Ladies, it makes me sad to hear every conversation about insurance coverage of birth control being qualified with it being used as medication. Because we have every right to use birth control for its intended use as pregnancy prevention.
It’s 2014 and it’s time to stop being embarrassed or ashamed about our sexuality. There’s no need to apologize if you are simply choosing to use your insurance money to pay for birth control because you do not wish to become pregnant. Whether you are married or single, it is your right as a human being to have sex, to enjoy sex, and to protect yourself from pregnancy while having sex.
But every time we qualify the use of birth control as a medication, it puts us on the defensive and makes us seem guilty. Which we aren’t, no matter how hard some people might try to make us feel.
Using birth control of any type is responsible adult behavior. Using it doesn’t make you a slut (thank you, Mr. Limbaugh) or a sinner. It puts you in control of your life to some degree. (Because few birth control methods are 100% effective.) It allows you to plan your education and your career. It lets you choose when to start your family.
Despite it being 2014, the United States treats sex with a two-faced complexity worthy of middle-schoolers. We love to flaunt sex everywhere, but hate to admit to being sexual. On the flip side, we are a nation with no problem with ogling the scantily-clad breasts of Victoria Secret models, but freak out when someone breast feeds. Yes, we have a problem with sex.
It is time that we put a stop to this. Insurance covers Viagara. Yes, as some have pointed out, women get benefits from the use of Viagara. But men get benefits from the use of birth control since they are crucial to the creation of new life. Unless they are ready to be fathers and support their offspring, then birth control should be in demand by all parties in the sexual relationship. Birth control is not a woman-only benefit.
If you use birth control for medical reasons, great. But if you don’t, and you use birth control for–well, birth control–don’t hide from it. You are doing nothing wrong and are doing everything right. Stop letting other people, their hang ups, and their mixed messages about sex confuse you. You are the healthy one.