Consolidating clinical services
By the mid-1970s, the federal government was supporting thousands of birth control clinics around the U. Certain types of birth control are available over the counter, such as condoms and spermicides (creams, gels, foams or tablets that are inserted into the vagina and stop or kill sperm before they reach the uterus).Many types of birth control methods, however, are available only by prescription.Under her insurance plan, according to the Huffington Post, Cox's birth control pills cost her each month—an amount that she says is hard for her to pay on a student budget.Cox goes to a local Planned Parenthood clinic, where, she says, her doctor "gives me free samples. who say they struggle to pay for their birth control medications, also called contraceptives.Lindsay Cox is a 23-year-old medical student at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.Her studies do not enable her to maintain a job, and her parents pay for her health insurance.In addition, using birth control may allow couples who are struggling financially to delay having children until they can afford them, or to stop having children when they feel their families are complete.Many people, however, do not approve of the new policy on coverage for birth control, which would essentially make contraceptives free for millions of women.
Contraceptives that involve hormones—chemical messengers that affect different parts of the body—can prevent such conditions as anemia, reduce the risk of cancers of the ovaries and uterus, lessen heavy or painful menstrual periods and control ovarian cysts (fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries).The standards were part of the health care reform law—formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)—that Obama signed in March 2010.