The Ins and Outs of Birth Control and Everything Your School Should Have Taught You

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By Raven Ishak | Originally Published Sep 23, 2018 on The Chill Times | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

Last week, women across the web expressed their frustrations and concerns over the comments that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearing. His conservative perception of contraceptives, especially women’s birth control, sparked outrage as he claimed that some forms of birth control are “abortion-inducing drugs,” after Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz inquired about his dissent of Priests for Life v. the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

While it’s not 100 percent certain that Kavanaugh is said to believe in these arguments himself, as people are claiming he was just reiterating the statements made by Priests for Life, it is concerning to hear these words in conjunction with his other views of women’s rights issues during such a tumultuous time for women.

For most women who are sexually active, birth control is a safe way to prevent pregnancy or help some who are dealing with ovarian/uterine issues such as endometriosis or PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). “Birth control allows you to take ‘control’ to prevent pregnancy and to get pregnant on your own terms,” says Dr. Sherry A. Ross, Women’s Health Expert and Author of she-ologyThe Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. “Luckily, we have many choices in selecting a birth control that works best for a woman and her specific concerns.”

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