Birth Control in 2019 and Beyond: Where Do Things Stand for Women?

“If you are feeling apprehensive about birth control, it is a good time to talk to your healthcare provider about it,” says Mara Gandal-Powers, director of birth control access and senior counsel on reproductive rights and health at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC. You don’t have to wait until your next appointment for a pap smear or vaginal exam, which could be a year or more away. “Most people should still have birth control coverage right now, but it’s clear where this Administration is trying to go. I understand why people are factoring in the political realities in their decisions — it’s real.”