Join The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Bedsider, and me in saying, “Thanks, Birth Control” today! Birth control is a wonderful tool that helps us help our patients with family planning and other health issues.
All the reasons I️ say “thanks, birth control” on this day every year:
- Thanks for fewer unplanned pregnancies (women using birth control carefully and consistently account for only 5% of all unplanned pregnancies).
- Thanks for giving people the freedom to plan a family on their own terms.
- Thanks for more economic opportunities for young women and men.
- Thanks for greater educational attainment.
- Thanks for improved maternal health.
- Thanks for being so amazingly awesome that it is used by 99% of women who have had sex.
- Thanks for helping build stronger families.
- Thanks for being one of the nation’s top 10 greatest public health achievements of the last 100 years, according to the CDC.
- Thanks for reduced public spending.
- Thanks for fewer abortions.
- Thanks for reminding us of something that has great bi-partisan support.
- Thanks for building stronger relationships.
- Thanks for fewer health disparities.
- Thanks for less child poverty.
- Thanks for helping countless individuals better plan for their future and realize their dreams.
- Thanks for fewer low birth weight babies.
- Thanks for being so darn cost effective (public funding for contraception saves nearly $6 in medical costs for every $1 spend on contraceptive services).
- Thanks for saving countless panties and other clothing items from being stained by unregulated periods.
- Thanks for helping women manage heavy and/or painful periods (and the resulting lost days from work, costs for feminine products, and treatment costs).
- Thanks for treating acne.
- Thanks for preventing cancer.
- Thanks for coming in lots of different forms to choose from.
- Thanks for helping women skip pesky periods.
- Thanks for treating prementrual syndrome and premenstrual disphoric disorder.
- Thanks for letting women and men choose control of whether/when they want to have children.
Why are YOU or YOUR PATIENTS 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.