You gotta love the numbers 11/12/13, and you also gotta love the fact today is the first-ever Thanks, Birth Control Day.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reports that 99% of women use birth control, and 90% of adults agree that using birth control is the most responsible thing to do if you don’t want to get pregnant. We decided to take a look at some celebs who know that birth control is the way to go for preventing unwanted pregnancy.
+ Katy Perry
“I love being in love, I love the idea of marriage and making babies — but not yet,” Katy said. “Not until I’m 30. I basically chew my birth control tablets — I chew them like vitamin C. I’m like, ‘nomnomnomnom.'”
OK, so you don’t actually want to munch handfuls of birth control pills, but the idea is that Katy knows the importance of taking birth control and being on top of it. You can talk to your doc about the best kind of birth control for you and how you use it (‘cause you’ve got to use it right or it won’t work!).
+ Maggie Gyllenhaal
“Planned Parenthood is there for every woman,” Maggie said. “This is an organization that works in communities to provide high-quality care like cervical cancer screenings, breast exams, HIV tests and birth control — often to women who would otherwise go without. It is the place you call if you are 16 and don’t know whom to ask about birth control. It’s the website that has answers in the middle of the night. It’s the health care resource that offers compassion and respect to women at times when they are incredibly vulnerable and afraid.”
If you don’t have a doctor or can’t afford birth control, you can always go to Planned Parenthood to get birth control that’s either free or at a reduced cost. They can also answer your birth control Q’s.
“Nicole was my birth control,” JWOWW said about her BFF Snooki. “Having a pregnant friend is different from living with someone that is pregnant. I was like her boyfriend on some levels, being there for her and realizing she made an amazing transformation. She did a 180. You can’t be selfish anymore. I want to be selfish.”
Using birth control and not having kids unless you’re ready isn’t selfish — it’s responsible — but we like how JWOWW saw that pregnancy isn’t right for her right now, so she’s making sure nothing happens.
+ Esther Ku
Like Katy, Esther’s being colorful, because you don’t actually take birth control that way. But we definitely get what she’s saying about wanting to protect herself from unwanted pregnancy.
+ Lena Dunham
“You want a guy who cares whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control,” Lena said.
Birth control is something both girls and guys can get passionate about, because an unwanted pregnancy is scary and no joke. You can learn more about birth control at Bedsider, and remember to Tweet #ThxBirthControl today!
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