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Myth of the day, 11


Myth: Birth Control pills make you gain weight.

Fact: Clinical trial after clinical trial has been unable to prove a correlation between oral contraceptives and weight gain.

Specifically, a review article published in 2006 analyzed 44 previous trials and found that while some participants did gain weight during their studies, there was no evidence that their birth control was to blame.

“We’ve heard from several of our patients that they’re concerned about gaining weight on birth control,” says Dr. Yen. “And no woman wants to gain weight. I’d rather prevent pregnancy than propagate a myth that’s not supported by science.”

One type of contraceptive that may cause weight gain is injectable depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), commonly known as the birth control shot. In a study published in March 2009, University of Texas researchers linked the shot to an average 11-pound weight gain over three years.


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If you are 17 or older, you can get Plan B without a prescription. If the pharmacist or pharmacy tech says you can’t, they are wrong. If you live in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Vermont, or Washington, pharmacists can prescribe and dispense EC even if you are under 17.

There are some states (Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Dakota) where pharmacies/pharmacists can refuse to dispense Plan B on “religious or moral grounds.” If you live in one of these states (or even if you don’t) this document from the National Women’s Law Center has great information on what to do if you are refused EC or BC.

It’s not a bad idea to keep a box or two of EC handy, even if you live in a state that’s  generally liberal about EC dispersal. EC is expensive (it runs $50-$60 OTC in New York), but if you have health insurance and get an advance rx from your doctor or from a clinic like Planned Parenthood, it’s often covered by your insurance like any other prescription. Having EC on hand also stops you from having to deal with power tripping pharmacists and from stressing out about getting to a pharmacy in time.

For more info on Plan B, including safe use, pharmacy & clinic locators, and rates of effectiveness, click here.

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The FACTS about the cost of birth control


Religious mandates against birth control are:

  • A violation of equal rights for males and females (treating pregnancy like a special condition is treating females unequally, as the vast majority of females have a reproductive system for pregnancy)
  • A violation of the mandates disallowing the government to endorse any particular religion (anti-birth control attitudes are religious)
  • Terribly burdensome and viciously punishing to those who have done nothing but have ovaries and uteruses


  • Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” can cost $1,210 per year without health insurance. 
  • Women of reproductive age spend 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care costs than do men, in part because of contraceptive costs.
  • Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
  • Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
  • More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
  • Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.


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RECALL on another batch of birth control pills


Glenmark Generics is issuing a nationwide recall of seven lots of birth control pills. The pills are labeled “norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets.”

Because of a packaging error, some of the pills were placed in the wrong order within the packs, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration. The packs contain three types of pills with varying levels of hormones, designed to be taken at different times during a woman’s cycle. 

The pills were rotated 180 degrees within the pack, so the weekly tablet orientation is reversed, and the lot number and expiration date are visible only on the outer pouch, according to the FDA. Any pack for which the lot number and expiry date is not visible is subject to recall. 

Because of this error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect, leaving women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.

These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks, but consumers whose pills are affected should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately, the FDA said. Patients who have the products (lot numbers are provided below) should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy.

Lot numbers of affected packs are as follows: 04110101, 04110106, 04110107, 04110114, 04110124, 04110129 and 04110134. The packs were distributed nationwide between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30, 2011. The complete name of the product is norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg (Generic).

The error was discovered when a consumer complained she received a pack in which the tablets were packaged in reverse order, the FDA said. 

In the correct packaging configuration, the top row contains seven white to off-white tablets, and the bottom row contains seven inactive, light green tablets in bottom row ( correctly packaged packs are pictured here ).

Last month, Pfizer recalled 28 lots of generic birth control pills labeled Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, when the company found some packs contained an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets, and tablets out of sequence. 

More information is available on  the FDA’s website

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What are "pro-life"' people's general opinion of ectopic pregnancies? My mother would have died if she didn't get the abortion she needed and I can't see how my mother dying and me going into foster care is "pro-life".

I’ve seen a lot of apologetics around them. I’ve heard anti-choicers say that treating an ecotpic pregnancy doesn’t technically count as an abortion because the embryo was never implanted—but by the same token, they should be fine with birth control, since it prevents implantation. But by the anti-choice logic that “a person is a person no matter how small”, I don’t see how it should make a difference to them.

Unless their ulterior motive is making pregnant people suffer.

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Get the facts.  Don’t believe the lies.  “Yes” On 26 will NOT ban birth control!

I don’t think you understand how birth control works. It also prevents implantation of an already fertilized egg, so yes, 26 would ban it.

Vote no on this, Mississippians!

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[Image: a fervent pro-life protester over an eight-piece blue background. A sticker on his shirt reads, “Abortion Isn’t Healthcare.” He is pointing upwards with both hands. Top text: “ABORTION IS BAD” Bottom text: “BUT NO BIRTH CONTROL, EITHER (We still love women, though!)”]

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UN Recommends Everyone Stop Telling Women What To Do With Their Bodies


The UN states that any country restricting a woman’s access to abortion and/or contraception is, in doing so, violating a woman’s human rights.


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"The Web sites teens turn to for sexual health information often have inaccurate information. For example, of 177 sexual health Web sites examined in a recent study, 46% of those addressing contraception and 35% of those addressing abortion contained inaccurate information."

Guttmacher Institute (via she-who-loves-the-rain)

Well, that’s frightening as all hell.

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3 years ago
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It would be really awesome if you guys could post something about the fuckery that is the personhood amendment that's up for vote in Mississippi this year. Mississippi is already one of the worst states when it comes to abortion rights (i.e. we have 1 clinic that performs them and it's only open a couple days a week for a couple hours at a time) and the personhood amendment could outlaw stuff like most birth control and IVF.

Oh, I have posted about it before, yeah. Here’s a petition against it, and it needs more signatures. Go go go!