hair after you have a baby. It happened with TD and then again with The Comedian. It's also typical to see your doctor for birth control options post-baby if you are not willing to get knocked up again. When I encountered the Mirena IUD it seemed like the perfect option. One quick doctor visit and I was good to go for the next five years. If I wanted more kids in that time I could have it removed. I read all the brochures, did some research and talked to friends who had used Mirena as well. It was my golden ticket to no thought birth control....more

Freedom's Just Another Word For Controlling Your Ovaries, Inside Or Out

So here's a question that almost certainly falls into the category of Soliciting Too Much Information: what kind of birth control do you use? More specifically, what kind of birth control do you use if you're a woman of a certain age - a woman, say, who is probably mostly she thinks done having children - and doesn't want to return to the pill? ...more

Woohoo FireDad! We talked about a vasectomy, but we weren't 100% sure we were done. 5 years ...more

Young Women Need to Be Selective not Selected

As you know, if you’ve read my very first post, that I share joint custody of my two girls with my ex.  Just recently, the jerk that is my ex husband decided to quit working so that his parenting time wouldn’t be reduced to only weekends.  This resulted in the judge ’awarding’ us 50/50 parenting time.  So now, I have the girls from Saturday to Wednesday (4 nights) and he has Wednesday to Saturday (3 nights).  ...more

Great post and good reminders, although I disagree about not marrying in your 20s... I ...more

Contraceptive Challenged

I think I should elaborate on being contraceptive-challenged as I have received some questions about that. First of all, it is a completely made up word. However, it does mean that I am destined to have 10 million kids because every form of contraceptive fails on me. Every. Single. One. And I have tried them all. The IUD is actually just my latest in a long line of contraceptive choices. The ring wouldn’t stay in place. For the main reason--I guess I’m ...more

Protect Family Planning Funding

By Alison Mondi In a time of economic uncertainty, unnerving budget deficits, and ever-worsening employment and revenue figures, it is understandable that the legislators and agency heads charged with setting the state’s budget for the next two years are inclined to reach for the hatchet. ...more