Contraception

No frangers, 100% effective and increases libido: Sounds like a win/win/win situation to me

Any contraceptive solution that doesn’t require frangers, is 100% effective AND increases your libido sounds like a miracle, too good to be true.

A contraceptive injection for men has been shown to be almost 100 per cent effective, and may also increase libido.

The hormone-based jab is designed to lower sperm counts by acting on the brain’s pituitary gland.

Over a year-long trial, nearly 96 per cent of couples relying on the injection to prevent unplanned pregnancies found it to be effective. During this time, only four pregnancies occurred among the men’s partners.

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Labour and Green Taliban think bludgers have rights to bring up kids with your money

National just may have hit upon the best policy initiative ever….restricting breeding for bludgers.

Predictably both the Greens and Labour have weighed in on the “rights” of bludgers to breed on our money:

There’s a warning that any move towards a tougher line on contraception shouldn’t target certain groups of people.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said an overhaul of Child Youth and Family could include getting faster contraceptive advice to some people, and isn’t ruling out even preventing some families from having another child.

Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie said it feeds into an undercurrent of thought that has dangerous consequences.    Read more »

Can we learn from Colorado on teen pregnancy?

Colorado has made astonishing in-roads into dealing with teen pregnancy.

Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

“Our demographer came into my office with a chart and said, ‘Greta, look at this, we’ve never seen this before,’ ” said Greta Klingler, the family planning supervisor for the public health department. “The numbers were plummeting.”

The changes were particularly pronounced in the poorest areas of the state, places like Walsenburg, a small city in Southern Colorado where jobs are scarce and unplanned births come often to the young. Hope Martinez, a 20-year-old nursing home receptionist here, recently had a small rod implanted under the skin of her upper arm to prevent pregnancy for three years. She has big plans — to marry, to move West, and to become a dental hygienist.

“I don’t want any babies for a while,” she said.

More young women are making that choice. In 2009, half of all first births to women in the poorest areas of the state happened before they turned 21. By 2014, half of first births did not occur until they had turned 24, a difference that advocates say gives young women time to finish their educations and to gain a foothold in an increasingly competitive job market.

“If we want to reduce poverty, one of the simplest, fastest and cheapest things we could do would be to make sure that as few people as possible become parents before they actually want to,” said Isabel Sawhill, an economist at the Brookings Institution. She argues in her 2014 book, “Generation Unbound: Drifting Into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage,” that single parenthood is a principal driver of inequality and long-acting birth control a powerful tool to prevent it.

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Over the counter contraceptive pill: perhaps a simple compromise would help?

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The Government is considering a proposal for contraceptive pills to be sold over the counter by pharmacists without a doctor’s prescription.

Government drug agency Medsafe’s medicines classification committee will today consider a submission which proposes making selected oral contraceptive pills available without a GP’s prescription.

The submission from Green Cross Health says consumer research shows women in New Zealand, Australia and the United States want non-prescription access to contraceptives.

Its submission says women would benefit from immediate access to contraception and reclassification of the drug would reduce the barriers to starting contraception. Read more »

Gary Johns: No contraception, no benefit

IF a person’s sole source of income is the taxpayer, the person, as a condition of benefit, must have contraception. No contraception, no benefit.

This is not an affront to single mothers or absent fathers, or struggling parents. Such a measure will undoubtedly affect strugglers, it undoubtedly will affect Aboriginal and Islander people in great proportions, but the idea that someone can have the taxpayer, as of right, fund the choice to have a child is repugnant.

Large families of earlier generations were the result of the combination of absent contraception and the need to have many children, in order that some survive to care for parents in old age.

These conditions do not now apply. Infant mortality is minuscule in all sectors of society, and the taxpayer picks up the tab for aged care.

Therefore, there should be no taxpayer inducement to have children. Potential parents of poor means, poor skills or bad character will choose to have children. So be it. But no one should enter parenthood while on a benefit.

It is better to avoid having children until such time as parents can afford them. No amount of ‘‘intervention’’ after the fact can make up for the strife that many parents bring down on their ­children.

