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Birth control in the has stirred up quite a controversy in recent days as access to free birth control pills has become harder in the U.S. under the current administration. Women have taken to the streets with banners and signs to protest this decision. After all, it’s their body, their choice!

Being a sensitive subject, it is surrounded by all sorts of ethical, religious and moral relic. Is it right or wrong? Should it be allowed or not? How young is too young? The answers are quite subjective. To each her own.  Well, whatever the stance, you can’t undermine the medical importance of it. Stats and figures are backed by evidence and data collected over the past several years. Fake news? No. It’s fact. Let’s check it out.

In 2017, the revenue generated from over the counter oral birth control pills amounted to $366 million! (1) This is the highest it’s been in the past 8 years. Despite these figures, data reveals that there an estimated 38 million women in the United States that are still in need of contraceptive tools and services.

Many women get their supplies from public funded family planning clinics scattered across America, but they don’t even meet half the demand for contraceptive tools. Furthermore, legislators are cutting funds for these clinics. So, men (with no formal medical background) get to decide what’s best for women’s health. Maybe that’s why they fail to understand that the birth control pill isn’t used for just preventing pregnancies.

Let’s enlighten them by answering a couple of basic questions, shall we?

What is birth control and why is it so important?

Birth control or contraception not only prevents pregnancy but helps you control pregnancy timing and spacing between consecutive pregnancies. This allows the mother and baby to maintain their health. It provides women with time to plan their families and careers so they can advance in the workplace.

What is a birth control pill and what is it used for?

It’s medication that’s made up of synthetic hormones, namely progesterone and estrogen. Single and combination pills are available in the market. That’s what makes it applicable to so many other conditions.

Other uses include:

  • Menstrual disorders
  • Helps with irregular menstrual cycles
  • Used for moderate to severe acne treatment
  • Lowers the risk of ectopic pregnancies
  • Helps with heavy bleeding during menstruation
  • Reduce menstrual cramps

For any more questions you may have about birth control and family planning methods you can get expert medical advice from online doctors at My Live Doctors. Download this doctor availability app on your smartphone for FREE and connect instantly. Look up your doctor, book your doctor appointment online and even get a prescription online too! This is one of the best medical apps for patients to get an online medical consultation from the comfort of your own home!

Your doctor decides which pills are best suited for your condition. Even though most of them are OTC drugs, make sure you talk to your doctor first and are sure how to go about using them and for how long. As with any pill, they come with a long list of side-effects.

Some birth control pills require a daily dose. Missing a couple of pills here and there can mess up your cycle and frankly, sometimes it’s hard to remember where you left off. Your online doctor can monitor your medicine intake remotely and is only a click away if you need to ask a question or need a refill prescription! For quick, reliable and expert advice you can contact a Physician or specialist online at Confide in your doctor and discuss your thoughts on birth control. You both can create a plan based on your life goals, health concerns and convenience.

Are there other types of birth control?

Yes! Other contraceptive methods or birth control types are:

  • Internal and external condoms
  • Intra-uterine devices
  • Natural methods
  • Emergency contraception

Birth control can save lives! Research says that planning pregnancies not only reduces maternal and infant mortality, but there are fewer HIV transmissions and of course the obvious-fewer abortions, particularly unsafe abortions.(2)

While disputes about birth control rage on, it’s more likely you’ll find women who testify to being benefited by it rather than not. People in power don’t realize that it’s not just about a pill, it’s a lifestyle. It’s about planning and making life decisions. It could literally be a matter of life and death for someone. So yes, this is why women should have a choice. It’s the power it gives you- a chance at a healthy and safe life for you and your children!