World Contraception Day (September 26) has become more relevant than ever. Shocking statics like there are currently 19.5 million women living in counties without access to a full range of birth control methods are why we need to take action. If you think just because the U.S. isn't a "contraceptive desert" that we're in the clear when it comes to BC rights, well, you're mistaken. Even with insurance, you can be refused birth control access by an employer. The Supreme Court recently ruled that an employer can deny birth control insurance coverage to their employees if they personally object to contraception. A whopping 126,000 could lose coverage.
Pill Club, a trusted healthcare partner for women, tells Byrdie that on average, U.S. women want to have two children. To achieve this, they spend 3 years in the “pregnancy process”* which means they have to use birth control for 30 YEARS, to avoid pregnancy. That’s over 90% of their reproductive life and A LOT of birth control. And if you think the birth control subject is only relevant when it comes to pregnancy, think again.
“Hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills have medical uses and benefits beyond pregnancy prevention. For example, many women report improvement in menstrual cramping and heavy bleeding on birth control pills, doctors often prescribe them for this,” says Dr. Amy Roskin, Pill Club's Medical Director and Head of Clinical Operations.
She continued, “In addition, oral contraceptives can improve acne, some brands are FDA approved for this. Another important use for some types of birth control pills is for treatment of the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). These are some examples of why birth control access is critical for contraception, but also other significant health issues and challenges that many women face."
Here at Byrdie, we appreciate the importance of knowing the facts, which is exactly why we collaborated with the Pill Club to give you a comprehensive resource list to help you better understand contraceptive rights via books to read, documentaries to watch, places to donate, and more.
What To Read:
Published by Simon & Schuster, this book heavily discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution.
In this eloquently-argued personal essay—adapted from the TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She draws extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics.
In this moving and compelling book, Melinda’s unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention―from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world―and ourselves.
Soulful, forceful, and tender are all words to describe Untamed. This memoir shares the author's story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness (or wholeness) of a family depends not only on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring their full self to the table.
What To Watch:
Mrs. America (Available on Hulu)
Mrs. America recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, the FX series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.
RBG (Available on Hulu)
An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.
Sexology with Shan Boodram (Available on Quibi)
In Sexology with Shan Boodram, certified Sexologist Shan Boodram, the most sought-after sex educator on the internet, shows you how to navigate sex, dating, and relationships today.
Where To Donate:
Bedsider's BCBenefits offers low-income individuals free birth control.
SisterSong dedicates themselves to reproductive justice for women of color through eradicating reproductive oppression.
Who To Call
Contact your senators to demand a replacement for justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who will protect affordable birth control. Pill Club has created a really simple way with Resistbot to make contacting your senators super easy. Simply text CHOICE to 50409 and Resistbot will turn your text into a pre-written email sent directly to them.
To learn more about how to participate in World Contraception Day this Saturday, visit Pill Club’s Instagram.