I try really hard to stay positive and upbeat all the time, but I cannot turn a blind eye to this birth control debate. As much as I want to, since it really doesn't concern me, I just can't sit back and keep quiet.
Honestly, this doesn't have much to do with the Hobby Lobby ruling and all that. I haven't truly kept up with much of it, so I won't lie there. My understanding is that the Supreme Court is allowing Hobby Lobby to not cover Plan B pills for their employees. Whether or not this is okay (in anyone's opinion) is not at all the point of my blog post. Birth control itself is at the center.
First, I'll say that this isn't about Plan B. I've never taken it, so I have no idea about it. And if you haven't yet read my blog posts from last year when I was going through detox of birth control pills, specifically Yaz, you can catch up here and here if you'd like. The first one is "my story" and the second one is right before it when I could barely even talk about it. But to sum it all up, I lived through one of the worst summers of my entire life. I went through things I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies (although, from me, that isn't saying much because I wouldn't wish a hangnail on anyone either, but you get my point). I lost so much hair, went through horrible depression for weeks, suffered from (and continue to deal with) anxiety and panic attacks, etc. All from stopping my birth control pills.
And you know what? Doctors didn't help me.
They shoved MORE pills at me, not bothering to treat the source of anything, just wanting to cover up the symptoms. Some thought I probably needed to eat meat because I was a vegan. One even suggested that I just go back on the pill. Right, because I was so pleased with what it had done to me that I wanted to get back on it only to perhaps go through the terrible detox again? Okay.
When I first started experiencing the symptoms, I was beyond terrified that I was going to die. Everything felt that serious. But when I Googled it, I found that so many other people were going or had gone through the same thing I was after stopping Yaz, and a lot of them hadn't taken it as long as I had. That really scared me.
Not to mention, I'm sure we've all seen the commercials on TV about Yaz, Yazmin, and Ocella birth control pills and the lawsuits against them. I'm one of those who needed their gallbladder removed while on the pill, and even with everyone who filed against them, they denied that there was enough medical correlation to pay out on those cases. Y'all, I had an organ removed from my body. Now, I didn't exactly eat the best, but I don't find it to be a coincidence.
My point is that I see all of this fighting about whether or not Obamacare, the US, and employers should provide healthcare coverage for birth control pills for their employees and citizens when we should actually be questioning whether or not we should be taking them in the first place. Seriously. Do some research. Look into what you want so badly to take so you don't have a baby, don't get acne, or don't gain weight. We need to take some responsibility for our health and sexual lives instead of relying on a pill that's wreaking havoc on our bodies and calling it 'freedom.'
I was on your side before. I thought I was doing the right thing. But I wasn't. I made the wrong choice and paid greatly for it. My life will never be the same because of it. A year later, I'm STILL working around the effects of the pill I took for years without question. I got off of them because I started acting accountable for my own health. I suggest everyone start doing the same.
Please stop fighting over whether or not we have to provide this pill to young women. Start looking into whether or not we as young women should be taking that pill at all.