Because abortion and contraceptives are NOT the same thing and yet, in Japan, not only are abortions viewed as viable birth control, the pill is stigmatized because apparently that is equated with promiscuity=shameful.
This is why I’m pissed at Japan in the realm of contraception.
So as someone who doesn’t want to undergo abortions, what are my options?
I have two.
I mean, literally- there are two pills from which I can choose.
And it’s not like I have a choice of two between progestin only, AKA minipill, versus the estrogen and progetsin combination pill. Nope. I have a choice between a monophasic (one steady level of hormones for 21 days) or a triphasic (gradually increasing levels of hormones to mimic the body’s natural hormone production) combination pill.
Not that I’m interested but if I had wanted an IUD I would have to make an appointment with a specialist and hope that they have more than one option.
Argh(!!!) Japan, y’all.
Abortion is less shameful than taking a pill. Oh my fucking god, people. Getting a physically and emotionally traumatic procedure is way more socially acceptable than wanting to circumvent unwanted pregnancy?!
I can barely wrap my brain around this way of thinking…and this would be among the reasons why I don’t see myself living here in the long-term.
It’s not an immediate deal breaker but…it’s a thing.
Oh, and of course nationally mandated insurance does not cover the pill. Or STD screenings. Or routine Pap smears. But that’s another rant for another day.