As World Contraception Day approaches on September 26th we would like to take a look back at the history of contraception throughout the world to appreciate the social benefits since its invention.

Though primitive methods of birth control have existed as far back as 3000 BCE, it wasn’t until far more recently that birth control, as we know it, has made significant social advancements. As modern birth control methods revolutionized sex in America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so too were everyday lives drastically changed. But how?

Since the inception of the Pill and other contraceptive methods, family and personal finances have generally improved now that people are able to control when and if they become pregnant. According to recent studies, modern contraception has led to many people postponing the age they have children, which has allowed people to further invest in their own education and career options before childbearing. This has helped families to be more financially successful in the long run.

Though Americans have made significant social and economic strides due to contraception, the United States still has higher rates of teen pregnancy than any other industrialized country.  Worldwide, contraception continues to be a struggle for millions of women to access. Though the global use of contraception has been rising slowly, approximately 225 million women worldwide who want to prevent pregnancy do not have the access or information to do so.

So as we celebrate World Contraception Day, let’s be grateful for how far we have come, and mindful of far we still need to go.

Resources:

A Brief History of Birth Control in the U.S.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db89.pdf

http://www.businessinsider.com/positive-effects-of-birth-control-2013-10

http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html

https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2014/us-teen-pregnancy-birth-and-abortion-rates-reach-historic-lows

http://progress.familyplanning2020.org/page/measurement/youth-and-contraceptive-use

http://www.unfpa.org/family-planning#sthash.G2SUaYWN.dpuf

http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs351/en/

 

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