October 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm #725216
So, I had to get a new doctor due to a move and insurance change, and I just found out that my new doctor will not prescribe birth control for “contraceptive purposes.” She will for “other” purposes, though.
What the fuck?
(Oh, and it’s not a Catholic medical system!)October 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm #725217
#Handmaiden’s Tale Bump!October 26, 2017 at 3:01 pm #725222
You can get another doctor, right? And ask them if they prescribe birth control? Personally, I’ve always gone to Planned Parenthood to get mine, and it’s been covered by insurance.October 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm #725223
Does she live in the 1950s, where contraception is only for married women who have already had a few children? Dear lord that is horrifying. Hopefully you can find yet another new doctor.October 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm #725224
I’m already looking for a new doctor. I convinced this one’s nurse to get someone else in the practice to fill them “just this once.” I’m feeling all sorts of ragey about it, though. When I initially met with the doctor, I listed BC as one of my rx and she didn’t mention “Oh, hey, I don’t believe in women’s freedom to make choices regarding their reproductive health,” like she should have so that I could immediately get up and leave.
And, the nurse kept asking me if I took them for a “reason other than BC.” Seriously?
(1) I’m a 38 year old married woman – why the fuck do you think I’m taking BC? Because I have sex and don’t want a baby. Jesus. (Not that it would matter if I were 16, for Christ’s sake.) And yes, I know that some women do have underlying medical conditions for which they take BC. I benefit from regular cycles. However, it’s gross that this doctor would want a reason other than I want SEX and NO BABIES! as a justification.
(2) The whole insinuation that I should have to LIE to my DOCTOR to get medication is so fucked up, that I can’t even.
(3) What the fuck does it matter why I’m taking them? If I’m killing babies or subverting the will of God or whatever religious nutty-ism that this doctor thinks by taking them, what does an underlying condition change? It’s okay with her religion if my baby preventing/killing is just a side effect? That’s…not even logical within the logic being used to deny your patients BC.
Ugh! I’m so disgusted right now.October 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm #725225
My primary care doctor wouldn’t prescribe it to me when I asked. He proceeded to make me feel bad about my extracurriculars with my boyfriend. I stopped going to him, and found another doctor. I thought (and think!) doctors should leave their politics/opinions/whatever this guy’s deal was out of my healthcare.
ETA: This was maybe 10 years ago, and I was probably 21-ish? Old enough to make me own choices without my doctor needing to feel like I needed counseling or guidance or whatever.October 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm #725227
That is really fucked up, and I think I would have gone off on her. And left.October 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm #725228
Ugh. How disgusting. Give it time and it won’t be covered by insurance at all. Separation of church and state people. I don’t get why people think we’re a Christian country….we weren’t founded with those principles.October 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm #725310
Can you report her to the practice?
The other doctors in the practice may not even know that she’s not prescribing BC for contraceptive reasons. They may be just a rage-y about it as you are. If not, and it’s their collective practice ideology…Run, Forrest, Run!October 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm #725314
Wow. This is so far off. Just wow. I can’t even fathom.
In other BC news… my company’s new health insurance plan came out. BC will not be covered next year and was removed from the list of preventative medicines. WHAT THE FUCK? My company is 85,000 people. Thank god I got the Mirena last year.October 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm #725318
Yeah… it’s now up to companies whether to offer it or not, since Trump reversed an Obama rule. Thanks Trump! Thanks everyone who voted for him, didn’t vote, or voted for someone not on the ballot.October 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm #725320
This indicates that your employer objects to coverage of contraceptives based on sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions against covering such care.