Almost 700 women in Michigan, ages 18-19, took part in a multi-year study that asked them about their sex lives and their use of birth control. About one in four of them felt stressed out or depressed at the start of the study… The women who felt stressed were more likely to use their birth control inconsistently compared to women who weren’t stressed (40% v. 25%). Same for women who felt depressed in comparison to those who didn’t (36% v. 26%).
Unplanned pregnancy costs U.S. taxpayers $12 billion a year. A big chunk of that number comes from the cost of providing health care for low-income women during and after the birth of their child through Medicaid. Medicaid covers 41% of births in the U.S.—the average cost for one of those births as of 2008 was $12,613. On the other hand, Medicaid spent an average of $257 to cover birth control for one person that same year. That comes out to $3.74 in taxpayer savings for every dollar invested in birth control through Medicaid.
The (amazing) effect of free birth control
Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly be any crazier about the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, they go and make this video. A few points we couldn’t resist highlighting in our “Get on Top” piece about this for Bedsider proper (and here, obvs):
- The CHOICE Project affected unplanned pregnancy rates. Among CHOICE participants 35 in 1,000 women had an unplanned pregnancy within a year, compared to the national rate of 52 in 1,000 women.
- The CHOICE Project majorly affected abortion rates. Only 6 in 1,000 CHOICE participants had an abortion, compared to the national rate of 20 in 1,000 women.
- Education’s half the battle. Toward the end, the video notes that making LARC methods more affordable is one part of the solution—many women don’t even know about these methods, or don’t think they’re an option for them.
Pretty impressive, right? Watch the video, read the article, tell a friend!