“Oh shiiiiiit is she about to get political?” Nope. Calm thyself. It’s just storytime, that’s all. Take from it what you will.
A woman’s journey to refill her birth control**
**a pill used for preventing pregnancy, helping get rid of acne, having fewer periods, and providing relief for many health conditions such as Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and painful cramps
Day 1, Hour 1
I leave a phone message at Walmart’s pharmacy. “Hi, I’d like to refill my birth control prescription.”
Day 1, Hour 5
Walmart calls back. “You have no more refills. Please make an appointment with your primary care physician to get a prescription.”
Day 1, Hour 6
I make an appointment for three days later with my primary care physician.
Day 4, Hour 1
I go see my primary care physician. I pay a $20 copay. I see my physician for 20 minutes and receive my prescription refill. She tells me she thinks it will be cheaper at Walgreens so she gives me a paper prescription so I can take it there.
Day 4, Hour 2
I arrive at Walgreens. I wait in line for five minutes while an elderly couple complains that their flu shot has taken so long/ “Sam’s Club would have never taken that long.” I go to the counter and hand them my prescription. The pharmacist informs me that they don’t have my brand at that particular location but insists that she has one that “is pretty much the same thing.” Any woman who has been on birth control knows that each and every pill has TOTALLY different side effects so I call bullshit. I’m not going to gain 15 pounds or get permanent acne scars on my face again like what happened when they put me on Yaz. I’m hesitant but feel uncomfortable because I’m holding up the line with this very public conversation and the pharmacist is very insistent that she can give me a good alternative. I make the decision to leave and try Walmart.
Day 4, Hour 3
I call Walmart from my car on the drive over. They have what I need but by the time I get there the pharmacist will be at lunch so I have to wait.
Day 4, Hour 4
I’m told that they only have one pack’s worth of my birth control but I’m more than welcome to pick that up today and come back on Friday for the next two packs. Another hoop to jump through but I’m just grateful that they have what I need. I decide to just leave and pick them all up on Friday because I’m almost late for work.
Day 6, Hour 1
I pick up my birth control. Thanks to good insurance I only pay $27.
So six days, many hours and almost $50 later, my birth control is finally in my hand. Lucky girl!
A man’s journey getting birth control**
**used solely for preventing pregnancy and STDs
Man walks into Walgreens. Man selects from dozens of condoms. Man walks up to counter. “That’ll be $10. Have a nice day.”