What does birth control make possible? If you are one of the 99 percent of women in the United States who have, then you know the many benefits of birth control. It empowers you to plan a family when you’re ready. It makes it easier for you to study, work, and travel before you have a baby. Moreover, worrying less about an unplanned pregnancy means you can focus on a happy, healthy, sex life.
On November 10, a social media campaign called “Thanks, Birth Control,” created by of Lifestyles Condoms in partnership with the online birth control support network, Bedsider, that asks for public support of birth control and all that it makes possible for individuals and society. The strategy was to ask people to speak up, dispel myths, share facts, and mobilize friends and colleagues to say #ThxBirthControl. From preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to making family planning easier, there are a lot of reasons to thank your birth control. If you’re feeling extra grateful toward your IUD birth control, condom, birth control pills, or diaphragm, the campaign wants to hear your reasoning or personal experience in support of diversified birth control methods.
“Education surrounding safe sex is a huge focus for our company and community, which is why we’re eager to partner with Bedsider for their #ThxBirthControl campaign and to engage and educate consumers in a whole new way,” said Carol Carrozza, Vice President of North American Marketing for Ansell, the makers of Lifestyle Condoms. “By partnering with an organization that shares our dedication to safe sex, we hope to raise awareness of becoming familiar with various methods and using birth control.”
To further its birth control awareness efforts, Lifestyles also collaborated with Bedsider for its “Bedsider U” campaign, which involved 224 student ambassadors across 30 U.S. colleges and universities distributing more than 75,000 Lifestyle Condoms to students.
What is the point of the campaign? Well…birth control matters: The ability to plan, prevent, and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits to women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and reduced taxpayer burden. It’s a normal part of life and should not be a taboo topic or the subject of political posturing. The vast majority of single young adults say they don’t want a pregnancy right now, yet four in 10 of those who are having sex are not using contraception consistently. More than half of sexually active college-age women say they would be more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way.
Birth control is also one of our greatest achievements when it comes to human health because some forms of birth control have the added benefit of stopping the spread of disease. Thanks to some of the most popular methods, like condoms, birth control prevents the spread of STIs that can cause serious health implications like cancer, infertility, and in some cases, death. One of the best things about birth control is that it comes in so many shapes, forms, and sizes to suit myraid lifestyles and needs. There’s a form of birth control out there for just about everyone, but it’s our duty to teach the public more about how to use birth control and to make it more readily available.
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