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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The REAL Costs Of Birthcontrol

I have one that is FREE. It will protect you from ALL Sexually Transmitted Diseases as well.

Hey folks,

You know, I am adamantly Pro-Life. Well, whatever that means. I believe life begins at conception, and the PERSON is formed by the Will of God. The Word declares.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139
Some misunderstand what this means. They feel that if someone is "Pro-Life," then they must be against Birth Control of any kind. Not true. I would rather someone who, uh, acts like Rabbits, protect themselves, and their unborn, from having to decide weather or not to MURDER them.

Now, I do have a method, that is GUARANTEED to work, 100 percent of the time, and protect you from ALL Sexually transmitted diseases, ALL the time. I will share it with you at the end. But some are going to go from partner to partner, have sex daily, just because it FEELS good, and so there are options out there. In today's Health and Science Segment, I want to talk about some options, and point out some of the stupidity out there. But if you ARE going to have Sex, make sure you chose one of these.

According to US News and World Reports - The Real Cost of Birth Control By Kimberly Palmer Kimberly Palmer – Fri Aug 27, 12:25 pm ET

The cost of birth control often takes a second seat to other factors, such as how well it works, or how easy it is to use; the FDA's otherwise useful guide to birth control makes no mention of money at all. But cost can ultimately play a big role in whether someone is happy with her chosen method or not

Someone surprised by the constant money drain of single use methods such as condoms might be happier with an IUD, which comes with a larger initial price tag but lasts longer. Similarly, being too frugal by opting for a "free" but relatively ineffective method, such as fertility awareness or withdrawal, can easily lead to accidental pregnancy. A couple using no birth control has an 85 percent chance of becoming pregnant in one year. The Agriculture Department estimates that on average, middle-income couples spend around $12,500 per year per child.

Choosing the most money-smart method isn't as easy as crunching numbers because costs depend on a variety of factors, including how long you want the birth control to last, how often you need it, and how generous your insurance policy is. But by running a few numbers, we were able to generate a guide for people who want to consider the health of their bank account when making their birth control decision.

Here's a guide to the costs of 12 popular methods of birth control:
There IS another way. More on that in a second.

Birth Control Pills: The "Pill," introduced in the early 1960s, uses hormones (estrogen and progestin) to prevent pregnancy. Users have to take one pill a day and need a prescription from their doctor. On average, five out of every 100 women who rely on birth control pills will get pregnant each year. The Cost: According to Planned Parenthood, birth control pills cost between $15 to $50 a month, depending on health insurance coverage and type of pill. On an annual basis, that means the Pill costs between $160 to $600.

Birth Control Patch: This hormone-based method goes on the skin and works the same way as the Pill. Each patch lasts for one week and, like the Pill, users also face a 5 percent chance of pregnancy. The Cost: The same as the Pill--on average, it costs between $15 to $50 a month, or between $160 to $600 a year.

Cervical Cap: Women insert this barrier method, along with spermicide, before they have sex. By covering the cervix, it prevents pregnancy. According to the FDA, it is not as effective as hormonal methods: 17 to 23 percent of women who rely on it might become pregnant within one year. The Cost: The American Pregnancy Association reports that one cervical cap, which lasts up to two years, costs between $15 and $50. Caps also require spermicides, which cost between $7 to $17 per package. Annually, users can expect their costs to average out to a relatively inexpensive $35 to $60 per year.

Condoms: Condoms, which also reduce the chance of spreading sexually transmitted diseases, are effective about 85 percent of the time, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Using spermicide along with condoms increases that rate to 95 percent. The Cost: Some health clinics distribute condoms for free. Otherwise, on average, they cost between 20 cents and $2.50 each. For couples that use them twice a week, that averages out to around $150 a year.
Wait, Condoms are only 85 percent effective? I thought this most the most effective? Anyway moving on.

