Birth control. It’s an essential part of health care for millions of women. Birth control helps women plan their families, and we know that family planning leads to families that are healthy and strong. Birth control also helps women manage major health issues, like endometriosis.
The stories, comments, and facts collected here reveal how birth control has made a difference in the lives of women across the country, and why we must protect access to affordable birth control for every woman who needs it.
June marks the 47th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut — the Supreme Court decision that gave married couples the right to use birth control. This landmark decision was the first in a series of events that transformed women’s lives — expanding their rights to health care.
But the story doesn’t end there. Despite the fact that 99 percent of sexually active American women will use birth control at some point in their lives, women’s health opponents are still seeking to limit women’s access to contraception.
The fact is, birth control is basic health care for women. The average woman will spend five years pregnant, postpartum, or trying to get pregnant, and 30 years of her life trying to avoid pregnancy.
A little planning can go a long way in helping women and their partners achieve timely pregnancies and healthy families.
Planned Parenthood providers can help women plan their families and avoid unintended pregnancies. Contact your local Planned Parenthood health center today.
Which Kind of Birth Control is Right for You?
Birth control methods are not one-size-fits-all. Take a few minutes to answer these simple questions about your lifestyle and your likes and dislikes. After you answer the questions, we’ll suggest the birth control methods that may be right for you.
Learn more about your birth control options.