Darxus (darxus) wrote in vhemt,
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"...$5 to $10 for a year of contraception." requiring no medical training

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/opinion/26kristof.html
http://www.bugmenot.com/ for a login.

"One is a vaginal ring that releases hormones.... She said that women found it easy to insert the ring themselves, which is crucial in poor countries where there are few health workers.... cost in developing countries would eventually be $5 to $10 for a year of contraception."

"Sino-implant (II), a tiny pair of rods inserted just under the skin (typically in the arm) to release hormones. Other implants are widely used, but one great advantage of the Sino-implant is that it can last four or five years and costs $3 a year or less.... 100,000 units were distributed last year — with no safety issues so far."

"reversible [male] sterilization. It’s an injection that hardens to create a plug in the duct carrying sperm. To reverse it, a health worker injects a solvent that dissolves the plug. The plan is to introduce this on a broad scale in the next few years."
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Why can't the Nuvaring be that cheap in Australia? It's not yet listed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme here because it hasn't been available here long enough, and thus it's prohibitively expensive for me. :(
  1. This isn't the Nuvaring.
  2. It isn't available anywhere yet.
I'm so excited about these possibilities...it wouldn't affect me personally as I've been spayed, but I feel so bad for my CF or fencesitting male friends who risk or have been oopsed by their partners. D: It's a pretty shitty situation all around & I'd love to see them have more options available to them.
I somehow doubt this would be a good solution for "poor countries" (is it safe to assume the writer refers to third world countries?). First of all, it doesn't protect against STD's. Second, in places where condoms are treated with suspicion, I don't see how a ring that goes into a woman would go along better.

I do hope I'm wrong though.
It's my understanding from several of my women's studies classes that the problem with condoms in some of those countries is twofold. One, men won't use them because it makes them feel unmanly (which is a huge deal in some of those countries) and/or decreases their enjoyment of the act. Two, they aren't available in some places because various churches (and the men who run them) have banned them.

The women in a lot of places would LOVE more choices over their reproductive years. And if it has to be that men don't know about the contraception...well...I think it's about as fair as women not having any choices now.
I've heard there are people (in Africa?) who believe that aids comes from condoms, intentionally infected by the US.

Also, the Vatican says condoms don't stop aids.
A great read that addresses some of the BC concerns in developing countries is Critical Masses: The Global Population Challenge (George D. Moffett) - basically it boils down to women wanting their kids to be healthy and if they can ensure that, they'll have fewer kids. Also, if BC can be completely controlled by the woman, they're happier, more likely to have fewer kids, etc. And there's none of that undermining of the male psyche...
What's wrong with the good ol' IUD? Inserted and then lasts 10 years, way better than the Sino-Implant.

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Is your insurance Catholic-owned?