Blogger pairs drinks with contraceptionBy Neal Baker
A blogger has responded to controversial government advice regarding drinking and birth control by pairing different methods of contraception with alcoholic drinks.
Last week, the Centres for Disease Control in the US told women that if they weren’t on birth control they shouldn’t drink at all.
CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat said: “About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women won’t know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking. The risk is real. Why take the chance?”
The report was widely criticised by those who viewed it as an attempt to shame sexually active women or those who enjoy moderate drinking.
And one opponent has taken her criticism to the next level, posting a tounge-in-cheek picture on Instagram that showed different types of contraception paired with different alcoholic drinks.
“For those concerned about the CDC’s recommendation that ladies should not drink without birth control (eye roll) – fear not,” American blogger Katie Jean wrote.
“I made an easy to use birth control and booze pairing chart to help guide you when making your reproductive and alcoholic choices. Trust me I’m an expert. Drink up ladies.”
For those women taking the pill who are “classic and love tradition”, she suggests red wine as it represents “the daily ritual and monthly reminder”.
Women using the contraceptive patch should drink gin as you “like being in control of your fertility but not on a daily basis,” Jean wrote.
For women who get their partners to use a condom, Jean recommends drinking beer: “You like to keep things simple and are always straightforward. You stick to basics but enjoy different flavours.”