Today I marched into my OB’s office and got myself a shiny new long acting reversible contraception/LARC installed. I keep calling it a LARP but that’s another thing entirely. IUDs/LARCs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and perfect use is pretty much guaranteed. No missed pills or whoopsies with the condom. The hormonal IUD delivers the smallest dose of progesterone available reducing little discussed but potentially catastrophic side effect of thrombosis attributed to the higher dose hormones in the pill. LARCs are now recommended as first line contraception to sexually active adolescents as well. They are the second coming of female birth control (if you want to get all sacrilegious about it).
My first LARC back in 2010 cost about $250 with insurance. How much was today’s? Zero dollars. Not even a co-pay. ACA preventative care, my dove.
Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, as prescribed by a health care provider for women with reproductive capacity (not including abortifacient drugs). This does not apply to health plans sponsored by certain exempt “religious employers.”
(AHEM HOBBY LOBBY). So no access for employees on their health plans.
But back to my day: whimmy wham wham wazzle no unintended pregnancy for me, no paying for unintended pregnancy for my insurance company. As my bestie CB has been known to say, THANKS OBAMA!
Seriously though let’s lean in on male BC ’cause I love not getting pregnant but I feel like I got punched in the uterus right now (that lasts about 48 hrs).
***Remember kids, only barrier methods can protect you from STDs***