Today I went in to get my IUD changed out. I have lost count over the years but this has to be at least my fifth one. Despite that I was quite nervous. Daddy said he would be there in spirit and gave me a pep talk via text. After I got situated on the table using that lovely piece of paper to cover what I could I decided I needed my purse stuffie. So I quickly jumped off the table wrapping myself in paper and grabbed Whitey. I stuck him in the pocket of my sweatshirt so I could hold him without the doctor seeing. The thing was swapped out and I was burning up on the verge of a pass out. A bottle of water and the nurse fanning me and I was good. It seriously wasn’t that bad I think my nerves get the best of me. I took the whole day off and I’m watching My Little Pony snug at home feeling a little crampy but relieved I’m done for another five years.
As I was getting undressed I had the passing thought Damn it sucks to be a woman. Very quickly I thought NOPE not true. I have so many options for birth control and the ability to control my own sex life. Something that just a very short time ago was difficult if not impossible. I find that a blessing for myself and my three daughters.
A few facts courtesy: http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/health-info/a-brief-history-of-birth-control/
1873 The Comstock Act passed in the United States prohibiting advertisements, information, and distribution of birth control and allowing the postal service to confiscate birth control sold through the mail.
1916 Margaret Sanger opens first birth control clinic in the United States. The next year she was deemed guilty of maintaining a public nuisance and sentenced to jail for 30 days. Once released, she re-opened her clinic and continued to persevere through more arrests and prosecutions.
1965 The Supreme Court (in Griswold v. Connecticut) gave married couples the right to use birth control, ruling that it was protected in the Constitution as a right to privacy. However, millions of unmarried women in 26 states were still denied birth control.
1972 The Supreme Court (in Baird v. Eisenstadt) legalized birth control for all citizens of this country, irrespective of marital status.