As physicians, we see every day how access to contraception improves our patients’ lives. We know that it is crucial to women’s well-being and their children’s health, because access to contraception empowers patients to achieve their life goals, and gives them autonomy to care for and support their families, and otherwise participate in society.
The most reliable forms of birth control are often too expensive to afford out of pocket. Because we believe everyone should be able to choose the method that meets their health needs, we are fighting to keep the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage.
As this coverage is threatened, it is critical that we continue to speak out for comprehensive education, access, and financial coverage of all contraceptive methods so that patients are able to choose what is right for them. No one should be denied birth control because of where they work, their income, their age, or their geography.
Patients face a variety of obstacles on the way to getting the contraception that's best for them.
Before the Affordable Care Act, access to contraception varied based on a person's insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, women could find the right contraceptive method without worrying about high costs. But this contraception benefit is being threatened, and we are working to preserve it.
Although the ability to plan and space pregnancies is essential to women's health and well-being, many people have difficulty accessing either the prescription or the pharmacy. Our doctors are speaking out about access.
While many think of birth control as just the pill, some of the most reliable forms of birth control include long acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs and implants. Many women may not know they have access to these effective options through the contraception benefit of the Affordable Care Act. We work to educate patients about their options.
This week, I had a patient who I could not give the birth control she wanted because we are not a Title X clinic and […]
In my early twenties, I left my teaching job to go to graduate school. My husband is self-employed, so without my employer-sponsored health insurance, we […]
Dr. Kristyn Brandi wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times about the importance of birth control access.
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My birth control also helps mitigate migraine headaches. As a self-employed person, missing work due to the pain of a migraine means losing income. I […]
I have anemia, horrible cramps, and other drastic hormonal changes from my menstrual cycles and have used hormonal birth control for the past seven years. […]
I am a medical student. At this time in my life, I am not ready for children. And, more importantly, I do want children. I […]
After my first child was born in 2011, I was unable to afford birth control. My husband was working three jobs, and I stayed home […]
As a teenager, my mother did her best to be accessible when it came to questions about sex. But even with her openness, I was […]
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