I hate going to the doctor’s, but I dragged myself to see a doctor last week to check out a rash (it was harmless) and get an annual physical exam. As usual, the doctor I went to see spent a few minutes trying to convince me to go on birth control. I refused for a litany of reasons, the first being that I do not see the benefits of permanently altering my hormones when I’m not in a relationship or sexually active. I explained to the doctor that I tried birth control in the past, and I ended up with persistent acne as a result.
She shrugged slightly (who cares about having severe acne right?) and said that I didn’t need to take hormonal birth control because there are other options. She then, trying to further convince me to go on the Pill, asked me what I would do if I found out I was pregnant in the next year. I said that it would be great, seeing as though I’m already 27 years old and my eggs are going to go bad in a few years. Then she stopped pestering me about the Pill.
I always thought it was strange that doctors have tried to convince me to get on birth control, but I didn’t understand how bizarre it was until I reviewed my medical bill and saw that the doctor listed our birth control conversation as a medical service!
The bill said:
You Were Diagnosed with: Encounter for contraceptive surveillance
At no point did I ask to have a birth control conversation with my doctor. Why did the office bill my insurance company for that conversation? What in the world is going on? How does a doctor benefit from convincing a woman to go on birth control? Blood clots have been linked to hormonal birth control pills, not to mention strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure as potential side effects. I remember having mood swings when I took birth control. It turns out that I wasn’t imaging things. Birth control has been shown to cause depression in those who are prone to it.
What’s worse is that hormonal birth control can impact your ability to attract and connect with the right partner. A study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science followed 118 couples who met while the woman was on hormonal birth control and found that going off the pill could impact how attracted she was to her partner. Why would a doctor want to push a drug that causes all of these side effects on a young woman? And why wouldn’t the doctor begin the conversation by talking about the very serious risks of taking birth control?
Because they are probably getting paid to do so (see Government Will Withhold One-Third of the Records from Database of Physician Payments).
Or. the doctors are just incredibly liberal. Family practice medical practitioners tend to have liberal ideologies (see the graphic), and nonprofit doctors are more likely to support Democrats. After all, the birth control Nazi doctor is located at a non-profit women’s clinic in a low-income neighborhood. In San Francisco, Calif. Yeah, I shouldn’t really be shocked by her behavior…
I’ve also noticed that it is only the female doctors that try to push birth control on me, never any male doctors. It could be that the female doctors are hard-line-career-driven-pants-pushers and they are not able to fathom having children willy nilly. Perhaps they relied on birth control to make sure they finished medical school without getting pregnant. So, they are then trying to push their same “work first, love second” ideology on me.
Ultimately, their behavior is offensive on several levels:
- First, they are assuming that I am having reckless or premarital sex. Contraception makes it easier to have sex outside marriage. By pushing birth control, the doctor is trying her best to support what is essentially immoral behavior.
- Second, doctors are also assuming that I am interested in putting a harmful substance into my body without taking a second thought.
- Finally, birth control prevents potential human beings from being conceived, which I may think is morally wrong.
Next time I go to in for a doctor’s visit, I’m going to watch my back.