Say it loud. Say it proud. Thanks, Birth Control!

The power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant is a BFD. That's why we're celebrating Thanks, Birth Control Day on Wednesday, November 15th! With your help, we’ll tell the world what birth control makes possible for women, men, children, and society. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

Ready to celebrate with us? Grab a cheeky t-shirt or stylish hat, snap a selfie, and post it to your social media channels. Remember to use the hashtag #ThxBirthControl to express why birth control is important to you. If you want even more ways to thank birth control, we have ideas below to help you celebrate all year long.

 

Get Involved

Step One: Take Charge of Yourself
If you love birth control, but you're not ready to shout about it from the rooftops, start by taking these small but powerful actions.
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Step Two: Get your Friends and Family Involved
Now that you know everything you need to know about birth control, there is a lot you can do to encourage others to get involved.
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Step Three: Shout it from the Rooftop
If you’re ready to get loud and proud about birth control, we have awesome ways you can activate your community.
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Step Four: Get political
Ready to channel your inner-activist? Here are some tips to take the fight for accessible birth control to your elected officials.
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Step One: Take Charge of Yourself

If you love birth control, but you're not ready to shout about it from the rooftops, start by taking the small but powerful actions listed below.

  • Check in with yourself about your method. Finding the right birth control is an on-going journey, and your method can change with your lifestyle. If you feel like you should be getting more from your birth control, now is the perfect time to educate yourself on all of your options. Get info on all the methods here—and then talk to your provider.
  • Visit your health care provider. Take a minute to schedule your next well-woman visit, and discuss birth control when you get there. Whether you’re chatting about the method you’re currently using or exploring different options, talking with your provider is an important part of managing your reproductive health. (Need to find a clinic? We can help.)
  • Let your employer know about how important no co-pay birth control is to you as an employee. The Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate rule has been rolled back making it easier for employers to decide to NOT cover birth control. Let your employer know how important this benefit is to you and how it isn’t controversial.
  • Sign up for our Thanks, Birth Control newsletter. Thanks, Birth Control Day comes once a year, but being thankful for birth control is a lifestyle. Our newsletter includes the latest news on birth control legislation, information on the different methods, and ways to remain involved all year long. Sign up!
  • Grab some swag. Get a conversation started about birth control by wearing a Thanks, Birth Control t-shirt or hat.
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Step Two: Get your Friends and Family Involved

Now that you know everything you need to know about birth control, there is a lot you can do to encourage others to get involved.

  • Educate your friends and family. Share what you’ve learned about birth control, and get everyone in your life excited to learn more. Whether you’re talking to younger cousins, peers, your kids, or your own parents, we have resources at The National Campaign, Stay Teen, and Bedsider to make those conversations easier.
  • Tell your birth control story. Talk openly with friends and family about your own experiences with birth control. It might seem awkward, but when you speak out, you help make birth control a normal part of people’s lives. You can also share your story online via social media by using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl. Post a short message, photo, or video anytime you want.
  • Go social. Encourage your social networks to sign up for the ThxBirthControl newsletter. Post a pic while wearing your Thanks, Birth Control t-shirt and tell others where to get one. Share our funny, cheeky e-cards (find them below), or simply cut and paste these messages to your social media feed:
    • Birth control gives me the power to decide my future on my own terms. If you feel the same way, say #ThxBirthControl with me today.
    • More than 99% of women have used birth control. I love being in good company. #ThxBirthControl
    • The only thing I’m expecting in 9 months is to be more awesome. Got the birth control info I needed @Bedsider. #ThxBirthControl
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Step Three: Shout it from the Rooftop

If you’re ready to get loud and proud about birth control, we have awesome ways you can activate your community.

  • Connect with your neighbors. Join a local listserv to connect with people in your community, and ask them to participate in Thanks, Birth Control Day. Encourage your neighbors to sign up for the ThxBirthControl newsletter, help them discover where to access birth control and sexual health care in your area, and raise awareness about key issues in your state. You can even share this website so they have ideas for getting involved.
  • Partner with a local organization. Host a Thanks, Birth Control event IRL with a local organization. Need ideas? Create a selfie booth where attendees can take pictures with ThxBirthControl swag, and have everyone share why they're thankful for reliable birth control. You can even provide goodie bags with information on available methods. Use the hashtag #ThxBirthControl to live-tweet the festivities, and you and your partner organization can flood your social platforms with photos.
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Step Four: Get political

Ready to channel your inner-activist? Here are some tips to take the fight for accessible birth control to your elected officials.

  • Invite local and state officials to thank birth control. There's a strong chance that your elected officials (or their partners) have used a method of birth control at some point. Send them our Thanks, Birth Control one-pager and ask them to get involved. If they need more convincing, share statistics that show everyone loves birth control. If you're not sure who you’re elected officials are, don’t worry, we can help.
  • Get your officials on record. Access to birth control empowers women to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. Ask your town or county council to issue a proclamation in support of Thanks, Birth Control Day. We have a sample proclamation you can tailor to your community.
  • Go social. Many lawmakers have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Snapchat. Follow them. Chat with them. Let them know you that supporting birth control isn’t controversial. Here are some messages you can use to tag your decision makers. (You should be able to find their social media information on their webpages.)
    • Everyone loves birth control! 99% of U.S. women who’ve ever had sex have used it at some point in their lives. https://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/everyone-loves-birth-control
    • Did you know that only 1 in 50 women in need has reasonable access to birth control in the U.S.? See for yourself: http://thenationalcampaign.org/deserts
    • 74% of people agree that if more people talked about birth control more people would use it. #ThxBirthControl
    • 77% of people say that more people would use birth control if they had easier access to the full range of methods. #ThxBirthControl
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