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November 12 is the day I say #ThxBirthControl every year

#ThxBirthControl day is November 12

Tomorrow marks the 4th annual Thanks, Birth Control campaign started on Nov. 12, 2013 as a way to continue a positive national conversation on birth control and the benefits it brings into many lives. #ThxBirthControl aims to have people reflect and discuss the ways birth control has had a positive impact on their lives.

Why I’m Thankful

Birth control has played a huge role in my life and has given me much to be thankful for. It gives me the ability to live my life on my own terms, allowing me to end my family’s cycle of teen pregnancy.

Access to birth control through my local Planned Parenthood health center allowed me to be the first in my family to graduate from high school and attend college. Coming from a family where teen pregnancy is very common, I feel that this is a huge accomplishment. Many of my family members and close friends did not finish high school or chose not to continue their education because they had to support their growing family. I am grateful that birth control has allowed me the choice of when, if ever, I wish to become pregnant. 

The other reason I’m thankful for birth control is that it helps me have a healthy menstrual cycle! Birth control doesn’t have just one use; it can help with multiple other health-related issues, such as regulating periods.

For example, I started menstruating at the age of eleven and, as you can imagine, having a period in elementary school wasn’t a common experience for other girls my age. Three years later, my periods became extremely irregular and my doctor said this was common and that it would pass. However, after multiple years of having irregular periods and other symptoms, I was finally diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). My doctor then told me that birth control would help regulate my periods and control my PCOS. It was such a relief to hear that I could use the pill to manage PCOS and prevent pregnancy at the same time.

Thanks, birth control! I have been able to live a healthy life filled with choices and opportunities because of you!

Access to birth control just got better!

After this year’s signing of SB 999 by Governor Brown, a bill which provides women the ability to conveniently pick up 12-months’ worth of birth control at one time, women no longer have to worry about how they will get to a pharmacy every month for a new contraceptive supply, risking a gap in contraception use if they aren’t able to refill their prescription before an old pill pack runs out.

Specifically, the bill requires:

  • Health plans to cover up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives when such a prescription is requested by a woman’s health care provider.
  • Pharmacists to dispense up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives at a patient’s request.

Earlier this year, Medi-Cal managed care plans began covering 12-month supplies of hormonal contraceptives, and now that SB 999 is law, all other health plans will be required to follow suit. This is exciting news that gives women even more opportunity to benefit from access to the contraceptive method that best meets their needs.

How you can help

Help shape the narrative around birth control by posting your own story and sharing why you are thankful for birth control so that everyone can understand the positive impacts of birth control!

Tweet or post a Facebook message using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl.

Check out The National Campaign’s "Thanks, Birth Control" page for more on this topic, and check out these fun graphics and postcards from Bedsider celebrating #ThxBirthControl!

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