Need condoms? Right there in the fucking aisle in a supermarket or CVS.
Need female birth control? Nah bruh, need a prescription and the consent of the lord Jesus Christ amen
OK. I get the point you’re making, I’m a woman and a feminist and yes there is an…
Seattle-based NGO PATH is working to help curb some of this disparity in access to care. Their one-size diaphragm is OTC in Europe and, ideally, will eventually be in the US too. It’s slated for FDA approval in the next year and will be Rx only initially, but the goal is to eventually have it universally available on demand.
The SILCS diaphragm (brand name Caya) is radically different than traditional diaphragms with a small nylon spring, easy grips, an easy removal lip, and is contoured to the vaginal canal and pelvic cavity for comfort during wear and insertion. It’s small, light, soft, and doesn’t require a physician’s fitting, making it ideal for resource-scarce settings. Like all diaphragms, it’s also hormone-free and completely user controlled.
Also marketed with Caya is a lactic acid spermicide which allows users to avoid the uncomfortable and unacceptable side effects of nonoxynol-9.
If you’re in the US, it’s available for £40 from Amazon UK and is also now approved in Canada.
Just launched too is Sayana Press, a single use injectable contraceptive using Uniject technology. Right now, healthcare workers administer it but, someday, users may be able to self-administer it. Sayana Press comes in single-use three month dosages and Uniject means there’s no risk of needles being reused. It’s another great option for people who tolerate and enjoy injectable contraceptives.