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In case you missed it, the FDA approved Lybrel yesterday, a birth… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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In case you missed it, the FDA approved Lybrel yesterday, a birth control pill that is meant to be taken continuously, eliminating menstruation entirely. From Fox news:

I am boggled.

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arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: May 24th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who is Leslee Unruh and why is she such a fucking ignorant dipshit asscunt?

Yeah, my religious beliefs include "abortion is usually bad, m'kay?" and "two kids good, more kids better". But if a woman chooses not to have kids, fine, let her take whatever freakin' pill her and her doctor agree upon. And if she wants to pick the one that also turns off the blood tap, well, OK, whatever, eh?

(Now, I do wonder what turning off the tap prematurely [i.e. before menopause] will do in terms of long-term health effects ... but again, that's between the woman and her doctor, neh?)
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: May 24th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
My IUD has essentially shut off my menstrual cycle (except recently, but that might be due to the hormones wearing off as the IUD nears it's expiry date), and I don't care if my uterus falls out riddled with tumors in 20 years, I looooooooooooooooooove not having a period. I bet there are a lot of women out there who feel the same way.

BTW, you're hilarious with the "two kids good, more kids better" line. For some reason, even though I know you're all Mormon and everything, it just seems weird coming from your mouth/fingers.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: May 24th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in the middle of reading Animal Farm out loud at night to my 9-year-old, so the "two kids good, more kids better" line was far too obvious for me to pass up. (We just finished the chapter where Napoleon gets his trained puppies to evict Snowball, establishes the "new order" of things, and decides they're going to build the windmill after all which, by the way, was actually Napoleon's idea to begin with.)*

ObFootnote: * If anyone reading this has no idea what I'm talking about, get thee to a library pronto. It's a tiny book, and almost certainly one of the most important books of the 20th century. Various top-100 lists a few years ago put it 31st, 20th, 17th, 12th, and 8th. If you haven't read it, you are unfortunately politically and culturally illiterate. Bonus points if you can figure out what actual historical events the book portrays without resorting to Coles' Notes or some such (I guess it's Cliff Notes in the Yoo Ess...).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 25th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Having a period every month is a relatively new phenomenon anyway. Once you factored in breastfeeding and pregnancy, until recently, most women only had one or two a year. It's only been with the recent advent of birth control (and better nutrition) that women have had 13 a year for 40 years.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: May 28th, 2007 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think one kid good, no kids better. The planet is massively overpopulated - we CANNOT have 6bn people here AND have all of them have even a moderately nice lifestyle without requiring three Earths worth of resources to do it. Hence 5.5 out of the 6 billion live in grinding poverty or worse.

Two kids good more kids better is unsustainable, and will doom future generations to (more) war and famine as competition for remaining, finite resources occurs. Already, my own country cannot live without food imports - the population is twice the amount of people that can be sustained even with the most intensive and efficient agricultural system in the world. Either we voluntarily stop the population rising, or at some point resource depletion is going to open a pine box full of whupass on our collective hides.
edith_mf From: edith_mf Date: May 24th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw a newspaper article on it on Saturday. And it came out in Science Daily yesterday (get the RSS feed, endless amazement sometimes).

I get freaked out by people who are concerned about over-population, but want kids.
emt420 From: emt420 Date: May 24th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I predict an unpleasant 2nd-order effect of this, but I have no idea what it might be.

Admittedly, if I bled for one week every months, I'd cut out my own uterus.
driftingfocus From: driftingfocus Date: May 25th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait, that doesn't happen to you? I mean, granted, when I was on BCP, I only bled for like 1.5 days instead of 3, but it never actually went away. In fact, I know very few people for whom it did go away.
emt420 From: emt420 Date: May 25th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
<---male, thank Dog
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: May 25th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis.
Isn't it frightfully good to have a dong.
It's swell to have a stiffy,
It's divine to own a dick.
From the tiniest little tadger,
To the world's biggest prick.
So three cheers for your willy or John Thomas.
Hooray for your one-eyed trouser snake.
Your piece-of-pork,
Your wife's best friend,
Your Percy or your cock.
You can wrap it up in ribbons,
You can slip it in your sock.
But don't take it out in public
Or they will stick you in the dock,
And you won't come back.
        — "The Penis Song (Not the Noel Coward Song)", from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, 1983.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: May 26th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
most birth control pills come in a package that contains 21 hormone pills and 7 inert pills - so that you get into the habit of taking one pill every day, and don't have to try to figure out when you took the last one in a cycle. the way birth control pills work is that the hormones trick your body into thinking you're already pregnant, so you don't ovulate. during the week that you're taking the inert pills, you experience "breakthrough bleeding", which is not really the same as a period (that's why it's lighter). there was a somewhat superstitious belief that a woman should have something at least resembling a period. but women (and doctors) have known that they can monkey with their cycle by taking only the hormone pills and ignoring the placebos. this "new pill" is nothing more than another marketing gimmick, albeit a useful one.
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