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TRAP laws don’t make women safer, they just push misinformation around a safe medical procedure in an effort to restrict access.   

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi, idk you can help me, but I'm a little concerned. I have a copper IUD and have had it for about 4 years. Recently (over the past 4 days) I started to experience some pain like tenseness/occasional sharp pains on my right side pelvic area. I had a single day when I bled just a little bit (but it was fresh and red). I'm mid cycle. I'm experiencing occasional lightheadedness, but idk if that's caused by worry. Do I need to see a doctor? I have like 0 money right now, so I'm really worried.
becauseiamawoman becauseiamawoman Said:

Unfortunately, I’m not a doctor and cannot provide you with any sort of real medical opinion. My advice is, as always, if something feels really off trust your instincts and seek medical care. Generally, a bit of cramping, tenseness, and light-headedness are normal and can be caused by stress, normal menstruation symptoms, or any number of common things. However, if what you are experiencing goes beyond what is the norm for your own body or continues for more than a few days, I’d recommend seeking help.

If you have no money or insurance, you may be able to find care through a free clinic or in this case through your local Planned Parenthood affiliate where they often allow you to pay on a sliding scale based on what you can afford. Try running a quick google search for Planned Parenthood locations in your area, or for “free clinics.”


You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

Forty years ago today Roe v. Wade gave all Americans the right to safe and legal abortions. This groundbreaking ruling forever changed the landscape of reproductive rights in the United States. Make no mistake, Roe did much more than simply provide access to abortion. It gave millions of people a chance. It saved the lives of countless people who would have otherwise had to seek back alley procedures. It gave opportunity to those not ready or able to take on the responsibility that comes with raising a child. It did this and so much more. 

Today we are still fighting to maintain our right to reproductive choice. Legislation is continually being put forth by politicians trying to restrict abortion and make the procedure inaccessible to those who need it. In the last couple of years there have been unparalleled attacks on choice, with 2011 seeing a record 80 new abortion restrictions. This is unacceptable. It is clear that our fight is not over. There is work left to be done. 

If the last few elections have showed us anything, it is that young people can and will make their voices heard. There is strength in our numbers and in our passion, and it is time for us to step up once again in support of choice. It is important to do what we can to make sure that we never go back. No step is too small: Write a letter to the editor or to your elected officials, blog about reproductive justice, get involved in local groups that protect choice. Go out and vote, or even better, campaign for the officials that can make the changes we need. Sign petitions, pass them on, tell everyone you know what they can do to help. It is time for us to do more, and together we can ensure that we never return to what life was like pre-Roe.

This is our call to action. 


Northern New England rocked it!  Vermont was #1, New Hampshire #3 and Maine #6.  Here’s a shout out to our staff at 21 health centers who are working tirelessly to improve sexual health across the region.