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Why People Are Giving Shout-Outs to Their Birth Control

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Birth control is a daily reality for many adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 62% of women aged 15-44 were on some form of contraception in 2011-2013. But with the election of Donald Trump, many fear that his vows to overturn parts or all of the Affordable Care Act will translate into losing access to their preferred birth control method.

Many last week urged people to get IUDs while the Affordable Care Act was still in place. And this week, people took to social media on National “Thanks, Birth Control” Day to share their stories about their experiences with birth control:

And it wasn’t just women who were giving shout-outs to contraception.

Obamacare cut the cost of birth control nearly in half, and having that kind of access can have a huge impact on the lives of the people who use it. Some experts have even argued that access to the Pill is partly responsible for women’s wage gains since the 1960s. People use birth control not only to prevent pregnancy, but for a wide variety of health-related reasons such as menstrual regulation and endometriosis, according to the Guttmacher Institute. No wonder so many women took to social media to share their personal stories.

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