The Teen Moms Reflect on Why They Shared Their Birth Control Journeys—And The Impact It Had

Today (November 16) is Thanks, Birth Control Day—a day to give a shout-out to all the things birth control makes possible. You might think it’s embarrassing to talk about birth control, but when there’s positive chatter around it, people are more likely to use it. And no one knows more about sharing their birth control experiences than the young ladies from Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2.

“It was awkward at first, but getting past that was easy,” says Catelynn. “I was like, ‘You birthed a baby on TV, so getting birth control on TV shouldn’t be hard.’” 

Kailyn didn’t want to open up about birth control at first either. “I was so young and felt uneducated, like I was doing something wrong," she admits. "But now it feels good to talk about it, giving people an opportunity to learn about it.” 

Amber, meanwhile, says she was “all for it” when the show wanted her to express her personal birth control experience: “We started this show to help teenagers and prevent teen pregnancy. We were trying to send a good message.”

That message has had an impact on the shows’ fans. Jenelle says when she got the birth control implant in her arm after her son Kaiser was born, she got a lot of positive feedback: “Girls reached out and said they’d never heard of the implant, and they were glad to learn about it.” 

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