I’m not usually a big proponent of made-up holidays (International Talk Like a Pirate Day and National Donut Day excluded) but I can TOTALLY get behind this one: Tomorrow -- Sept. 26 -- is World Contraception Day! Yessss!
I'm a huge fan of family planning. Contraception has allowed me to choose the direction of my life rather than have only one option – motherhood. Given my lifelong disinterest in parenthood, I’ve instead chosen to focus on being a wife, writer, employee, volunteer and cool (I hope) auntie to seven great nieces and nephews.
I’m not alone. A new study just out from the Guttmacher Institute proves what I've suspected all along: American women use contraception to -- wait for it – “better achieve their life goals.” Whoa.
|"We can wait to have a kid until we're ready? YES!" (Mathias Kunzli/Flickr)|
Tidbits from the study:
- 63% of women surveyed say contraception has helped them better take care of themselves and their families – including the kids they’ve already got.
- 56% say contraception has allowed them to support themselves financially.
- 51% say contraception has allowed them to complete their education. Those silly women thinking they need college degrees!
- 50% say contraception has allowed them to get or keep a job.
Among reasons women said they used contraception were that they could not afford a baby (65%), they weren’t ready to have children (63%), to have better control over their lives (60%) and wanting to wait until their lives are more stable to add a baby to it (60%).
Those sound like really responsible reasons to me! And here I thought we were all using birth control to engage in wanton hedonism. Oh well.