The Top Five Reasons to Celebrate Birth Control Today

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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!