6 Reasons Why People Take Birth Control (Only One Is Pregnancy Prevention)

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Let’s get one thing straight: contraception is vital to health. It gives people the opportunity to plan their futures and families and decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant — and 87% of adults believe that is “one of the most important decisions” a person can make. Plus, according to a 2017 study, more than 85% of adults agree that birth control is a basic part of women’s health care.
No-one should have to explain why they’re opting for a specific type of medical treatment, but with so many birth control myths floating around, it’s important to clarify that contraception isn’t just used for pregnancy prevention. In fact, a survey that from Seventeen magazine and Power To Decide (the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy) found that 57% of girls ages 15-18 (and a whopping 77% of the 15- to 16-year-olds) were primarily using contraception for reasons other than pregnancy prevention.
In case you need more convincing (or someone you know does), here are just a few reasons that people might need, want, or choose to use birth control.
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