Women and men on Twitter are sharing how birth control has made their lives better.
Planned Parenthood started the hashtag #BirthControlHelpedMe on June 18, raising awareness about the difference effective contraception can make in a person's life. The hashtag is part of a campaign, featuring erected billboards in Times Square.
Attacks on birth control are heating up, so it's time to shout our stories from the rooftops. Fill in the tweet: #BirthControlHelpedMe ____!
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) June 18, 2015
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) June 22, 2015
Women shared how using birth control allowed them to complete their life goals, advance in their careers and enjoy their sex lives at times without the fear of unintended pregnancy.
#BirthControlHelpedMe to be able to safely and effectively decide when having children was right for me.
— Mary Agudelo (@moaphers) June 18, 2015
— Rose Niz (@Amandahb426) June 22, 2015
— Rachel (@racheldyer100) June 22, 2015
An estimated 1.5 million women use hormonal birth control solely for non-contraceptive benefits. Many women shared how birth control helped with various health problems, for example by regulating their periods and clearing up acne.
— Kate Bernyk (@kbernyk) June 22, 2015
#BirthControlHelpedMe get rid of acne, a 5-day amazonian attack on my body, unpredictable periods, and lessened migraines...I could go on
— Krissy Bryde (@BrydeK18) June 18, 2015
In my early 20s I suffered from debilitating cramps, mood swings, sickness. It helped me function in normal life. #BirthControlHelpedMe
— aprilhauck (@aprilhauck) June 19, 2015
My period was overwhelming as a teen — pain, exhaustion, etc. #BirthControlHelpedMe ease the pain so I didn't have to miss class.
— Ponta (@typicalfeminist) June 22, 2015
Men also weighed in to share how using contraception with their partners allowed them to choose if and when fatherhood was right for them.
#BirthControlHelpedMe save my wife's health - I got a vasectomy because pregnancy would've endangered it.
— Dave (@TooOldToBeCool) June 18, 2015
— Brant Silvers (@brantsilvers) June 22, 2015
The hashtag reminds us that birth control changes so many lives for the better -- and access is worth fighting for.
Read more #BirthControlHelpedMe tweets here.