(hell, yeah) Scarleteen

so very much more at: scarleteen.com
we heart it.
Posts tagged "healthcare"
Both studies found that women were significantly more likely to experience these incidents than men were: In the first cohort, which was made up of university students, 26% of women reported being “shamed” by a physician, while only 15% of the men surveyed said the same. The most common topics of this shaming were sex, dental hygiene, and weight. The second study, which included a much broader age and demographic range, showed similar results: While only 38% of men reported feeling guilt or shame because of something their physician said, 53% of women could recall such behavior.

I strolled into my local pharmacy on January 11, 2013, with my wallet tucked into the depths of my backpack, confidently out of reach: I was picking up my first pack of free birth control (that is, birth control that’s covered by my insurance without a co-pay).

With a smile I turned on my heel from the pharmacy counter—birth control in hand and wallet still untouched—and anxiously shuffled outside to find an isolated square foot of NYC sidewalk and tweet my glory to the world.

I repeated this victorious experience in February, March, April, and May. It wasn’t until June that I left the pharmacy with no smile or glory: For some reason, my “free” birth control now cost me $85.

We know there’s a lot of confusion about what types of birth control are covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We got details—and tips—in our new article “Generic vs. brand name birth control: But, I thought it was all covered?” (via bedsider)

(via outforhealth)




How to Prepare:

  • Use a condom if you have penis in vagina intercourse 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Schedule it so it’s NOT while you’re on your period.
  • Do not use a douche 24 hours prior to your…


Birth control is basic health care for millions of women—and your access to basic health care shouldn’t be up to your boss

(via outforhealth)

In fact, 19 percent of the 6,000+ respondents to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported having been refused health care outright because of their transgender status, while 28 percent had postponed necessary care when they were sick or injured, and 33 percent had delayed or not sought preventive care because of prior health care discrimination. Rather than endure abuse and poor treatment, many transgender people go without care, endangering and worsening their health.

Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies


edited to add - the link includes a PDF with practical suggestions for hospitals to provide better care for trans* patients. these hospital policies are important. but also, health care providers have to not be assholes. 

(via disabilityhistory)

(via sanssavoirpourquoi)

Many people — and probably most — don’t grow up knowing how to arrange for or manage their own healthcare. For some, that’s because our parents, guardians, or other family members did it for us. For others, it’s because we never got regular healthcare so we could learn how it works. Some of us only went to the doctor, clinic, or emergency room when something was very very wrong; some of us had yearly check-ups with the same doctor, in the same place and knew we (or more likely our parents or guardians) could call the doctor’s office any time we were sick.

Whatever your healthcare was like growing up, you may be responsible for it now or very soon. Sexual healthcare is a kind of care that people don’t want parents or guardians involved in, so it may be that seeking out sexual healthcare is where you find you first need to navigate your healthcare on your own.

We know that can be daunting or intimidating. But managing your healthcare mostly just comes down to the following things:

  • Doing some research.
  • Being and staying organized.
  • Communicating clearly and respectfully, asking questions and taking responsibility for gathering and keeping the information you’re given.
  • Recognizing that your health matters and is very important, and keeping that strongly in mind, and in practice, in all your interactions with healthcare providers.

Those are the barest of basics. What follows are specifics so that you can hopefully feel more capable and less frazzled as you start managing your own healthcare, or find some helps to troubleshoot care that’s not working out for you in any way. What the healthcare you get, of any kind, is like, and how it’ll go, will depend on your own health, the kind of healthcare you have access to, and your personal preferences about the kind and frequency of healthcare you get. How it all goes will also often have just as much to do with you as it does a provider.

This is the well-being of your own body and mind we’re talking about here: being able to navigate the healthcare system, to whatever extent you choose to do so and are able to do so, is a crucial skill for maintaining or improving that well-being. So, have a read about choosing a doctor, calling to get an appointment, preparing for an appointment and getting the most out of your interactions with healthcare providers and healthcare support staff.

Have a read at Scarleteen here!