So. Much. Swoon. We’ve loved the Contraceptive CHOICE Project for a long time, but this video of women who participated talking about what the project meant for them made us fall for them all over again.
The Contraceptive CHOICE Project was an initiative of the Washington University School of Medicine to remove the most common barriers to good contraceptive use for women in the St. Louis region. Researchers partnered with community healthcare providers to first educate women about all the contraceptive options available to them, then provide those women with whatever method they thought would be best for them, completely free of charge. In other words, the project took factors like lack of information, lack of access, and lack of money out of the “what should I do about birth control?” equation.
The result? 75% of the women who participated chose long-acting, super-effective methods like the IUD or the implant. And judging from the researchers’ results and the testimonies of the women themselves in this video, seems like their choices have already paid off.
Here’s to local and national efforts to make it easier and more affordable for women to choose—and use—the best birth control method for them!
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