In the early hours of this morning, Donald Trump was officially elected president of the United States. The news came as a surprise to many and left millions of American women feeling insulted, devalued, and uncertain about the future of their health care.
Donald Trump campaigned a pro-life platform and he plans to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Currently, under the Affordable Care Act, FDA approved methods of birth control are covered without a copay if you have insurance, including birth control pills, IUDs, and the implant.
Of course, we won't know what women's birth control access and affordability will be like under Trump's presidency until he actually takes over the Oval Office and makes changes. But, before he can take an axe to women's health care rights, ladies everywhere are taking action. They're getting IUDs and encouraging other women to do the same.
If you're unfamiliar with the IUD, it's a T-shaped piece of plastic that's inserted into the uterus by a healthcare professional in order to prevent pregnancy. They're an attractive birth control option for women because they're over 99 percent effective and can protect women from pregnancy from three to 12 years, depending on which kind you use.
Another birth control option that lasts for up to four years is the implant. The implant is a tiny rod that's inserted under the skin of a woman's upper arm by a healthcare professional and releases hormones that prevent pregnancy.
So, if you're concerned about what your birth control options will be once Trump takes office, you may want to consider one of these options. Many women have taken to Twitter to share their decision to get one after hearing about Trump's win.
The best birth control option differs from woman to woman, so be sure to discuss your choices with your doctor first. It might be a good idea to do it sooner rather than later, though. And, while you're there, cover all your bases: get a mammogram, a Pap smear, and an ultrasound. There's never been a better time to take charge of your healthcare.