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As a woman who relies on fertility awareness and barrier methods to avoid pregnancy, I'm always wary of how "birth control" in political discourse often actually means "hormonal contraception."

I think it would be great if birth control were provided at no cost to the consumer. All methods of birth control, including OTC methods such as condoms and sponges. Including classes on fertility awareness. And including prescribed barriers such as diaphragms and caps.

The language of the article, which exclusively associates birth control with doctor's visits, implies that only common prescription methods (pill, patch, ring, shot and Mirena) are counted as birth control. If such language made it into a national health bill, women who chose hormonal methods would get their birth control paid for entirely by the goverment. Women who chose barrier methods or fertility awareness would bear the entire cost themselves.

Hormonal methods, while the best option for many women, are over-hyped. Institutionalizing such methods as "best for everyone" by making taxpayers cover the entire cost--but leaving women 100 percent responsible for cost if they choose any other method--is an idea I oppose.