Cover Photo: Charlotte Cooper/flickr
Charlotte Cooper/flickr

You’ll Feel a Pinch: An Attempt to Get Birth Control to Outlast a Presidency

“Taking care of our bodies is a privilege when it should be a right.”




pregnantdo not want.

sit here.

fuck youone.

Confirm pregnancymaternity carepostpartum careproblem-oriented visit.What is your problem?

I want my IUD replaced early.

I want my IUD replaced early.


To start.


Doctor Strange



You matter, you are worthy of care.

Jesus God it hurt.


You matter, You are worthy of care.

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections, most recently the memoir-in-essays The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, winner of the 2017 Book of the Year in Nonfiction from the Chicago Review of Books. Her work appears in Best American Essays, New York Times, Poets & Writers, the Believer, Tin House, Longreads, Catapult, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She has told stories for NPR, Museum of Contemporary Art, Goodman Theatre, and regularly with The Paper Machete lives news magazine. She teaches for the MFA Program in Prose & Poetry at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago with her son.