Gabrielle Stanley Blair is a mother of six from Oakland, California, and she’s got a hot take on birth control that people can’t stop retweeting. The Mormon author posted a long piece to Twitter which posits that all unplanned pregnancies are the man’s fault – no exceptions.
If you find yourself rushing to disagree with her, we suggest you take a second and read through everything she has to say. Well, it’ll be more than a second, but we guarantee it’ll be worth your time.
Medical note: it is not true that women can only get pregnant 2 days each month. Presumably she’s referring to the basis of the rhythm method, which utilizes the fact that women have more fertile days and less fertile days in their cycles. However, the rhythm method, even when followed strictly, has about a 25% failure rate in the first year of use alone. Really, the only time there is a very high probability that a woman will not get pregnant after s^x is while she’s on her period, and even that rule has exceptions, since sperm can live inside the vagina for up to 5 days. There is no time in her cycle that a woman can have s^x without some form of birth control and be 100% certain she will not get pregnant.
Medical note: while it is very unlikely, it is not unheard of for a woman to get pregnant from a man’s pre-ejaculate, even if he doesn’t ejaculate. There is no way to have vaginal intercourse for any length of time without using some form of birth control and still be 100% certain no pregnancy will result.
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