The Burden

Exploring the burdens of birth control on women.

These are some popular contraceptive options today.

contraception

This does not include: the female condom, the sponge, cervical cap, spermicide, and emergency contraceptive.

I find it amazing contraception promotes freedom while in most cases, except condoms and withdrawal, places the burden of contraception completely on women. We’ve been under this burden for centuries

Ancient Contraceptives

Through history we see Egyptian women using leaves, honey, and crocodile dung. Aristotle wrote that oil and frankincense was commonly used. Even Casanova encouraged his mistresses to use empty lemon rinds.

Throughout our lives we take drugs, shots, and put devices in us, all for the sake of an unwanted pregnancy! Please mess with are hormones more drug companies. But don’t even think about screwing with a man’s testosterone, far too dangerous.

Telegraph did a picture article about what men really think about contraception.  It was enlightening to see men taking notice of this inequality in the bedroom. Rebecca Reid, an author for Telegraph, expanded on this topic by writing, Men don’t think they ‘have a right’ to talk about birth control.

Rebecca Reid discovered two revelations from her research.

“The first was how uniform the uncertainties of hormonal contraceptives are. Every woman I asked about her difficulties with the Pill had a similar experience. Yet too many of us continue to ingest doses of synthetic hormones, irrespective – or perhaps ignorant (myself included) of the consequences.”

The second is

“Men are loath to discuss contraceptive issues. In my quest to secure a male testimony about contraception, I was met with straight ‘No’s’, and several blokes backing out of interviews after getting cold feet.”

Hormonal birth control can be liberating; yet, I believe it takes a toll on relationships. There is an imbalance. One person injects hormones while the other is squeamish about the topic. Both articles above show this inequality.

Personally, I never want to take hormones. I don’t want to be scared of complications or whether a blood clot is just over the horizon. For all those out there who agree with me check this out Natural Family PlanningFertility Awareness Method, and the Lady-Comp.