I first went on birth control when I was 16 years old. It wasn’t because I was sexually active (I wasn’t for several more years) but because I was experiencing heavy and irregular periods, and my doctor thought this would be the best way to stabilize my menstrual cycle. I stayed on the birth control pill for years and through several relationships, eventually also trying the ring, an intra-uterine device (IUD) and am now happily on NEXTPLANON (an etonogestrel implant that goes into your arm). Having access to birth control has been an important part of my life, sexual health and reproductive freedom. And it’s precisely stories like these that are being celebrated today on “Thanks, Birth Control” Day.
Planned Parenthood has launched “Thanks, Birth Control” Day through The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The campaign encourages people to share facts about birth control and to be loud and proud about why we are so grateful for it. And with Trump and his supporters attacking birth control and woman’s reproductive rights, now is an exceedingly important time to talk about the importance of birth control with the hashtag #ThxBirthControl.
In honor of today, Latinas everywhere are sharing their stories. Listen to the stories of Yulinda Garza from El Centro, California, Silvia Avila from Phoenix, Arizona and Nuvia Enriquez, from Phoenix, Arizona as they share about their experiences with birth control:
Women are also taking to Twitter to share their stories and thanking birth control for existing. I mean, if it wasn’t for birth control, we wouldn’t have half the options we currently have about our own reproductive health, amirite? Here’s a selection of tweets that we can all totally relate to:
#ThxBirthControl for allowing me to live a life that didn't revolve around my abnormally heavy period and the unpredictability that it brought 👌
— Leah ☮ REPUTATION (@leah_93) November 15, 2017
I feel you, girl. SERIOUSLY.
#thxbirthcontrol for helping women take control of their own futures.
— Shannon. (@SnowflakeHappy) November 15, 2017
Our bodies, our choice!
#ThxBirthControl for letting me choose when I want to try for a baby
— Green Eyed Monster (@wildwest28) November 15, 2017
Yes, choice is VERY important.
Birth control lets me plan MY life on MY terms: I get to focus on my career, travel as much as I want, and enjoy my life sans a screaming rugrat. #thxbirthcontrol, you're a pal.
— Bianca Mendez (@BiancaMendezz) November 15, 2017
Because it’s ok for women to want to have safe sex. To want to wait to have children. To want to finish their education before starting a family. Or for those simply need birth control to reduce pain, acne, period control, etc. #ThxBirthControl
— Catalina✧ (@catagonzalez_5) November 15, 2017
All about that safe sex!