Birth control should not be painful

Opinion – Vanguard

I find the same phrase haunting me: “Get an IUD.” Regardless of intent, insisting that people with uteruses should get any specific form of birth control is inappropriate and counterproductive.
The insertion of IUDs is not only painful but requires a longer than average recovery period compared to other birth controls. Pressuring painful forms of birth control only perpetuates a culture in which women are forced to undergo pain and discomfort in order to live the life they desire.
When Donald Trump won the election on Nov 9, 2016, it sparked a social panic related to accessing safe forms of contraception. Many expressed fear of their reproductive rights being stripped away entirely. Taking to Twitter, individuals expressed serious concerns over the future of birth control: “I have truly never been more shocked in my life. Hug your friends a little tighter, promise to protect each other, and everyone go get an IUD,” said writer Rachel Varina.
Encouraged by widespread support on Twitter and publicized by certain news organizations, IUDs were made out to be the solution. In the first week after the 2016 election, Planned Parenthood reported a 900 percent increase in patients seeking IUDs. By the following January, reports by AthenaHealth suggested IUD prescription rates increased 19 percent.
Unfortunately, the fear of restricted birth control has been made a reality. The Trump administration has repeatedly taken shots at birth control accessibility. With recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, birth control and reproductive rights for women may seriously be at risk in the near future. It’s completely sane, and smart, to feel wary about future access to birth control.
Societal expectations tell women IUDs are their best option under this administration. Headlines such as “Get an IUD Before It’s Too Late,” and “Here’s Why Everyone Is Saying to Get an IUD Today,” shine light on the pressure women in the U. …

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