Because health shouldn't be used for political bargain
Here’s the letter I have sent to Mr. Limbaugh:
My name is Rafa Lombardino and I’m deeply disgusted by your attitude against women who take birth control pills.
I am 31 years old, have been married for 10 years, started taking birth control pills at 20 years of age and, in addition to having a daughter who is 3 1/2 years old, I’m currently 4 months pregnant. Do you classify me as a “slut” or “prostitute”?
Have you ever heard of dysmenorrhea? What about endometriosis? Do ovarian cysts ring any bell?
Since I’m currently pregnant after planning for our second child, I’m not taking birth control pills at the moment. However, I have an ovarian cyst growing alongside my baby boy. We’re keeping an eye on it, in case it becomes a bigger threat to my health and pregnancy. Birth control has made it possible for me not to have ovarian cysts formed during my cycles while we were not trying to get pregnant and focusing on the formative years of our first born.
Can you understand the fact that birth control pills are also a medication and, one of the benefits of having a hormonal treatment is that you can plan your pregnancy when the time is right for you and your partner to start a family? Can you understand that birth control pills are NOT like condoms or medication for erectile dysfunction, in that women DO NOT need to take a pill EVERY TIME they have sexual intercourse? Can you understand that women are fighting to have coverage for birth control pills as either a family planning solution OR much needed hormonal treatment?
If health insurances cover erectile dysfunction pills, whose only purpose is to allow men to have an erection in order to have sex, why should birth control pills and other treatments related to a woman’s reproduction health be banned from coverage? I will never need a prescription for Viagra, but is it right to say that men have no right to this medication because, if they do, my insurance premiums will go up? What about uppers and downers, who do treat legitimate diseases such as depression and anxiety, but are abused by people who only want to benefit from their side effects for recreational purposes? Should we get Xanax, Prozac and Oxycodone, among others, out of the list of covered medication?
Birth control pills come in monthly packs of 21 or 28 tablets that you take once a day. The first 21 pills have the hormonal treatment a woman’s body needs to either prevent pregnancy when the time is not right OR treat an array of conditions. The remaining pills are either placebo or contain iron, a much need element during menstrual cycles, since some women may experience an iron deficiency for that week because of the excessive blood loss.
When I was a kid, I had a 12-year-old friend who was not sexually active at all. She was on birth control to treat a condition in her still-forming uterus. I have a 41-year-old friend who has never been able to have kids due to a reproductive condition, but she has always been on birth control pills to treat other illnesses.
Please, stop attacking women’s reproductive and health rights. Please, learn more about the matter before you disseminate misinformation. Please, do not talk about things you don’t know and don’t generalize something such as the sexuality of women taking birth control pills.