5 Ways to Celebrate World Contraception Day
September 26th marks World Contraception Day – an annual event dedicated to improving awareness of the role birth control plays in enabling people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Here are five ways you can participate in World Contraception Day that will have an impact:
Open a Conversation About Birth Control
Research shows that young people want to hear from their parents and other adults in their lives about navigating sex, love, and relationships! In addition to pregnancy prevention, birth control can also help people manage their period, prevent acne and anemia, and more – all things that young people deserve to experience! If you want to be a trusted champion, just come right out and say, “If you ever need birth control, I will help.” You can also share our Teen’s Guide to Birth Control to get the conversation started.
Reevaluate Your Own Method
There’s no such thing as the perfect method, and there is no hierarchy of birth control based on effectiveness or longevity. What matters most is how you feel about how your method meets your expectations for your lifestyle and your body. As your life evolves, so too may your health care needs. So, even if a method has worked for you in the past, it may not be the best option for you in the present or future. Take the time to check in with yourself and reassess what you need from your birth control.
Make Your Voice Heard
We want to hear your birth control story — and help amplify it. Why? Because your voice matters, and it can make a difference. Storytelling is a critical part of changing policy and public conversations. Whether you have a story about why you love your method or about struggling to get your birth control, telling your story is one of the most powerful ways to influence those around you! Use our digital storybank to share what access to the birth control method that's right for you has made possible in your life!
Donate to BCBenefits
Did you know that it can cost folks over $500 a year to get birth control? BCBenefits–our contraceptive access fund–is helping people struggling to make ends meet access the basic health care they deserve! And since launching in 2019, we have helped more than 6,700 people get birth control at no cost. But as attacks on reproductive freedom rise, we need your help more than ever before. Just $5 a month can provide someone with birth control for a full year. Together, we can ensure access to contraception for those who need it most.
Gear Up for Thanks, Birth Control Day 2022
If you’re looking for a way to continue uplifting everything contraception has made possible, mark your calendar! Thanks, Birth Control Day 2022 is officially set for Wednesday, November 16th. You can also make sure that you are ready to post your best selfie with some of our amazing merch. Stay tuned for new graphics, data, and ways to join in on the celebration.