Have you seen this yet? If you haven’t, take a seat. It’s not very long but it makes a great point.
It uses parody to change the perspective on the purchase of birth control. A young man awkwardly asks his father if he can see his, ‘man doctor,’ then receives an uncomfortable examination from a female doctor, then has to go through the embarrassment and financial strain of obtaining his prescription without insurance.
Wow, who would ever want to go through all of that to remain baby-free?
Now, we’re not saying that it’s not embarrassing to buy condoms. And we’re also not saying this is the way things should be. But for those who don’t have to routinely visit their, ‘woman,’ doctor to get birth control, or wait for the whole mess that is getting a prescription, it could lend them a little insight into the madness of obtaining birth control.
But my favorite part of this video is the father. My mother freaked out the first time I asked for birth control– and it was to control my periods, not because I was having sex. She was open to the idea, but she maintained that I must not tell anyone, not even hint at the fact, because then boys would think I was easy and no one in our community would respect me. In the end, she decided to not take me to see the OB/GYN and took me to get a prescription for extra-strength pain-killers instead, a medication that is vastly more problematic than the mini-pill.
Because she was afraid of what people would think about me using a medication for a medical reason. And even if I wasn’t? The neighbors don’t know what I take to combat my asthma. Why would they need to know about my pill?
One thing we have a minor disagreement with: the video presents visiting a doctor for a prescription as being ridiculous. For condoms, oh yes, it’s very ridiculous. But for birth control? The hormones in birth control aren’t harmful, but a doctor may have good insight on what would work best for you given your health, relationship, and family history. There are like a billion different types of pills, let alone adding the shot, the patch, the ring, the implant, and the IUD to the mix! Even if you’re using hormonal contraception, it’s a good idea to see one regularly to get tested for STDs, no matter what gender you are.
But the main point of the video is sound, and it really shows in the final segment, where the young man realizes that he forgot to fill his prescription and asks his girlfriend to be in charge of their birth control for once.
Remember, everyone in a relationship, no matter if it’s a one night stand or a marriage of many years, is in charge of birth control. Whether it’s condoms, hormonal birth control, or even some of the experimental forms of non-hormonal male birth control being tested, everyone is responsible for staying safe.