Johns is essentially saying it is child abuse to bring children into a world where parents can’t afford them.   Read more »

The “Brown Method” gaining popularity

Len Brown’s rushed withdrawal process in lovemaking seems to be making a come-back world wide.

The Daily Mail reports:

Charliegh Avent never has to remember to take the Pill. She and husband Paul don’t have a supply of male contraceptives in their bedside cabinets either.

In fact the couple, who’ve been together for seven years, don’t make any sort of special preparations before they make love.

Because they’ve chosen to rely on the oldest contraceptive system there is: the withdrawal method, in which the man withdraws from the woman’s body just before climax occurs.

In an age when there have never been more options to prevent pregnancy, it would be easy to assume that Charliegh’s approach is rare.    Read more »

Despicable

The Dompost really jumped the shark today with their despicable portrayal of Paula Bennett as a Nazi war criminal akin to Josef Mengele.

The fact that the majority of people think contraception for welfare dependent mums is a good idea, makes this depiction even more ludicrous and insulting.

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I bet he has a dodgy poll

NZ Herald

John Key has come out saying that Colin Craig hasn’t a shred of evidence to support his contention that NZ chicks are easy:

Prime Minister John Key has said he’s seen no evidence to support Colin Craig’s view that New Zealand women are more promiscuous than others.

The Conservative Party leader, while commenting on the contraceptives for beneficiaries debate, stated that New Zealand has the “most promiscuous young women in the world” and the Government should not be providing free contraception for those who choose to sleep around.

I just bet Colin Craig will be able to point to a dodgy poll to support his claims.

They should get jobs

NZ Herald

Beneficiaries are moaning about being able to get free contraception. Politicians are moaning that the state is meddling in their lives. The easy solution then is for all the meddling to stop…the easiest way for the meddling to stop is to go get a job. There problem solved.

Socialists just don’t get that if the state is the answer to every one of our societies ills then at some point the state will be all powerfula ndstart telling you haow they want you to live. The single best way to avoid this is to minimise the intrusion of the state in your lofe. Get a job.

Simply put, if you want the state to pay for your lifestyle then start expecting the state to start telling you what it expects in return for your indolence.

Some groups representing beneficiaries claim the Government’s offer of free long-term birth control to women on welfare will inevitably involve some degree of state pressure.

The Government rejects this claim. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says it will be voluntary.

From this year, all women on a benefit and 16- to 19-year-old daughters of beneficiaries will be able to obtain special-needs grants to pay for long-acting, reversible contraception.

The scheme supports the Government’s wider welfare reforms, which include penalties for those who have more children while on a benefit.

The four products available are those funded by Pharmac. They are the contraceptive arm implant Jadelle, the three-monthly injection Depo-provera, and two devices that are inserted into the uterus: the Multiload, which releases small amounts of copper, and the Mirena, which releases a contraceptive drug.

Outrage? Really?

Stuff.co.nz

The Government’s plan to offer free long-term contraception for beneficiaries and their daughters is being labelled as an insult and intrusive to women’s right to have children.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett yesterday said contraception would eventually be fully funded for female beneficiaries and their 16 to 19-year-old daughters.

The move was part of the first round of controversial welfare reforms that would cost the Government $287.5 million over four years, including $81.5m of new money.

No one is stopping people from their right to have children. But we as taxpayers need a similar right to say that if you want children then you should pay for them yourself, not expect the taxpayer to pay for your right to have children.

Of course Sue Bradford is outraged.

Auckland Action Against Poverty spokeswoman Sue Bradford this morning said while the contraception was voluntary, it was “totally unacceptable” for the Government to get involved in women’s reproduction.

“Most New Zealand women will not accept that. It’s because beneficiaries are seen as people who are worth less than others,” she said.

Actually the working poor who have to pay taxes probably do think beneficiaries are people worth less than others. Though she does make a good point.

If as Sue Bradford says it is not for the government to get involved in women’s reproduction then let’s se an end to free cervical cancer screening, free breast cancer check ups, almost free obstetric care, charge them for birth assistance in hospital, not to mention free abortions, something I am sure Sue Bradford would be a strong advocate for.

If the government really shouldn’t be involved in women’s reproduction as Sue Bradford says then I guess it really shouldn’t be involved in paying the DPB either.