Why I Started Choose Control

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Those of you who know me have probably heard me talk about sexual and reproductive health, particularly family planning.  You may be asking, “what exactly is family planning?”  Great question!  Family planning is planning if and/or when to start a family by having children.  You accomplish this by using birth control when you don’t want to have a child, for example.  People who have the opposite goal — to have a child — accomplish this by using preconception care and infertility treatments (however, this is not the focus of Choose Control).

My focus is to help women and men who do not want to start or expand their families right now with their family planning needs.  Seems simple.  But as a nation, we are doing a really bad job of family planning despite a lot of valiant efforts.  Ready to have your mind blown?  Over half of all pregnancies…51% to be exact…are unintended (i.e., mistimed or unwanted).  That’s about 3 million of the 6 million pregnancies in the United States each year.  I hope your mind has been blown by this one statistic (if not, I’ve got lots more where that came from or check out this fact sheet).

Now you’re beginning to understand my passion for this issue.

As a pharmacist specializing in family planning, I know some things worth sharing. Pharmacists have expertise on medications and my expertise is on birth control (i.e., contraception in medical lingo).  I’d like to keep you, my friends and followers, in the know with relevant information and news on research, public policy, and products.  I will make this interactive and fun too.

In closing, I hope you will find Choose Control’s content useful.  I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and questions!


2 thoughts on “Why I Started Choose Control

  1. sam says:

    It’s great to finally see someone promoting the side of not having children. I think people need a lot of education when it comes to making these decisions, whether or not they are having kids. And clearly from your statistic half of all those babies came unplanned. That’s a recipe for bad news.

    The earth and future generations thank you for your work.

  2. Choose Control says:

    Sam, thanks for your comment. I am promoting planning, which for some may be not having children and for others may be timing them when they do want to have them. Hopefully I can help fill some of the education gaps with my posts. Most families in the US plan on having about two children, which means they spend a few years trying, pregnant, and postpartum; the remaining decades of their reproductive years are spent preventing pregnancy. While half of pregnancies are unplanned, some of these result in miscarriages and abortions, so not all result in live births. Use of highly effective methods of birth control can help avoid unintended pregnancies and everything that follows (more to come on that in a future post).

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