Diaphragm: This rubber or silicone disk covers the cervix during sex. The FDA reports that for every 100 women who use a diaphragm, about 15 might get pregnant in one year. Some women also report that they find it difficult or annoying to use every time. The Cost: Diaphragms require a doctor's exam, which can cost anywhere from $20 to $200. Planned Parenthood estimates that the cost for the diaphragm itself, which lasts up to two years, falls between $15 to $75. It's also used with spermicide. In total, users can expect to pay around $60 a year, excluding the initial doctor's visit.

Fertility-Awareness: By charting their ovulation schedules, women can calculate when they are most likely to get pregnant--and most likely not to. Of course, this method requires careful note-taking and the self-discipline to avoid intercourse, or use an alternative method, during fertile periods. Women's bodies can also go off-schedule without warning. Planned Parenthood estimates that out of every 100 couples who rely on fertility awareness, between 12 and 25 will become pregnant. The Cost: Free. Websites such as "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" explain how to use the method.

IUDs: This T-shaped device, which in some cases also contains hormones, is placed in the uterus by a health care provider. It lasts up to 12 years and is 99 percent effective. The Cost: While the upfront cost is a whopping $500 to $1,000, the fact that it lasts so long means that the average annual cost can be under $100--cheaper than condoms. The cost goes up for users who rely on the IUD for shorter periods.

Shot (Depo-Provera): Getting a hormone injection every three months prevents women's ovaries from releasing eggs. It's also about 99 percent effective, according to the FDA. The Cost: Each shot costs between $35 and $75, and sometimes comes with an additional doctor's visit fee of $20 to $40. That means each year, users can expect to pay between $220 and $460.

Sterilization: This permanent birth control method only makes sense for people who are done building their families. For both men and women, it is 99 percent effective. The Cost: Vasectomies costs between $350 to $1,000. Sterilization for women costs between $1,500 and $6,000. But since it's permanent, the cost per year over the long-term is lower. For example, if a 35-year-old women gets sterilized, it prevents her from getting pregnant for the rest of her fertile years. Spreading the cost of a $4,000 procedure over 20 years brings the annual expense down to $200. Similarly, if her partner gets a $600 vasectomy, the annual cost averages out to just $30 over 20 years.
Well, 99 percent? I guess that is pretty effective.

Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing): Similar to the birth control patch or the Pill, the ring releases hormones that prevent women's ovaries from releasing eggs. Users insert the ring themselves, and each ring stays in for three weeks. It is about 95 percent effective, like other hormonal methods. The Cost: It costs between $15 and $50 per month, the same as other hormonal methods. Since it requires a prescription, users might also have to pay for an office visit, which can cost between $35 to $200. Excluding that visit, the ring costs between $160 to $600 per year.

Vaginal Sponge: This soft, disk-shaped device covered in spermicide is inserted prior to intercourse and covers the cervix. After use, it is discarded. No prescription is needed. The FDA estimates that for every 100 women that use this method, between 16 and 32 will become pregnant in a year. The odds might be higher for women who have given birth since childbirth stretches the cervix. The Cost: A pack of three sponges cost about $15. For a couple that uses two sponges per week, the annual cost averages out to about $500 a year.

Abstinence: "If you do not want to get pregnant, do not have sex," the FDA's brochure on birth control suggests. Abstinence is 100 percent effective, but also not realistic for many couples. The Cost: Completely free.
WAIT!! That's mine. Abstinence. But yeah, never mind that. According to this piece.

The Winner: The diaphragm. With an annual cost of just $60 and an efficacy rate of 85 percent, this method gives users the most cost-effective method of preventing pregnancy. While the method fell in popularity after the introduction of the Pill, various forms of it have been used for centuries.
No, the winner IS Abstinence. Not 85 percent, but 100 percent. Also 100 percent effective in preventing and protecting YOU from Sexually transmitted Diseases.

You know, it's really simply folks. If you do not want to shoot yourself in the Head, do not pick up the Gun. It is IMPOSSIBLE for you to shoot yourself in the head if you do not pick up a Gun to do it with. Oh, you could play Russian Roulette. You may make it. But if you do not pick up the Gun? You get the point.
Peter

Sources:
US News and World Reports - The Real Cost of Birth Control

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