Chart of the Day: Birth control efficacy

So, a few disclaimers. Huff Po put together an infographic on women’s birth control use and misconceptions about various methods’ efficacy based on new data from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. There are some problems here. I don’t like that the focus is solely on women because not all people who can get pregnant are women and the partners of those who can should also shoulder the burden of navigating BC options. I’m also not wild about the “What Women Say” vs. “What Science Says” set-up (Silly Moon Goddess of the Earth vs. Facts), which obscures the project’s central critique: our education and health care systems fail to inform people of their best options.

Buuuuuuut. With all that being said, the systemic failure is still apparent and — product of this systemic failure of sex ed that I am — I learned a bit about birth control. You can check out the original post here.

Birth control infographics

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  1. Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    It bothers me a lot that we think we can decide for a woman what her “best options” are by looking at statistics like these. Just because most of the women who use Fertility Awareness Methods don’t do it perfectly doesn’t mean that I can’t, or won’t, or that it is automatically not the best option for me. And I’m fucking sick of doctors and nurses giving me side-eye every time I tell them that I’m not on the pill.

    Hormonal birth control is expensive, made me feel like a walking bag of raving ass while I was on it, and was harder for me to use perfectly than FAM. I’ve been using FAM for more than five years now without any trouble. Perhaps the problems with non-hormonal methods is also due to a lack of education???

  2. Posted October 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    @ Bex,

    I 100% agree with you. The Pill made me feel INSANE and it wasn’t really after going off it (after being on for a decade) that I realize the negative impact it had on me.

    I think part of the problem too is that these articles lump all contexts into one. Would I recommend FAM to my 17 year old niece or daughter? No, I wouldn’t, but that doesn’t make it a less viable option for me (or you, or any other woman).

    There seems to be A LOT of resistance on this site to any other kind of birth control that ISN’T hormonal, and I really wonder why that is. It seems really counter to everything we are trying to accomplish.

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