8:35 am - 03/28/2012

Back Up Your Birth Control: Combating Misinfo

Today marks the 11th annual Back Up Your Birth Control (a U.S. national campaign to increase awareness of and access to emergency contraception) Day of Action. This year's theme, EC=BC, is dedicated to combating misinformation about emergency contraception.

As you probably already know, we have a Thing against misinformation here in VP as well as a similar mission to combat it.

So today we'd like to know: What misinformation have you heard/read regarding emergency contraception and how have you responded to it? Responding can mean speaking up in that instance, of course, but it can also mean things like doing research to clarify facts for next time.

Please keep in mind that VP's policies on safe space and abortion debate still apply here. We are quite interested in respectful discussion and providing correct facts, not so much in disparaging comments and name calling.

For the VP Team
anthylorrel 28th-Mar-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I think the biggest myth I have heard, especially down here in the south where I live now, is that many people seem to think that Plan B and the abortion pill are the same thing.
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Absolutely this. ARGH. It doesn't help that researchers can't fully rule out the infinitesimal chance that sometimes, EC's withdrawal bleed dislodges an implanted blastocyst. Science just doesn't work in absolutes like that, but some people need that reassurance.

As for Copper IUDs as EC, I was told that it works by killing the zygote and preventing implantation. NOPE SO WRONG.

Luckily, I started having potentially baby-making sex when I was 25, so I didn't pay attention to what my peers said about BC until my peers were way more experienced and educated than I. Therefore, I haven't encountered a whole lot of misinformation.

One that I did remember holding: You can use any hormonal birth control pill as EC if you take enough of it. This doesn't seem to be really the case.

In high school, my English teacher told us about myths he had heard from former students at another school. The one that stuck with me the most? Douching with Coca Cola.
fallconsmate 28th-Mar-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
i had two friends in high school get caught (i guess that makes three, if you count the young man in one case) on the "you cant get pregnant if its your first time" scenario.

one girl went on to have her baby, the other one didnt and carried a huge burden of self-inflicted shame for it.
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I can already tell this whole post is going to have the most depressing comment threads in a while.
fallconsmate 28th-Mar-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
misinformation IS a terrible thing.

and with parents screaming at the schools "dont teach my young person about responsible sex!!" then refusing to teach their children about sex themselves, it'll only get worse. ESPECIALLY in this new backwards-moving era of states making laws about women having to justify their HBC choices to their employers!

TheEngineer has learned to tread VERY carefully around me on certain subjects, he has indeed.
anthylorrel 28th-Mar-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
My younger sister and her friends seem to think that it is ok to use soap up inside of their vaginas. They put liquid soap on their fingers and swirl it around up in there. It makes me cringe just like that whole douching with Coca Myth did. I can only imagine the terribad yeast infection you would get from all that damn sugar. I told my sister that it is bad for her to put soap up there and she just shrugged it off because she's not had a problem from it. then again, she uses scented tampons as well, which also make me cringe.
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
Why does she use soap? Does she think her vagina needs to be cleaned, or does she think it's a treatment for something/EC?

I wish all the best to your sister's besieged vagina.

PS now I'm very grateful that my sister started using a DivaCup when she went on a three month trip to India. Of course, I bought her a new one when she burned it while sterilizing it over the stove...

Edited at 2012-03-28 06:21 pm (UTC)
anthylorrel 28th-Mar-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Just to clean it! She doesn't like vagina scent.
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
...At least she's not douching?
anthylorrel 28th-Mar-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, I can only imagine what she'd douche with if she did. *facepalm*
reflectionriver 28th-Mar-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
This one irks me as well. What particularly got me was that, in this past season of The Walking Dead, one character threw Plan B at another character and screamed that they were abortion pills. This particular mess up bothers me because it is a show broadcasting this information to millions of people, and ... well, they got their information incorrect. Ack. :(
ravynwitch 28th-Mar-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Well, in that character's defense, Lori was planning on trying to use them to induce an abortion. But yes, a followup factual would have been nice.
reflectionriver 29th-Mar-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
That's true. But Plan B wouldn't cause an abortion, even if as many as Lori took were taken. I don't know, I just felt like it was a dangerous portrayal of medicine that people could take seriously. O.o That worries me.
neumeindil 29th-Mar-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
"Plan B causes abortions!" <-- from a pharmacist I worked with some years ago.

This set off my B.S. detector, b/c why would it be sold OTC if it did that? So, I read the insert.

Plan B, in actuality, delays the release of an egg from the ovaries by about 2-3 days, keeping it/them from being fertilized b/c sperm live about 72 hrs. (It can also make you want to hurl, so try to take it with food and plenty of water if you need it.)
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