1. is medicine

Birth control is medicine (It is used to treat conditions such as , PCOS, dysmenorrhea,  and acne!).

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2. Birth control prevents teen pregnancies.

Federal funding for has helped avoid 1.3 million unintended pregnancies as of 2015, researchers found, and when it comes to teens, the impact is dramatic. Teen pregnancy rates drop sharply with access to free .

Read: The Life-Changing Economic Impacts of

3. is good for our sex lives.

“Sex is natural and can be quite fun” and helps you enjoy it safely!

Read: Is sex good for you? The health benefits of sex

4. will be there for the long haul.

IUDs can last for anywhere from 3 to 12 years, depending on the brand.

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5. is a life-long friend.

On average, people with uteri may be on for 30 years of their life.

Read: Why we won’t call ourselves a women’s health company

6. facilitates equality.

Researchers found that 10% of the gender pay gap narrowing in the 1980s is specifically due to the pill, and 30% in the 1990s. This has huge implications for the lives of women, who are still 35% more likely to live in poverty than men in the United States.

Read: The Life-Changing Economic Impacts of

7. helps us achieve our goals at any age.

Attitudes around the importance of differ by age group, with younger women more likely to see as essential to achieving equality while women aged 30-44 more likely to list as essential to achieving professional goals.

Read: The Stakes of Access

8. is covered.

Having access to no-copay saved people in the U.S. $483 million in 2013, averaging at $269 in savings per person.

Read: Is My Covered By Insurance under the Affordable Care Act?

9. is safe.

There’s no evidence that taking over the long term has any ill effects on fertility. A 2018 review looked at 22 studies done between 1985 and 2017 that all looked at people’s fertility after stopping .2 Eighty-three percent of them got pregnant within 12 months, and the researchers concluded that there was no evidence that harmed fertility.

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10. gives us the freedom to choose.

Birth control allows us to choose if/when we want to be pregnant and to pursue educational and career goals.

Read: The Life-Changing Economic Impacts of