Let us talk about the wide spectrum of opinions about the topic of birth control pills.
On one side, you have people viewing the pill as a way to choose what one woman chooses to do with their body. It could be looked at as a contraceptive, a way to regulate one’s period, a way to regulate one’s hormones, etc. – there are endless reasons as to why one wants to be put on birth control. Regardless of what it is used for, one should be able to obtain birth control effortlessly.
On the polar opposite side of this spectrum, there is a community that believes that the birth control pill is a form of “going against nature” and a “sin”. As you may or may not know, religion can play a heavy role in one’s opinion about women healthcare. So much as there are organizations and clubs that advocate for women to go the “natural” way of living and choosing to not partake in any form of contraceptive. However, majority of women use the birth control pill for many more reasons other than a way to not get pregnant.
Personally, I view birth control as a contraceptive and a way to regulate my period. As I have been diagnosed with a hormone disease, these tiny little pills help my hormones balance out. More broadly, they make me healthy. However, my very first experience with a gynecologist was anything but supportive and informational.
As I walked into this doctor’s office with the intentions of receiving birth control from a female doctor, I felt confident that I would leave satisfied with my visit- that did not happen. She asked me questions like, “Do you have a boyfriend?” and “Oh you don’t, are you gay?”. I kept thinking: why does it matter if I am in a committed relationship with a man or anyone? Are these questions actually important? Why do you want to know in the first place?
I wanted birth control and I did not have a significant other. In her eyes, I could have just wanted the pills so I can sleep with every other dude on the block. Even though that’s not why I wanted the birth control, but who are you to tell me I couldn’t?
I thought, “wow, my gynecologist who was a woman was judging me for wanting to seek birth control. How odd?”. To my surprise, not odd at all- this has happened before. In an article posted by Bustle, many women have come forward about discussions that they have had with their gynecologist. Some of them made comments regarding the fact they should “be thinking about having children soon”, how odd one’s pubic hair is, or how someone may be “too old” about something to do with their own body.
How do we as feminists, try to change this everlasting stigma that surrounds the birth control pill, especially those who work in the medical field?
“This post was edited on 3/21/21 by ZestyGal1.”