Wednesday, May 17, 2006

the last time I checked, I wasn't an incubator.

Not My Spot pointed me to a Washington Post article about health care professionals treating women of reproductive age as if they are constantly on the brink of pregnancy.

I am of two minds on this. On the one hand, I am not a child producing machine. Yes, I can do so (or at least have all the right plumbing) but that is not my goal in life. It's not even one of my goals in life.

On the other hand, I think anything that will encourage doctors to actually talk to their patients about reproduction, birth control and sexual health is a good thing. But it's not a matter of making sure women are taking their folic acid, it's a matter of providing education so that the 50% of pregnancies that are unplanned become more of a thing of the past. If you don't have the facts about pregnancy and prevention, I don't think an expensive bottle of folic acid is going to fix things. It's a start, but it's the wrong approach. It gets around the Bible bangers a little because the doctors have to talk about sex, or at least the results of sex, sort of. But it doesn't help the poor kid who asks the pharmacy employee where the pregnancy tests are and then says, "I just new I'd get pregnant the first time I swallowed."*

*Actual comment heard by a friend of mine who worked in a pharmacy.

1 comment:

DecemberFlower said...

That swallowing comment reminds me of a lot of the things I read when researching sex education in this country. Something is seriously wrong when boys want to know where their cervix is.