Thats 6,750 days that Ive been duplicating an action, not counting the days I forgot and shoveled 3 in my mouth in pure panic.Birth control pills are an extremely huge deal. Now I have the alternative of birth control that can offer me peace of mind for longer than 24 hours. Holy shit.Im getting an IUD rather than continuing to take birth control pills for one reason, and one reason just: Im afraid. Theres an uninhabited Supreme Court seat and Im scared that no matter what, this abominable President and outrageous administration who can seemingly do whatever evil they want will fill that seat with someone whose first priority will be to re-write the history of femaless health.My birth control pills are free right now. It may sound cynical, however when you have a working uterus and no desire to have kids and no say in Supreme Court decisions, you tend to worry.Taking my last pill should not matter much, Im still going to have a method of birth control, however it did get me thinking of how much womens lives are marked by periods (no pun intended) of time.Pre-menstrual, menstrual, post-menstrual, regular monthly durations, daily tablets, nine-month pregnancies, years of menopause.
In 10 days Im getting an IUD. It will last 5 years. And after that my next IUD will last 5 more. And after that my body will not have the ability to make children anymore. Ive been on the tablet since I was 18 years old. Half my life. Thats 6,750 days that Ive been repeating an action, not counting the days I shoveled and forgot 3 in my mouth in pure panic.Birth control tablets are a huge deal. Theyve been this ever-present “thing” in my life since the Venn diagram of getting my duration and being sexually active started to gel. And theyve really been the only technique of birth control offered to me. Now I have the option of contraception that can give me assurance for longer than 24 hours. Contraception that doesnt depend on outdoors sources, or schedule. Holy shit.Im getting an IUD rather than continuing to take contraceptive pill for one reason, and one factor only: Im scared. Theres an uninhabited Supreme Court seat and Im scared that no matter what, this abominable President and outrageous administration who can seemingly do whatever evil they want will fill that seat with someone whose very first priority will be to re-write the history of ladiess health.My birth control pills are totally free today. I believe thats going to end. Abortion is legal today. I believe thats going to end, too. Im getting an IUD due to the fact that The Handmaids Tale is fiction, in the meantime. It may sound pessimistic, however when you have a working uterus and no desire to have children and no say in Supreme Court decisions, you tend to worry.Taking my last tablet should not matter much, Im still going to have a technique of birth control, but it did get me believing of how much womens lives are marked by periods (no pun intended) of time.Pre-menstrual, menstrual, post-menstrual, month-to-month durations, everyday tablets, nine-month pregnancies, years of menopause. Age and time have a result on us that they dont have on males. Our really bodies keep time, like human metronomes. What magnificent thing to be relied on with. Its as if development looked at both genders and said, “weve got a schedule to keep– you know what … she should do it.”I love that, the tide-like circulation of having a body with chapters. And I dislike that our world has actually turned into a place that makes that terrific ability, that specialness, a tool for dominance and control. There is a worry of the uncontrollability of women, and a sick notion that laws and rulings may “fix” that.I am not to be managed. My body is a wrist watch of the Earth. It ought to be revered, relied upon, and looked after. Instead its a political bargaining chip, a line product. Im getting an IUD so that bad guys with power never ever have a goddamn thing to do with my body.Its my decision, it doesnt have to work for everyone. There is really little peace of mind I can provide myself in a time when the news cycle seems more plucked from fever dream by the 2nd. (Asbestos? Seriously?) This will set my mind at ease. And whatever legal changes might come, I understand that the females of this country, myself included, will never stop defending what is right for females, specifically when wrongs are being bied far by guys. These are our bodies, our siblings bodies, our children bodies, and when it pertains to them, we are dependable, resolved, and unrelenting. Like clockwork.This material was originally released here.