Your questions are
awesome Megan! I do not believe there is one right answer to your first
question. An individual should be able to decide when he or she wants to begin
using contraceptives, but more responsible, knowledgeable adults who can make
sure he or she is making the right decision should guide their decision,
especially if the individual is very young. If this was a different time, we could
all have slightly different opinions related to birth control compared to what
our opinions could be now. For example, in the 1960s, when the birth control
pill first came out, women were overjoyed with birth control that was very
effective (Tone, 2001). Therefore, in this era, a 9-year old child taking the
birth control pill may not have been criticized very heavily, but now, it could
be (Tone, 2001). Personally, I did not ask my parents for their opinion in
regards to birth control. I decided I wanted to be on it and they reluctantly agreed.
I don’t think a parent should decide when it is time for their daughter, or
even son, to begin using birth control, but I also don’t think children or
teenagers should make the final decision either. The advantages you list could
be worthwhile for some, but these advantages should not cloud an individual’s
judgment, which is why another more responsible party should be involved with
the conversation (Miller, 2016). I have read in other classes about the
positive aspects of the birth control pill in particular (Miller, 2016). For
example, I have heard that the pill can aid women nearing menopause with
controlling certain menopausal symptoms, like evening perspiration, a fact
which is verifiable online (Miller, 2016).
If anyone wants to read
more about the benefits of the birth control pill, you can by accessing the
website in the following citation: Miller, K. (2016, November 4). 9 reasons to
take the pill, besides avoiding pregnancy. Self.
Retrieved from http://self.com Here is the
link directly to the article: https://www.self.com/story/reasons-to-take-birth-control-pill.
The media does seem to paint a picture of contraceptives as being perfectly
healthy, due to the absence of news stories promoting the opposite, at least
from what I have seen. I don’t know for a fact if “adding hormones to the body”
as you say carries any detrimental effects, but I would not be surprised if
they did. In order to determine such an answer, research would have to occur.
Instead of spending time doing that, it would likely be most prudent to talk
about what information one of our reading assignments included about the pill. In
1969, the American government found there were some issues with the pill, such
as the pill raising the risk of thromboembolism (Tone, 2001). However, people
did not abandon the pill; if women were still willing to take the pill during this
tumultuous era, even if there are detrimental effects associated with birth
control now, there would certainly be at least some women who would still use
it (Tone, 2001). So I do think birth control could be harmful, simply because
mistakes can always happen. Although I will say certain birth control, like a condom
or similar female products, probably does not carry any substantial risk, which
is why I am starting to think about my own decisions involving birth control
differently. Regardless, your questions are great Megan, and I greatly enjoyed
answering them! Can you think of any alternatives to my argument? I would love
to hear from you!