Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stephen Colbert on "women's health"

From last night's Colbert Report:

Stephen Colbert presents "Gynomorph, the hormone that gradually turns you into a dude. Which is good, because when men take hormones, it just makes them better at baseball."

5 Comments:

At November 13, 2008 at 3:37 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

LAWLZ

This is also a big reason why, even as "pro-life and wanting to reduce abortions", I dislike certain contraceptives, like the pill. Nothing against ladies taking it, I just think that messing with hormones is so unnatural, not that being against nature is bad, it's just that certain sex cycles are disturbed, and more often that not ladies, you may not be at your peak libido (studies show varied results on genital arousal and sexual satisfaction, from no change to a "significantly wider range"), which probably sucks, though I can't be 100% certain...

In my opinion, and while this may sound somewhat religiously motivated, though I really like it because you don't have to use the pill, not enough focus has been put on fertility awareness programs that focus on things like monthly cycles, primary fertility signs such as basal body temperature, cervical mucus and cervical position, and even urine tests to measure luteinizing hormone which is indicative of ovulation. Many studies have shown that with coaching and correct and consistent use, many of these types of methods have failure rates as low as 1% per year and only as high as 10% in the case of the basic calender method (which is super rudimentary, yet still is 90% effective!). These options, while usually dismissed as unscientific and religiously based, have recently come under the attention of medical journals such as the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. It's worth a look.

Then again, couldn't one say that if a woman wants to pump her body full of hormones so she can decide what she wants when she wants it doesn't seem all that bad...?

 
At November 13, 2008 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

please note that I said "dislike". I have nothing against the pill, I just was pointing out that some girls that I know have told me it lowers their sex drive, which must suck. Though, whatever, if it doesn't, all the more power to you. I'm quite convinced that contraception can be healthy sexually. It's just that it seems unfair that women have to mess their bodies up and all men are expected to do is strap on a condom. I mean, I wouldn't want to take a pill that messed with my hormones to make me temporarily infertile or something...Plus, hormone changes are much different than certain drugs like alcohol and marijuana in that its effects are more long term. They are spooky. Though, that's all a personal choice...

 
At November 13, 2008 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking from experience (ie. having tried it both ways), sex is a lot better when you are not on the pill. Female libido is higher and orgasms are better, especially around ovulation time. The female reproductive cycle is an integral part of the experience of being sexually intimate. Natural methods have been reliable for us (16 years and counting). A good book on the subject is "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler. See http://www.ovusoft.com/

 
At November 13, 2008 at 10:14 PM , Anonymous Chloe Angyal said...

@Roscoe, "it seems unfair that women have to mess their bodies up and all men are expected to do is strap on a condom."

That's a really good point, but the answer isn't to remove women's ability to control their own reproductive systems - it's to make it equally possible for men to do it to control THEIR reproductive systems. As for the long-promised male contraceptive pill, well, that's another discussion.

And it should be noted that the pill doesn't necessarily mess up your body - a lot of women take the pill to correct hormone imbalances or irregular menstruation. So apart from allowing women to have consensual, responsible sex without the fear of an unwanted pregnancy (say what you will about that, but a lot of people enjoy it), it also has health benefits.

 
At November 14, 2008 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Oh ya, I agree Chloe, I would never take their right to use these contraceptives away. I was just merely pointing out the reasons why I would be wary or them and why I'd persuade the girl I was with to not use it. My ex-girlfriend used it for reasons other than for contraceptive purposes, so I know it can be used even if you are not sexually active. All I'm saying is that women shouldn't feel like they have to take the pill and have to mess up their hormones. Ya, the pill is great, and for some women it's the answer. I just wanted women to think about the decision more as it can lower libido, and having had the experience with my ex-girlfriend I know it is not the most pleasant experience. Which is why I think fertility awareness shouldn't be dismissed so easily. Not because I'm a religious fanatic and think you are spilling your seed if you use contraception, but because women could have better sex without the pill.

 

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home