Today is World Contraception Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about birth control and safe sex. So we are reflecting on just a few of the reasons birth control is the best and why we are working so hard to defend it.
- Birth control has dramatically improved the social and economic well-being of women by helping them plan and space pregnancies – leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to name birth control one of the top ten achievements of the 20th century.
- Advances in medicine and technology mean individuals have a wide variety of birth control options to choose from in order to address their unique health needs.
- We still have a ways to go, but birth control has played a major role in raising women’s wages in order to close the gender wage gap.
- Birth control is used for more than just pregnancy prevention and family planning: 58% of birth control users rely on the pill, at least in part, for reasons other than pregnancy prevention such as, reducing cramps or menstrual pain and treating various health conditions.
- Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more women in the U.S. than ever before – 57.6 million – have insurance coverage of birth control with no out-of-pocket costs, which saved women over $1.4 billion in one year on birth control pills alone.
These are just a few of the reasons we need to spread the word about the wonders of birth control, not just today, but every day!