But yesterday, Twitter was blowing up with reasons why we should be grateful, and we heard them loud and clear. On November 10, the hashtag #ThxBirthControl went viral, thanks to a social media campaign established by online birth control support network Bedsider and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy in partnership with Lifestyles Condoms.
Ninety-nine percent of adult women have used birth control methods at some point in their lives, according to Bedsider, and many of them shared personal anecdotes as part of the "Thanks, Birth Control" movement on Twitter. And, this sobering statistic made us want to start shouting our own support from the rooftops:
So what were people saying? The following outtakes from the conversation laid out some pretty solid reasons to be thankful for BC.
"More than half of sexually active college-age women say they would be more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way," The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy writes on their website.
#ThxBirthControl for protecting me when I was young and stupid and didn't realize "the one" was just some shitty boy.— Jessica McHugh (@theJessMcHugh) November 11, 2015
#ThxBirthControl Because in 2015 being a parent should be opt-in. Grateful for access b/c parenting should only be done by those who want in— Susan Knowles (@SeeSusanTweet) November 11, 2015
#ThxBirthControl for clearing up my face and evening me out every month!— not halsey (@snakehandsmali) November 11, 2015
The Tweets weren't all serious: These clever campaign tweets from Twitter user @Bedsider had us LOLing pretty hard.
#ThxBirthControl - because twitter trends are the only thing I'm late for.— nicole (@nicoleclarke01) November 11, 2015