Because taking control of your uterus isn’t the only reason.
Birth control doesn’t just let you have sex without getting pregnant. For many, it lets you control your reproductive health, treat debilitating symptoms, and even improve your quality of life.
(But, also, that no-babies thing is pretty clutch.)
So, in honor of this year's Thanks, Birth Control Day, a campaign led by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community why they use birth control and what it's made possible for them.
Here are a just a few reasons someone might take birth control:
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Because you know you don’t want kids (for now, at least).
“I was on the pill for five years and last month I made the decision to get an IUD. The reason I am a firm supporter of birth control is so that I will never, ever, ever, ever have children. Might I change my mind in the future about starting a family? Maybe. More than likely I will not. I need to know that I am doing whatever I can to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. The IUD has brought a sense of security and safety that I never experienced with the birth control pill.”
—Susie Varela, Facebook
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To deal with hellish periods and ovarian cysts.
“I was diagnosed with endometriosis at 17 and had to have surgery to remove a large cyst in my ovary (it was the size of a tennis ball). Afterwards I was put on birth control to reduce periods and cysts — I haven't had a cyst in two years!”
—Davies Rushing, Facebook
To treat menstrual migraines.
“I went on it when I was 16 to help my menstrual migraines. They would hit one day before my period began and lasted about three days. The OB-GYN said they were triggered by the shift in hormones in my body, so I went on birth control and the menstrual migraines just disappeared! I still get mild headaches on the first and second day, but it's so much better. I can still function! Seriously, thank GOD for birth control!”
—Caroline Kee, Facebook
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