Feminist Friday: “Reproductive Healthcare” Isn’t Just about Reproduction

This week’s Feminist Friday Discussion is hosted at Part Time Monster. Feel free to chime in as the discussion often runs for a few days.

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I used birth control long before I had sex. Years before, in fact. Why? And why am I opening with such a personal statement? Because for the better part of my adult life, I have needed birth control pills to treat heavy periods that lasted 7-8 days and PMDD.  Starting a week or so before my period, I experience severe mood swings. My panic attacks worsen.  I get irritable and angry. I have, in the past, had a Xanax prescription just for these weeks, to take away the crying jags and heart-in-throat panic attacks. Those make me tired, though, and the PMDD on its own makes me lethargic. A day or two into my period, the PMDD slows down, but then I’m stuck with cramps and a heavy flow for another 5 days or so. And I don’t mean little stomach cramps—I mean that my stomach and back hurt so badly…

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8 thoughts on “Feminist Friday: “Reproductive Healthcare” Isn’t Just about Reproduction

  1. Hayley Knighten

    I’m glad people are taking about this. I had the same experience of being prescribed birth control for incredibly painful periods through middle school and high school long before I was sexually active.

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  2. Beth Caplin

    Heck I even have devoutly Catholic friends using birth control for the above reasons, some even for extreme acne. Perhaps it should be called something other than just “birth control.” Like…body regulation pills?

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    1. Natacha Guyot Post author

      You bring a good point, which tackles the issue of labels that can exist. If calling birth control something else would help change mentalities, it would be great. I am unsure it would be the case, but it could be an avenue worth exploring.

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