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The Birth Control Pill

When people think about birth control pills, negative ideas instantly come to mind. Many are convinced that contraceptives are immoral, unnatural and anti-life. Nevertheless, birth control pills have proved to be essential to female empowerment around the world. When used as a contraceptive, birth control pills allow women to have autonomy over their own body; allowing them to make the choice on whether they want to risk pregnancy based off of their financial and or health situation. 

A common misconception is that birth control pills are only used for contraception. In reality, 58% of 151 million pill users and 82 % of teen users, utilize the pill for reasons other than pregnancy prevention. According to the Guttmacher Institute, some of the most common uses for the pill include: reducing menstrual pain/side effects, menstrual regulation, acne treatment, and endometriosis treatment. This pill is essential for the hundreds of thousands of women who suffer from PCOS, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, PMS, PMDD, acne, hirsutism, and other health conditions resulting from low estrogen levels.

As of now, only 16 out of 50 states in the U.S. provide free access to birth control pills. Ontario is the only province in Canada that provides the pill free of charge. More states, provinces, and countries need to legislate access to free birth control pills in order to allow women to make their own choices in regards to their body and to provide an affordable treatment option for menstrual and estrogen related health conditions. 

References:

“Contraceptive Use by Method 2019 Data Booklet.” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2019.

“How to Get Birth Control Pills in Canada?” PocketPills, Pocket Pills Pharmacy , 13 Aug. 2020, http://www.pocketpills.com/blog/birth-control/how-to-get-birth-control-pills-in-canada.

“Many American Women Use Birth Control Pills for Noncontraceptive Reasons.” Guttmacher Institute, Guttmacher Institute, 1 Dec. 2011, http://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2011/many-american-women-use-birth-control-pills-noncontraceptive-reasons.

“Noncontraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills.” Reproductive Facts, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2020, http://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/noncontraceptive-benefits-of-birth-control-pills/.

“What Is the Law in Your State?” Free the Pill, 2020.

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