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.)
  • Talk to your employer. Open enrollment season is upon us, and the Trump Administration’s new rules make it possible for more employers to refuse to cover your birth control due to religious or moral objections. If you think your employer might opt out of birth control coverage, let them know how important their coverage of birth control with no co-pay is to you and how birth control isn’t controversial. Here are some tips to help you do that.
  • Share your story. Tell us what having access to birth control means to you, and we’ll share it (anonymously if you wish) with the folks who make decisions. You can also share your story on social media. Don’t forget to use the #ThxBirthControl hashtag when you do.
  • 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.
  • Help your friends share their stories. You’ve told us why you’re saying #ThxBirthControl, now it’s time to get others involved. Share our story collection portal with your community, or ask them to share their #ThxBirthControl story on social media.
  • 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.
  • Get your community involved. Access to birth control is a basic part of health care, but the Trump Administration wants to make it easier for your employer to deny women access to it. Ask others to add their voices to the chorus and tell the Trump Administration to rescind these rules. Share it in a community newsletter or social media page.
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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.
  • Go on the record. The Trump Administration issued new rules that will affect women’s ability to access the birth control method that is right for them. Employers will be able to refuse to cover your birth control, due to religious or moral objections. Take a moment and tell the Trump Administration to rescind these rules. Click here to easily have your voice heard.
  • 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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