Women are Thanking Their Birth Control On Twitter, And It's Brilliant
On Wednesday, a chain of "Thank Yous" started spreading across Twitter, all using the same hashtag: #thxbirthcontrol. It’s part of an annual push by Bedsider.org, an online birth control support network run by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Each year, the organization picks one day in November to encourage people to talk about birth control. And this year, they chose November 16.
Birth control is often a taboo subject, even though the use of birth control and contraceptives is extremely common. More than 99 percent of sexually active women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 will use some form of contraception in their lifetime, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Women are thanking birth control for giving them control. And having control is important. According to the Guttmacher Institute, between 2008 and 2011, there was a steep drop in the rate of unintended pregnancy in the U.S. (it went down 18 percent). The main reason for this decline: "more and better contraceptive use." Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. also declined between 2007 and 2011, thanks to an increase in contraception use. Here’s how some women are saying #thxbirthcontrol:
#ThxBirthControl for allowing me to control my life and my choice to not have children.— Tarah Demant (@tarahdemant) November 16, 2016
#ThxBirthControl For helping me wait until I was in the right place in my life to have a child. Stable life = easier to care for my child.— Stacy Nelson (@StacyN81012) November 16, 2016
Women are thanking birth control for its other wondrous benefits, too. There's a host of reasons to take birth control, besides just avoiding pregnancy. It can help ease painful menstrual cramps, aid menstrual migraines, control heavy bleeding, improve skin, and even help people suffering from endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Twitter users brilliantly brought that up, too.
Of course, birth control isn't all rainbows and sunshine. Real talk: There are some drawbacks to birth control. If you're not taking birth control and you're interested, work with your doctor to figure out the best birth control option for you. Luckily, there are many effective options today, including the pill, IUDs, and Nexplanon. But these tweets show why birth control — and access to it — is so important. Whether to prevent unplanned pregnancy or aid with other menstrual-related issues, birth control is a valuable option. And most people — on both sides of the aisle — agree access to birth control is important for women.
A new survey conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy revealed that 81 percent of adults agree that "birth control is a basic part of women's health care," including 70 percent of Republicans polled and 90 percent of Democrats. Our opinion: The more we encourage a conversation around any important issue — birth control and beyond — the better. #thxbirthcontrol, and thanks everyone for tweeting about how important it is to you.
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