Krista Jensen
February 10, 2017 4:11 pm
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Whatever the reason that you first embarked down the windy road of birth control, chances are it was either prescribed by your OB-GYN or you picked it up at one of our beloved women’s healthcare clinics. But as healthcare shifts and changes, we are grateful for’s incredibly useful birth control tool, aka the Yelp of birth control. Through Iodine, women who are new (or advanced!) to birth control can read reviews, see comments and get a crowd-sourced answer to the question, “Which birth control should I get?”

Access to contraception is a right that should be granted to all women, always. But where do we start?

Iodine provides info on each type of birth control method, with a brief synopsis of how it works and what the overall review of each method is by users. It tells you about the STD protection of each method, the cost, how often you’ll have to take or reapply; everything. It covers shots, pills, IUDs, patches — all on the first page. From there, you can navigate through to see reviews from women who perhaps have similar body types and situations as you, whose insight could be invaluable in navigating the countless options listed.

You can provide preferences (which methods rate highest in “lowest failure rate,” which have no hormones, which are available over the counter) or click “add to compare” to see options side by side to figure out which would best fit your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

So go visit, click around, educate yourself on which birth control options offer what. What with the current political climate, it’s more important than ever to be educated on women’s rights as you can be, and one good place to start is to be aware of your contraceptive options.