The evolution of birth control was a breakthrough that provided freedom and opportunity to women. From 1930 to 1960, the most popular female contraceptive was Lysol disinfectant, which was advertised as a feminine hygiene product. Really?!!! Fortunately birth control pills revolutionized the way women approached sex, fertility and their freedom in decision making about their bodies and their role in society.
Fortunately, the Patient Protection and Affordability Actâ€”a.k.a Obamacareâ€” can save women lots of money by providing options for free contraceptives. This includes oral birth-control pills, emergency contraceptives (i.e. the morning-after pill), diaphragms, as well as services like sterilization, patient counseling and education about contraception options. Say what you will about who you voted for, this act has already made a difference in alot of women’s lives including a drop in teen pregnancy and abortions.
Now, women have even more options for birth control. These choices are more effective in preventing pregnancy, more cost effective and have fewer side effects than some of the older options. Long-term birth control options (IUD, Norplant) and their benefits are mentioned in this article.