Medical treatment

Birth control is also a medical treatment

Birth control is the reason I even have a child. If the state of Texas follows its abortion ban with an attack on birth control, it will negatively impact the health and fertility of many people.

After a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion showing the court was prepared to completely repeal federal abortion protections, Texans began preparing for the worst. Whether Roe vs. Wade is overturned, within 30 days a “triggering law” in the state will ban all abortions except for medical necessity and make it a crime. Republican-controlled states like Louisiana and Tennessee have signaled they will tackle banning some forms of birth control next. Some experts believe it’s only a matter of time before Texas follows suit, although Governor Greg Abbott has been cautious about whether he will attempt to take the step.

It’s time to remember that birth control isn’t just a way to prevent pregnancy. It is a medical necessity for millions of people.

My wife started having extremely painful periods as a teenager, and by the turn of the century they became almost unbearable. The pain was so intense that her mother, who had been a nurse for almost 50 years at the time, thought it was ovarian cancer. Luckily, a doctor discovered that it was actually endometriosis, a disease of the reproductive system that causes uterine tissue to grow in places where it’s not supposed to. The disease affects up to 10% of Americans with a uterus, and for a variety of reasons, mostly gender-based, can go undiagnosed for up to ten years.

My wife had the first of three laser surgeries to remove tissue from her ovaries, which gave her almost immediate relief. Her doctor told her there were three treatment options: she could have an oophorectomy, she could have a child (this sometimes “reboots” the system), or she could take a hormonal contraceptive to delay the spread. Being young, single and fresh out of college looking for a job, she chose birth control.

This was before the Affordable Care Act, so she ran into an immediate problem. Every time she started a new job, it was a roll of the dice to see if her birth control would be covered at all. Even if that were the case, his endometriosis would sometimes be classified as a pre-existing condition and specific brands that have been shown to help him would not be covered. Once the Great Recession hit, we were often forced to choose between birth control and rent. So the endometriosis receded twice and required more surgeries in addition to pain.

The constant attack from her own body and the fact that the ovaries don’t like being shot at with lasers has severely affected her fertility. Once we were married, it would take us five years and thousands of dollars of fertility treatments to conceive, something that might never have been necessary if she had just been able to continue taking birth control regularly until we were ready. let’s be ready to have a child. Even her priest told her she had a “pass” to use birth control because it was to preserve her ability to give birth. When the Catholic Church is the voice of moderation on birth control, things have gone wrong.

She’s not alone either. More than one million Americans take birth control for reasons other than contraception. Susie McGowan, tech writer at Tomball, first discovered something was wrong when she started bleeding profusely from her vagina while working at Walmart at the age of 18. Her mother took her to the doctor and put her on birth control, which slowed the flow. and relieved the painful cramps that accompanied it. Now she wears an IUD that completely stops her periods.

“Before, the pill controlled my flow and the days off were limited to about four a month,” she says. “Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do anything but sit or lie down without excruciating pain.”

Scarlett Fontenot, shipping and receiving manager at Orange, has a similar story. She started missing school when she was a pre-teen due to severe pain when she had her period. The birth control her doctor prescribed limited her periods to four times a year, but each time she is without insurance, it can cost $300. It’s a tough choice if she wants to stay employed.

“Without the pill, I would probably lose my job,” she says. “I ended up missing work every time I had my period. The pain would be unbearable. Birth control helps me lead a normal life.

One condition that birth control is essential for treating is polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS is one of the most common diseases of the female reproductive system, affecting up to 5 million Americans. Along with life-threatening conditions like diabetes and stroke, it’s one of the leading causes of infertility.

Irene Liner, a graduate student from Brookshire, suffers from severe PCOS associated with hormonal imbalance. He formed several massive cysts on his baseball-sized ovaries. Birth control is the only thing that has given her relief.

“Even though taking the pill isn’t my favorite thing in the world because of the side effects, it makes it easier for me,” she says. “Without the pill, I often have pain as cysts develop on my ovaries. With birth control, I have manageable pain, predictable periods, slightly lighter flows, slowed cyst growth and mild mood regulation.

There are thousands of people in Texas who need birth control for reasons other than birth control. If the state decided to limit access, it would leave a large part of the population in great pain and deeply affect their quality of life. Ironically, it would also prevent many of them from being able to conceive when and if they want.

Unfortunately, Texas puts few resources to help in this regard. It is one of only two states that does not cover hormonal contraceptives for minors under the CHIP program. Because he denied Medicaid expansion, low-income adults cannot receive government money to help cover the cost of birth control. Low-cost birth control is often available through organizations like Planned Parenthood, but decades of Republican-led attacks have resulted in nearly half of people seeking birth control from Planned Parenthood in the State couldn’t get it.

This will keep many people in agony and destroy their reproductive systems if the state then targets access to birth control.