I’m not a political person. I do not stay up on the news. I do not know what Donald Trump has or has not accomplished in the last 9 months. Yes, I see stories, and yes, I sometimes have opinions but I almost never share them because the division in politics across this nation is absurd. People unfriending people because of a political view or a political post is just plain dumb. Everyone is open to having their own opinions on any subject matter whether it be politics, the weather, or where the best vacation spot is. That’s what makes a democracy. Various opinions and ideas coming together from everyone and everywhere.
With this being said, I do have words on this ‘Roll Back of the Birth Control Mandate.’ And yes, I realize that some may not want to read this because of the personal content or their views on the issue and therefore, some may ignore it completely, but these are my thoughts and my views and I don’t regret putting them out there for a minute.
For 9 years I was the most regular woman on the planet. I knew within a 3 day span when my menstrual cycle would start. This was wonderful! That is, until it was no longer the case…
A little over a year ago my cycle became very messed up. I ignored it for a while and boiled it down to being under stress, a new job, a new state, and overall changes occurring. This was true until it lasted for 5 months with no improvement. I set up an OBGYN appointment and discussed with a wonderful doctor what was occurring. A few tests were done, a possible problem was seen, but the smartest thing to do was to be put on a contraceptive to see if this change could regulate things once again.
For the first two months, my new pill did just that, and I was beyond relieved. Having an irregular cycle is not only annoying, but there are side effects to a sudden imbalance in estrogen and progestin levels. After two months I was having break through bleeding once again, which was cause for concern. The regulation of hormones that I was receiving from the contraceptive should have prevented this, but it was clear that there was some other underlying problem.
Two doctors later from April through July and I was eventually set up to have surgery which occurred a week ago. They believed that they saw a benign mass on my uterus and that removal of this should stop this issue. Once they went to do the surgery though, no mass was found, which yes is annoying, but now I know what to be aware of. I have been put on a new contraceptive and am hoping that this all will no longer be an issue and it should prevent my irregularity from causing problems once again. But if it is then I know that I need to get back in to a doctor and determine other possible causes.
Now, why am I sharing this information with the world wide web? To make you feel sorry for me? To share TMI on a personal issue? Of course not! I just want to put information out there that contraceptives are not used simply to prevent pregnancies within a sexual context. Birth control is used for so many medical reasons. My employer or my insurance company should not have the ability to deny me coverage of my contraceptive simply due to their own belief system. I am not putting down any sort of religious affiliations; as I previously stated, everyone is subject to their own preferences within society; but I am saying that simply because an individual does not see contraceptive use as beneficial in any way beyond pregnancy prevention, which isn’t seen to them as something that should be covered, then they should not have the ability to deny MY coverage to protect MY health.
Birth control without this mandate could cost anywhere between $20-50 per month for an individual without health insurance and $5-$15 with a copay provided by insurance*. Currently, I pay $0 every month to help my body receive the correct amounts of hormones day to day. $0 is huge for a person whose body needs this regulation month to month. If the cost goes back up, then women will be less likely to have the protection of our health that we deserve!!
As the attached article** states “‘The government already engages in dozens of programs that subsidize contraception for the low-income women who are most at risk for unintended pregnancy.'” What about someone like me? I am fortunate to be under family health insurance, therefore I would not qualify for such a program, even though my small salary will be paying for the costs month to month. I do not believe that I am at risk for unintended pregnancy anymore than another woman, and I do not believe that singling out low-income women as being most at risk is the right thing to do. I don’t know! It all seems outrageous to me!
Anyhow, those are my views. Whether or not you agree is up to you. Discussions are welcome to occur as long as they are civilized. I would be more than curious to hear other people’s views on this subject matter. Have a good day blogosphere 🙂