This year I came to the realization that my Student Government is only providing 60% coverage. I do not personally use Birth Control but fully support the many reasons why women do. That being said when I found this out I was very taken back and concerned. A huge ethical dilemma presented itself….how can we only provide 3 months of Birth Control. We need to be providing students with 100% coverage for all months of the year. I am going to list some facts taken from the following website: http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/birth-control-pills#1

I then researched both International and Domestic Plans and have outlined both below.

Humber/GH Plan
IGNITE Page

Media Coverage:

http://humberetc.com/humber-students-want-birth-control-covered-by-hsf/

http://www.humber.ca/student-life/swac/health-counselling/walk-services/birth-control-counselling

Humber/GH Plan [DOMESTIC]:

Balanced Plan — Contraceptive maximum $60
Oral contraceptives, contraceptive patch and Nuva Ring subject to a maximum of $60.00.
Enhanced Dental Plan — Contraceptive co-insurance $60
Oral contraceptives, contraceptive patch and Nuva Ring subject to a maximum of $30.00.
Enhanced Drug Plan — Contraceptive maximum $60
Oral contraceptives, contraceptive patch and Nuva Ring subject to a maximum of $60.00.

Humber/GH Plan [INTERNATIONAL]:

Obstetrical / Maternity Expense Indemnity
$25,000 maximum for pre and post-natal care (childbirth, miscarriage, complications)
BALANCED — Oral contraceptives, contraceptive patch and Nuva Ring subject to a maximum of $60.00.
ENHANCED DENTAL — Oral contraceptives, contraceptive patch and Nuva Ring subject to a maximum of $30.00.
ENHANCED DRUG — Oral contraceptives, contraceptive patch and Nuva Ring subject to a maximum of $60.00.

REASONS:

Hormonal contraceptives (the pill, the patch, and the vaginal ring) all contain a small amount of man-made estrogen and progestin hormones. These hormones work to inhibit the body’s natural cyclical hormones to prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy is prevented by a combination of factors. The hormonal contraceptive usually stops the body from ovulating. Hormonal contraceptives also change the cervical mucus to make it difficult for the sperm to go through the cervix and find an egg. Hormonal contraceptives can also prevent pregnancy by changing the lining of the womb so it’s unlikely the fertilized egg will be implanted.

Another option for hormonal contraceptives is the extended-cycle pill, such as Seasonale, which was the first one to be approved. Seasonale contains the same hormones as other birth control pills, but the hormones are taken in a longer cycle. That reduces the number of menstrual periods from 13 periods a year to only four a year. That means a woman who takes this pill will menstruate only once each season.

Seasonale contains the same combination of two hormones that are commonly used in other hormonal contraceptives. But the pill is taken continuously for 12 weeks followed by one week of inactive pills, which results in a menstrual cycle. Other extended-cycle pills, such as Seasonique and LoSeasonique use a different configuration of the same hormones. Both of these pills use estrogen in the final week, with LoSeasonique providing a lower dose option.

TIMELINE FOR TAKING EFFECT:

When taken as directed, birth control pills are usually effective the first month you begin taking them. To be safe, some doctors recommend the use of another form of birth control, such as condoms and foam, during the first month. After the first month, you can just rely on the pill for birth control

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I believe that all students who access this portion of the Health and Dental Coverage should have the right to 100% coverage for 12 months of the year.

This coverage is representative of both Domestic & International Students.

If you are a student at GH or Humber who supports this, please take the time to sign and share ❤

With Love & Compassion,

Mikki Decker
Email: mikkidecker@live.com

SIGN HERE ❤

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Posted by:Mikki Decker

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