I am up early (before 5 AM) which is unheard of! I am exhausted but can’t sleep so I’m doing the next best thing, I blog. One issue that is really bothering me is birth control. I am seeing this quote and references to it around social media “52 percent of men say they haven’t benefited from women having affordable birth control.” I do not often talk about politics because it is just not an area that I am used to writing about. However, being a woman, I was shocked to read the above statement. My initial reaction is to feel angry and disgusted that men feel that it matters whether or not they have benefited from something that helps women. When I step back and breath though, I realized that I need to explain why men DO benefit from women having access to birth control. There are actually many reasons that men benefit. The sad thing is that they probably do not even realize it and because of that, women may actually lose insurance coverage on their affordable birth control. The more women (and men) speak out to educate on this topic, the higher the possibility we can prevent this from happening.
Men are you listening ? Are you comfortable? Here we go…
First off, I want to ask you if you have a mother, wife, girlfriend, female friend, or daughter? If so, birth control effects you and is a very important topic that you need to get educated on. Even if you have a young daughter and this topic seems scary (like discussing periods), it is better to learn now the benefits of this medication so you can be better prepared for your daughter’s teenage years.
What birth control helps with
First and foremost, when taken correctly birth control prevents unplanned pregnancy. It is 99.9 % effective. The only thing more effective is abstinence. (Guys does abstinence sound fun?)
Periods that are heavy and painful. Painful cramps, known as dysmenorrhea, effect 90 % of women of reproductive age. (What guy would not give his right arm to make a woman’s PMS better?)
Birth control can help stop menstrual migraines. 60 % of women suffer from these.
Women often have clearer skin and less unwanted hair growth on birth control.
Birth control can make the symptoms of endometriosis better. (Endometriosis- when tissue in uterus grows outside of it. OUCH!)
The pill can also help with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Birth control lowers your testosterone levels and controls when your period comes.
Women who have taken the birth control for five years or 50 % reduction in the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
These facts above come straight from WebMD.
Let’s go a step further…
Men, a large majority of you know that at some point in your life, you have had a one night stand or a sexual encounter that you did not plan on. The ideal situation is that the girl you hooked up with was on birth control (and that you used a condom). This would be ideal protection for preventing an unwanted pregnancy which I can ASSURE you, would have effected you financially, physically, and emotionally. The entire plan you had for your life would have changed in that moment.
Wedding planning does not usually excite men in the same way it does women. One thing that should excite you though is that she can PLAN, with the assistance of birth control, to have her period AFTER the wedding and/or honeymoon. How can she do that you say?
Well, that little portable pack of pills she carries around has both colored and white pills in it. The colored ones she takes to prevent her period and the white ones to prevent her period. Here let me show you….. (some birth controls may LOOK different but many look like the below. Either way, she can do this trick.)
So she can just skip the white pills and go right into a new pack, hence skipping her period. You can thank me later for this knowledge 🙂 Believe me, you do not want your partner to not have affordable access to birth control.
I do also want to throw in this very sad fact that 45% of pregnancies are mistimed or unwanted. That is a huge percentage guys that really shows women should have MORE access to birth control, not less. Let’s make sure that we plan for life (literally) and educate ourselves on topics, like birth control. I’m sure this post just scratches the surface of this issue but I did want to put information out there for men who are confused or curious about facts of the pill. It is true that you may not take it yourself and you clearly don’t have a period. But I can assure you, it DOES effect you.
If you would like some more interesting facts, check out 7 Crazy, Mind-Blowing Facts That You Never Knew About the Pill. (Men, check out fact 4 about larger breasts… just saying!)
Have a goodnight!