The price of safe sex has gone up.
Last week, the Red&Black reported that the price of discounted birth control pills through the University Health Center has risen and will continue to rise due to changes in the federal budget.
I found this out myself when I renewed my prescription last Thursday and paid $17 per pack instead of $14. This is the current rate for Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo without insurance coverage.
That translates to an extra $36 per year -- enough to buy a new pair of Rainbow sandals (currently on sale at Charbon's for about that price!)
Luckily, this is still a discounted rate, but as the price rises, it may discourage girls from purchasing the pills in the future.
And this is a shame, since birth control is one of the best forms of preventing unwanted pregnancy out there.
To draw on Dane Cook, there's no "ha ha" here.
More expensive pills mean more girls without protection.
In the future, young women who are forced to weigh the benefits of birth control against a higher price may start thinking, "I won't be having sex THAT often," or "I don't have THAT much sex."
They'll start deciding that if they only have sex two or three times a month (that's already paying $6 per encounter -- enough to buy an entire box of condoms) that the cost won't be worth it.
There's nothing wrong with condoms, of course, when they're used correctly. But we can already see how well they worked in "Knocked Up."
Ok, not the best example, but all the guys and gals who engage in hook-up culture after drinking downtown are more likely to forget to use a condom at all or be in no state of mind to put it on properly.
Guys should be concerned, because this affects them, too.
If fewer young women are on the pill, it places more responsibility on the male to take measures to prevent pregnancy.
Some guys out there assume they don't need to provide condoms when they hook up with a girl because "she's on the pill." Some even assume most girls are on the pill, and go around spreading their seeds without a care.
No more, if the price of having safe sex rises. Responsible guys will have to provide condoms or pitch in to help their girlfriends carry the financial burden of protection.
Unfortunately, the bottom line is that birth control is a preventative measure, which makes paying for it like paying for insurance.
Everybody hates paying insurance because, if nothing happens to you, it feels like a waste of money. But when something does happen, that cost seems a small price to pay.
If that something is a bun in your oven, compare more than $250,000 (the average cost of raising a child, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture) to $36.
Those new Rainbows aren't looking so hot anymore.
So, promiscuous ladies, suppress your frugal tendencies and shell out for the pills. Your wallet might feel the crunch, but your uterus will be happy.
And everyone loves a happy uterus.