Five Tips For Surviving the Coming Contraceptive Apocalypse
It's hard out there for a loose lady.
Religious leaders and Republicans have once again joined forces against birth control, in in apparent effort to ensure heterosexuals across the land will forever fear unplanned pregnancies, or cease fornicating altogether.
Earlier this year, right-wingers put Planned Parenthood in jeopardy, and they're now making a stink about the requirement that all employers offer contraceptive coverage in Obama's Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Roman Catholic bishops have joined forces with leaders of other religions to protest Obama's plan. The holy men oppose any birth control that prevents pregnancy after fertilization, or as they call it, abortion. (Doctors deny that any birth control methods covered by the provision would actually cause a woman to abort, but whatevs.)
Considering this upheaval in women's and reproductive rights, the sexually proficient women of Miami should start gearing up for a contraceptive apocalypse. Here's how to keep yourself from making babies when you make love, even after your trusty pill is outlawed by conservative clergymen's efforts.
Try Foster Friess' magic aspirin trick from the 1800s
billionaire behind the Red, White and Blue Fund, a super PAC supporting
Rick Santorum's presidential campaign, thinks birth control ain't no
Friess said in an MSNBC interview on Thursday that back in
his day, "they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it
between their knees, and it wasn't that costly."
There you have it, ladies! Let's all forget our NuvaRings and stick to this one.
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one's church-approved, which makes a lot of sense: It's more of a family planning
tool than straight-out birth control, plus it's difficult to use and
older than your abuela. It's probably impossible to find, actually.
effectiveness of the Rhythmeter (or the rhythm method in general) is
debatable, especially because its creator, Dr. John C. Rock of Harvard
Medical School, was all for the switch to hormonal methods. So for the sexually active gal who doesn't know the ways of her uterus, use of this tricky gadget
could lead to sleepless nights peeing on sticks or hauling down flights
of stairs. But hey -- it's a small price to pay for God's love, right?
Good ol' rubbers
is actually not a bad alternative: Condoms are available in every
corner of Miami and free of age restrictions; they protect against
certain sexually transmitted diseases; and they're especially convenient
for those spur-of-the-moments romps.
is the 3% chance your prophylactic will slip off or break mid-coitus,
and the uncomfortable sensation of... no sensation.
Option #3 not intimate enough? There's always the pullout method. Sure, it's risky. But that's just how you live your life, isn't it, you sexual libertine?
to herb lore, pennyroyal was used as a cooking herb by ancient Greeks
and Romans, but has since devolved into a poisonous plant used in
abortifacient teas for hippies.
It's said that pennyroyal can be
used to get rid of pests, stomach upset, and even farts. But when mixed
with blue cohosh, an herb that brings on late periods, pennyroyal tea
will (allegedly) cast embryos from any womb.
plant's oil is a known lethal poison and some mysterious deaths from the
19th Century may have been caused by the killer brew. Still, Kurt Cobain swore
it worked wonders for his friends' unwanted pregnancies. Just kidding! He actually said "it never worked."
And this, fornicators, is life after birth control.
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