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On September 26th, the world comes together to celebrate World Contraception Day, a global recognition dedicated to raising awareness on the significance of birth control and the profound power it has beyond its fundamental health benefits. This day underscores the transformative power of contraceptives, offering individuals the remarkable means to control their bodies and futures, therefore embracing the power of choice.

Contraceptives Have the Power to Change Lives
The declaration that contraceptives possess the ability to reshape lives is more than a mere fact. The freedom to determine if and when to start a family not only enhances one’s education prospects but also elevates lifetime earnings. According to a report by the Joint Economic Committee, individuals with early access to legal birth control options are 20% more likely to enroll in college, with a higher likelihood of successfully completing their degrees. What’s more, a study leveraged decades of U.S. data from the 1960s to the 1970s and recognized the significant role the birth control pill had in reducing the wage gap between men and women. Specifically, it contributed to a 10% decrease in the wage gap during the 1980s and a substantial 30% reduction in the 1990s.

The power of choice extends far beyond the binary decisions of whether or not to use birth control. The spectrum of available contraceptive method is many and diverse, allowing individuals to choose the best option that fits their unique lifestyles and preferences. Whether it’s the convenience of the pill and condoms, the extended protection of the patch or intrauterine devices (IUDs), the decision is entirely yours.

Planned Parenthood is Here to Assist
If you find yourself uncertain about which birth control method suits you best, rest assured that Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) is here to assist you. Our dedicated providers are readily available to help you, addressing any questions you may have and guiding you toward the contraceptive solution that best suits your lifestyle. Appointments are at your convenience, offered seven days a week. To schedule an appointment, please call 714-922-4100.

World Contraception Day stands as a testament to the empowerment found in choice, and through informed decisions about birth control, we empower ourselves to shape brighter, more promising futures.

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