How far have you traveled for birth control?

What's the farthest you've traveled for birth control?

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  1. The place where i live has regions where girls and women have to go for miles for control
  2. Istanbul, Turkey
  3. My mother actually started me on birth control, I grew up 7 miles out of a town, so I just had to go to that town to get birth control.
  4. When I was in community college and working a part time job, that didn't provide insurance, I would have my annual gynecological exam at Planned Parenthood, which was just a 20 minute bus ride away, along with lots of other reproductive health information and an offer for any contraception of my choice.
  5. When I got married and soon after our first born Mildred, I sat with my husband to choose what contraceptives to use in our birth control measure, after a long discussion, when agreed on using the moon bead, I just walked to the nearby pharmacy and I was able to access one because I live in an urban centre.
  6. Dans notre communauté, l'unique méthode contraceptive la plus utilisée actuellement c'est l'usage du préservatif. Malheureusement, certains hommes et même les femmes le supportent pas. Les droits reproductifs sont un problème chez nous : beaucoup de mesures ne sont pas prises et les femmes en sont victimes. L'accès à le contraception reste un problème dans la société et dans la mentalité surtout que chez nous en RDC la population est majoritairement analphabète et ne comprenant pas facilement le bien-fondé de cela. Quand bien même des mesures peuvent être prises, elles ne sont conservées que par une minorité des gens. Et en plus, il n'est pas facile à accéder au service de contraception qui se vend, car la consultation, le suivi, le conseil et les préservatifs se vendent alors que les femmes sont dépourvues. Où sont alors les droits de la femme ? N'ont-elles pas des droits sur leurs corps ?
  7. En République Démocratique du Congo, princpalement dans la province du Bas-Congo où règne le système matrilinéaire, on pense que la premirère richesse, ce sont les enfants. Si on couple manque d'enfants, celui-ci reste instable. Ainsi, et le mari, et la femme ainsi que leurs familles respectives ont besoin des enfants. Cette sitiation a longtemps freiné l'accès aux services de contraception. La population trouve que cela n'est pas pas bon et les églises prèchent contre les mesures contraceptives. Mais actuellement grâce à la sensibilisation menée par certaines organisations féminines de défense des droits reproductifs et des femmes, les choses changent quelque peu. cependant beaucoup de femmes qui ont accès à la contraception le font discrètement, parfois contre la volonté de leurs maris et de leurs familles. Et les services de bonne qualité sont rares surtout en milieux ruraux : il faut parcourir plusieurs kilomètres, jusqu'à 6o km parfois.
  8. Au Sénégal où la population est 94% musulmane et 5% chrétienne, l'accès à la contraception est possible, à la demande des femmes. Avant, il fallait déposer une autorisation du mari car seule les femmes mariées y avait droit. Maintenant, toutes les femmes qui le désirent accèdent librement à la contraception. Il y a même des publicités qui appellent les femmes et les filles à contrôler les naissances. Les femmes et les filles n'ont pas besoin de parcourir des kilomètres pour y accéder. En réalité, le discours religieux structure aussi un enjeu de pouvoir et de domination sur les femmes. Mais on n'arrête pas l mer avec ses bras, tout comme on n'arrête pas les droits des femmes avec des discours moyennâgeux. Notre corps nous appartient, c'est à nous de le contrôler!!
  9. I luckily never had to go that far. I live in a city where there are more than one Planned Parenthood.
  10. My mom always taught me that I have a choice when it comes to birth control. Even though I had support from my family, when it came to asking for birth control pills I was embarrassed to go to my doctor. During my senior year of high school, I drove only a few miles away to my local Planned Parenthood. The nurse was so helpful, honest, and knowledgeable that it gave me the confidence to go to directly to my doctor when I needed refills. Now, I'm not afraid to ask for the information I need to make informed choices about my body.
  11. Etant donné que je vis dans la capitale, principalement au Bel-Air, il y a des centres de santé qui se trouvent à proximité de l'endroit ou Je vis et les femmes et les filles fréquentent beaucoup ces centres pour se faire consulter et suivre des traitements au cas ou il y aurait des complications durant leur grossesse. Tel n'est pas le cas pour d'autres endroits de la capitale ou la marche est longue avant de trouver un centre ou une hopitale. Et c'est le même cas de figure pour nos villes de province et pour les habitants qui vivent dans les mornes ou souvent ces femmes et ces filles sont obligées de se lever tot pour parcourir des kilomètres à pied pour arriver à un centre de santé.
  12. We are happy that we don't have to cover very long distances to get contraceptive as compare to before. In Liberia, we just go to any nearby clinic or hospital to get our contraceptive. We are very grateful to our government for helping us .
  13. Before this time women travel long distances to health centers to access contraceptive - this was secretly fair of their husbands. With much advocacy on birth control and health security, both adult and teenage girls now have free access to contraception
  14. I've never had to travel very far to get birth control, but paying the cost hasn't always been easy. NO methods that I EVER used were EVER covered by insurance in the US, and I suppose that is still the case for the vast majority of women. Living in France hasn't always been much easier: sure doctor visits are covered by the national health insurance, but it's a real lottery for oral contraceptives. Only certain brands are covered by the insurance, generally the less expensive ones! I consider myself fortunate to have never been refused access to contraception (married or not), but the attitude of the pharmaceutical & insurance industrires (not to mention the preposterous grandstanding of so-called "religious authorities") is still very much prejudicial to a woman's right to decide when or if she wishes to become pregnant.
  15. When I had my first boyfriend my Mum suggested to go to my GP to get the Pill, no problem! (I was 19). Nowadays I don't need to use contraceptives as my husband had a vasectomy years before we got to know eachother!
  16. I traveled on foot 10 kilometers to access a health center for birth control services.
  17. I did not have the right to contraception. In my country the doctor had given a prescription unfortunately only girls who are sick and can not bear a child..........
  18. I was lucky and got a birth control prescription from a female doctor when I was 19; the pill had just become available to the public in 1962. I had to find the doctor and then I just went to the drug store. It was and should be so simple! I never forgot to take a pill and I'm happy to say I never had children because i wanted to travel and party!
  19. I have never had a problem with purchasing birth control because of my gender. If men had the ability to conceive and have children, there would be no such thing as either an abortion restriction or the entire "pro-life" movement of conservative nitwits. Pro-life = Anti-woman. This is the truth! We need a woman to become the next President of the United States, and we also need to acknowledge the fact that every form of organized religion was created by a man with the sole purpose of serving men while worshipping male (yet completely invisible/nonexistent) gods in the sky. We will always need Planned Parenthood much more than we will ever need the NRA. In fact, I can think of many men whose mothers would have done a great favor to by considering medical plans that included abortion. What is Ted Nugent's mother decided to get an abortion? In hindsight...
  20. When I started college in Madison, WI in 1970 it was illegal for unmarried women to get the Pill. It was a widely known secret that there was a doctor who would give prescriptions, no questions asked, so I made the short trek to his office. I don't remember his name, just remember a distinguished looking, kind African American man (probably not as old he seemed to me then) who saved me from unwanted pregnancies. I will be forever grateful to him.
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