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2 years ago
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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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Girl Scouts is basically a youth group kinda thing for girls. They go on trips, learn things, raise money for charities--it's supposed to build character in children, help them learn to be outgoing, so on and so forth.

That post was from klec, our resident Brit. I’ve been in Girl Scouts, though. I thank her for bringing that page to my attention.

Girl Scouts is awesome. Girl Scouts was originally Girl Guides, and was basically the non-sexist answer to the sexist Boy Scouts at the time. As well as everything you mentioned, they provide a safe environment for young girls to grow and flourish.

Now, from that page:

Sahuaro Girl Scouts Council and Real Life. Real Talk.™: “Real Life. Real Talk.” is a Planned Parenthood explicit sex education program offered across the country. The Sahuaro Girl Scouts Council is promoting the largest abortion provider in the country by partnering with them and showing girls that they are friends.

This anti-choice smear campaign against them is ludicrous. I’m glad they’re providing honest sex ed now. I never got sex ed from them in the 90s. There’s no such thing as “explicit” sex ed—it’s comprehensive. Kids all need comprehensive sex ed. And yes, Planned Parenthood may be the US’ “largest abortion provider”—but keep in mind that Planned Parenthood is huge and it’s literally only 3% of their services. However, they and similar clinics also provide so much contraception and sex ed that they prevent more abortions than they provide.

Anti-choice fuckwits.


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3 years ago
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Hi, I'm researching for an info-graphic on why we need better sex education in the US. Do you know of any place I could get reliable statistics? Thanks!

Guttmacher probably has something. I love Guttmacher. I also just found this; abstinence-only programs have been proven to be ineffective, whereas comprehensive sex ed programs have been proven very effective at preventing teenage pregnancy. For instance, students who received comprehensive sex ed were 50% less likely to experience a pregnancy when compared to their peers who received abstinence-only education.

On one of those links, there’s a link to a now-dead article about how abstinence-only education also violates students’ rights. I wish the link weren’t dead, but you can read the abstract of that study here (and the full text, if you want to pay for it).

In the United States, the federal government dishes out $1.5 billion per year on abstinence-only sex education. It’s on the DHHS.

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3 years ago
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The High Cost of Birth Control


The other day I posted a coupon for NuvaRing, a form of birth control. With the upcoming charge to to make birth control without copays mandatory, people who aren’t familiar with the costs of BC could wonder what the fuss is about. A few key points on the cost of birth control:

  • Women typically pay between $15 and $50 a month in co-pays for birth control pills — $180 to $600 a year.
  • More than half of women aged 18–34 say that the cost of prescription birth control has made it hard for them to use birth control consistently.
  • A couple using no birth control has an 85 percent chance of becoming pregnant in one year.

Here’s a chart with a rough breakdown of the cost per year of various types of birth control. (source)

Method Effectiveness Cost Per Year Birth Control Pills 95 percent $160 to $600 Birth Control Patch 95 percent $160 to $600 Cervical Cap 77 to 83 percent $35 to $60 Condoms 85 percent $150 Diaphragm 85 percent $60 Fertility-Awareness 75 to 88 percent Free IUDs 99 percent $100 (varies) Shot (Depo-Provera) 99 percent $220 to $460 Sterilization 99 percent $30 to $200 (varies) Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing) 95 percent $160 to $600 Vaginal Sponge 68 to 84 percent $500 Abstinence 100 percent