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I was being silly and got into an argument about whether religious companies should cover birth control in their insurance and got told that I “didn’t understand how abortion by birth control works” because I posted about how birth control was physically incapable of causing an abortion.
Just all the face palms.
On March 25, lawyers of for-profit corporations will argue at the Supreme Court that employers should be able to deny workers access to birth control. I just put my name on a giant banner that will be displayed at the Court to show the Justices where I stand. Add yours!
Can you imagine walking into a pharmacy to buy ibuprofen and, finding that it was kept behind the pharmacy counter, you ask the pharmacist if you can buy some and are told no. The pharmacist doesn’t believe in selling ibuprofen, and unfortunately the sales associate on shift doesn’t either. It’s against their religion. You’re out of luck.
It sounds funny, but if you go to a CVS pharmacy for emergency contraception, or to refill a monthly birth control prescription, their corporate policy allows employees to refuse to serve you in the store, even if there isn’t anyone else on duty who’s willing to do so. Is there another store to go to? If you’re in an urban center, have time on your hands, are very mobile and have access to transportation, sure. If you’re in a rural area or have difficulties getting around, you may be out of luck at one of the largest pharmacy chains in the country.
It’s become something of a fad these days for certain people to try and prove their righteousness in public by refusing to do their jobs so they can try to interfere in the health care decisions of strangers. CVS has a policy that allows this kind of shirking of professional responsibility by its employees. But if CVS wants to be seen as a health care provider, as they say they do, they need to prioritize the needs of their customers.
CVS, a company that takes in more prescription revenue than any other pharmacy in the United States, should ensure that there is always someone on duty at each of their stores who’s willing to meet customers’ needs for legal, preventative health care.
Sign the petition: CVS must guarantee in-store access to all forms of contraception.
Microgestin and comparable Birth Control Brand Names
Microgestin is norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol
other norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol brands of birth control pill include:
If you see any of these with the word Lo infront of it it is a lower dose, any of these with Fe after it is a 28 day pill, where no Fe means it is a 21 day pill. If it ends in 1/20 it is 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol and 1 micrograms of Norethindrone. if it ends with 1.5/30 it is 30 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol and 1.5 micrograms of Norethindrone, 1/35 is 35 mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 1 mcg of Norethindrone.
Birth Control/ Contraceptives Review for Microgestin Fe (produced by Watson)
Name- Microgestin Fe (21 progesterone/estrogen combo pills, 7 iron supplements)
Form- 28 day pill pack
Insurance Covered- Yes, but the price is 32.99 for noninsured people.
Usage- Continuous use at or around the same time every day, I use it for menstruation reasons
How it affects my periods- Before, I would have a 6 day, heavy period with moderate cramping. Now I have a 3 to 4 day period with a mild to medium flow and light cramping. I’ve also noticed that my pre-period acne breakouts have lessened. The off days are covered with iron supplements, so people who become slightly anemic during their periods have an extra boost.
Ease of Use: Fairly easy. The pill is relatively small and dry swallowing is entirely possible for those that prefer to take pills without water/liquid beverages. The pills come in a square pack that has the weeks of the month and the days plotted out so that it’s easy to keep track of whether or not a pill has been missed.
Pregnancy/STD’s while on the pill: I am not sexually active, so I am not qualified to answer this portion of the review.
Length of time taking the pill: 11 months
Side effects: ome of the side effects I had at the beginning were moodiness (majorly, my mother actually called my doctor to ask if it was normal and it is for the first two months), spotting, and the odd cramp outside of my off week. As I adjusted to it, the moodiness, spotting, and cramps went away. I haven’t experienced any major side effects since, though my breast size has increased slightly, which I was not expecting but apparently can happen.
-Microgestin Fe and Junel Fe are completely interchangeable. My original prescription was for Junel Fe, but when I switched to a new physician, they placed me on Microgestin and explained that they were the same formula and pill, just with different packaging. Junel Fe is also covered by insurance.
-If you are taking thyroid hormones, Microgestin Fe can still be used, but extra monitoring of your dose/condition will be needed.
-This particular contraceptive does not cause weight gain on it’s own, but I was warned by my doctor that feelings of hunger and cravings when one has just eaten or should not yet be hungry are common. I have found this to be true, but usually just during my period.
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- what it’s made of
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