A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 53 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 from 2006-2010 reportedly used some form of contraception at least once in their life. Eighty-eight percent of those women used a highly-effective method such an intrauterine device, contraceptive patch or the birth control pill or shot.
Contraceptives like birth control are easily accessible today thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform bill aimed at making women’s preventative care services and birth control more affordable.
Although the report found most women have used some form of contraception and the ACA has reduced the cost of preventative care, there is still a high percentage (49 percent) of unplanned pregnancies in the U.S. Reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and encouraging healthy behaviors like using contraception consistently are the main goals of the CDC’s Show Your Love campaign.
Show Your Love is a national campaign designed to improve the health of women and babies by promoting preconception health and healthcare. By becoming healthy now, a woman can be better prepared for pregnancy and be as healthy as possible during and after pregnancy.