Some other side effects for the mother are headaches, vomiting, and dystocia. Why should I have a natural birth, “You don’t get a medal for going without drugs, you know.” Why go through the pain when you can get an injection that can take away just enough of the pain that you can still enjoy the labor? “There is no shame in asking for an epidural,” said Dr. Cynthia Wong of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University. In the United States more than 80% of pregnant women are now having c-sections. Epidurals give the mothers a chance to participate in the delivery and actually enjoy it.
Diethylstilbestrol, also known as DES, is a medicine that helps prevent women from having pregnancy complications including miscarriages. “This is amazing!” one may say, but do they really know the consequences of taking this new medication? Diethylstilbestrol was a huge turning point for most pregnant women in the early twentieth century; however, it had many underlying negative consequences that would later affect the mother and child with the word no one ever wants to hear; cancer. To begin with, DES is a medication that some women would take during their pregnancy. Diethylstilbestrol is a synthetic estrogen that was created by man (“DES Exposure: Questions and Answers”).
Second, what were the arguments for and against the Pill? Lastly, how safe was the Pill and what effects did women experience from taking it? By centering in on these questions, I hope to provide insight on the struggles women faced before and after this birth control technology became readily available to women in the United States. When legally introduced to society in 1960, the Pill stirred up a long period of controversy. The availability of the Pill had great impact on women’s health, social life, laws, religion, family, relationships, morality and sexuality.
She saw many women who had suffered botched abortions an... ... middle of paper ... ... become a reality until she met physician Gregory Pincus in 1951. Pincus, a medical expert in human reproduction, was willing to take on this project with her to find a safe, effective, female-controlled contraceptive. They collaborated with their sponsor, Katharine McCormick, to create Enovid, the first oral contraceptive that was invented and approved by the FDA in 1960. Sanger died in September of 1966, but lived to see the realization of her “magic pill” as well as the undoing of the Comstock Laws. In 1965, Griswold vs. Connecticut, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the private use of contraceptives was a constitutional right.
A video called “The Business of Being Born” has presented with the idea that Americans women decide to choose to deliver birth in many ways. For years women is allowed to manipulate their birth through using technology or natural practices like caesarian sections and using drugs like Pitocin to help with contraction and epidural to stop pain. On other hand, the majority of history has been known to be giving birth by squatting. It was really interesting to learn about this birth giving process and I found a lot of important information while I watched this video. After I watched this video, I believe that every woman have the right to do research and decide on her own birthing plan rather than following orders by her doctors.
Most women often try to avoid unhealthy food or drinks to ensure that their baby is healthy; along with avoiding certain prescription drugs during pregnancy in order to protect their baby from harm and to prevent complications in pregnancy. On the other hand, there are women who are the less concerned about the health of their baby and more concerned about their own desires. I’m talking about women who are addicted to illegal drugs and refuse to refrain from drugs during pregnancy. Consumption of illegal drugs during pregnancy is harmful to the fetus. According to The American Pregnancy Association “Studies have shown that consumption of illegal drugs during pregnancy can result in miscarriage, low birth weight, premature labor, placental abru... ... middle of paper ... ... pregnant.
Another physical change is by taking the pill is weight gain, acne, and breast enlargement. Birth control pills as well cause acne to increase or decrease because every woman’s body is different and birth control acts in different ways. The pills acts on women in different ways because due to acne the pill my help you with your problem and for others it might worsen there acne. Acne due to birth control when you get off the pill it might go back how your body acted on acne before because the getting off the pill most likely would not make you break out afterwards. Probably after three months most acne problems might come back after a while you are off the pill.
Abortion was once illegal and done through home remedies, now legalized, abortions are done in clinics. The nineteenth and twentieth century was an era in an unprecedented interest in fertility control. There are some trail that show about one hundred British Columbian women who tried to induce their a miscarriage. Women who wanted to abort their pregnancy tried many different remedies. These remedies included use so instruments, consumption of pills or drugs, douching by syringe enema bag with Lysol, carbolic acid,turpentine or eve simple as soap and water, and dilation of the cervix.
In recent times, abortion can be performed safely due to numerous advances in technology and in medicine. Before 1973 abortion was not legal in the U.S and various methods were used in procuring abortions. Some of these were crude in every sense and were performed in back-alleys either, by medical professionals or by crooks (Solinger 2005). Many a time, they proved fatal to the young women who sought them and resulted in death. Some died of the abortion procedure itself while many more died of infections after the procedure.