Thanks, Birth Control

#ThxBirthControl Sally Rafie Choose Control croppedThe availability of birth control has played a direct and powerful role in countless aspects of all of our lives.  For all of these reasons and more, today is the day that we hope you will join The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Bedsider, and me in saying, “Thanks, Birth Control.”

  1. Thanks for fewer unplanned pregnancies (women using birth control carefully and consistently account for only 5% of all unplanned pregnancies).
  2. Thanks for giving us the freedom to plan a family on our own terms.
  3. Thanks for more economic opportunities for young women and men.
  4. Thanks for greater educational attainment.
  5. Thanks for improved maternal health.
  6. Thanks for being so amazingly awesome that it is used by 99% of women who have had sex.
  7. Thanks for helping build stronger families.
  8. Thanks for being one of the nation’s top 10 greatest public health achievements of the last 100 years, according to the CDC.
  9. Thanks for reduced public spending.
  10. Thanks for fewer abortions.
  11. Thanks for reminding us of something that has great bi-partisan support.
  12. Thanks for building stronger relationships.
  13. Thanks for fewer health disparities.
  14. Thanks for less child poverty.
  15. Thanks for helping countless individuals better plan for their future and realize their dreams.
  16. Thanks for fewer low birth weight babies.
  17. Thanks for being so darn cost effective (public funding for contraception saves nearly $6 in medical costs for every $1 spend on contraceptive services).
  18. Thanks for saving countless panties and other clothing items from being stained by unregulated periods.
  19. Thanks for helping women manage heavy and/or painful periods (and the resulting lost days from work, costs for feminine products, and treatment costs).
  20. Thanks for treating acne.
  21. Thanks for preventing cancer.
  22. Thanks for coming in lots of different forms to choose from.
  23. Thanks for helping women skip pesky periods.
  24. Thanks for treating prementrual syndrome and premenstrual disphoric disorder.
  25. Thanks for letting women and men choose control of whether/when they want to have children.

Why are YOU thankful for birth control?  Tweet (#ThxBirthControl), post something on Facebook, share one of Bedsider’s clever digital postcards, or add a comment here.  Need some ideas?  The National Campaign has plenty.

Thank you and thanks birth control.

Other Uses for The Pill

While millions of women use birth control for just that, more than 1.5 million women (that’s 14% of pill users) are using it solely for another heath reason.

Many women using the pills for birth control also rely on the pills for other purposes, mainly menstrual cramps/pain, menstrual regulation, and acne.  Some pill users are either not currently sexually active or have never had sex.

So you can see there are lots of health benefits to birth control pills!

Other Benefits of Birth Control Pills

 


References:

  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives. Practice Bulletin No. 110. Obstet Gynecol 2010.
  2. Jones RK. Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills. New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.