Last year, Planned Parenthood launched a popular social media campaign called #ThxBirthControl to have people consider the many benefits that birth control offers, and to generate conversation on the topic. The campaign reminds people just how significant access to birth control is to women and men nationwide. Maintaining the importance of birth control is imperative in this time of public health cuts and threats to reduce access to essential health-related services.
The Necessity for Birth Control
As many as 70% of women in the United States are at risk of an unintended pregnancy. In fact, couples that do not use any form of birth control have an 85% risk of pregnancy within a twelve-month period. Women today are using birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Studies have demonstrated that 99% of women who have engaged in sex have used some form of birth control. Moreover, more than 60% of women of reproductive age are currently using birth control.
Birth Control Works
According to research, 68% of the women who use birth control on a regular basis correctly account for approximately 5% of unplanned pregnancies. There are some forms of birth control, like IUDs, which have a failure rate that is under 1%. Using an effective form of birth control can substantially reduce the risk for unintended pregnancy. Today, women in the U.S. have universal access to birth control, which transcends race and religion.
Plan Pregnancy when It’s Right for You
Many women in the U.S. want two children and depend on birth control to prevent additional pregnancies. It is typical for contemporary women to use birth control for roughly thirty years in order to attain their reproductive goals. The ability to plan pregnancy has allowed women to pursue educational and career goals as well as allowing them to support their children’s well-being. The freedom to plan one’s pregnancy leads to greater control of one’s life.
Improved Maternal & Infant Health
Women who get pregnant early or later in life may be vulnerable to certain health risks. Additionally, women who plan their pregnancies tend to get prenatal care early on in their pregnancies and are less likely to drink or smoke. Birth control allows women to space their children out, which helps safeguard the mother’s health and allows her to care for her young children without fear of becoming pregnant again too soon. Planned pregnancies are also associated with improved infant health.
Birth Control is an Achievement for Public Health
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized that birth control is one of the greatest achievements for public health in the last century. Birth control is also a cost effective solution for public funding as it saves approximately $6 in healthcare costs for every $1 spent on birth control. Birth control is also used to treat other health conditions like endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and extreme menstrual pain. Using birth control may also reduce the risk for some types of cancer. Furthermore, with fewer unplanned pregnancies, there are also fewer abortions.
Birth control is important to many women and their families. Today, there are more choices and options when it comes to birth control than ever before. The continued access to birth control allows women to exert control over their reproductive health as well as their lives in general. The #ThxBirthControl campaign reminds people just how important birth control is to citizens today.