In an article about women’s health care providers, a California physician explained how the “lifestyle of abstinence” and “sticking to the pill” are not only a bad idea, but they also increase the risk of STIs.
“I’m not sure that I’m the only one who has had a difficult time coping with that,” Dr. Jennifer J. Wahlstrom said, speaking at the World Health Organization’s meeting in Geneva on Monday.
“It’s a problem for me personally, because I’m a woman, but it’s also a problem with other providers.”
She added that her own experience with the pill made her hesitant to use the pill.
“But that’s where I’ve been, where I’m going, where it’s been a problem,” she said.
In January, the CDC reported that 1.4 million Americans had used an unapproved contraceptive in the previous month, and an additional 1.5 million were at risk of becoming pregnant.
The study found that women who used unapproved contraceptives for more than a year were more than twice as likely to become pregnant as those who used them for less than a month.
The CDC also reported that more than 3,500 people had died as a result of unintended pregnancy.
In addition to the health concerns, Wahlsten said she was worried about the cost of contraception, which she said was not covered by health insurance plans.
“If we get a bill for the cost, I’m worried about how much is going to go to the state and how much to the hospital, because that’s a lot of money,” she told the Times of San Diego.
“The health care system is very, very broken.”
Wahlstrand said she is not sure what her next step is, but she said she would not hesitate to go back to her old methods if she ever felt like the situation was getting out of control.
“My experience is that I can just go back and start over,” she added.
“Because if it wasn’t me, I think there would be a lot more people out there who are just going to keep on going the same way.”