This is a "hot topic" for me. Families who keep having babies that they can't afford and then bitching about money just puts me on the edge of screaming at them. And before anyone says "you can get pregnant on BC too", I know that. I know BC fails sometimes, but at least they are trying to be responsible, correct?
If you want tons of kids, more power to you...especially if you can afford them. I'm not saying that people shouldn't have more than one or two kids, not at all. I personally think large families are wonderful. I wish I had a large family growing up.
I see a lot of women on some of these army wives pages complaining about not having enough money for christmas, or for diapers, or needing assistance with this or that. I completely understand that sometimes things happen and finance messes up pay and it could be you're just having a momentary problem. My issue lies with the ones who have kids already and already can't provide for them the way they would like. Then they get pregnant because they weren't careful enough to use birth control.
If you can't afford another baby, no reason is a good one to have one. Having "baby fever" or a recent deployment is not a good enough reason to bring another child into the world that you can't afford, in my opinion anyways... If you know you can barely make car payments, what makes you think you can afford a baby?
From the Tricare website:
TRICARE covers the following forms of birth control when prescribed by a TRICARE-authorized provider:
Contraceptive diaphragm, including measurement, purchase and replacement;
Intrauterine devices, including surgical insertion, removal and replacement;
Prescription contraceptives, including the Preven Emergency Contraceptive Kit containing special doses of regular birth control pills and a self-administered pregnancy test;
Surgical sterilization, male and female.
TRICARE does not cover:
Nonprescription spermicidal foams, jellies or sprays.
Something else I notice that happens - some men seem to like to pressure their wives into having more kids once they come home for deployment or before they leave. The cases I have seen like this are the ones who are trying keep their women tied down because they don't want them out doing things while they are gone. If you feel like this is your husband... run... this is controlling behavior and not cool.
Done with my rant now. =)
Tricare covers BC