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We Asked, You Answered: This is How "the Pill" Changed Women’s Lives

by Stephanie Drahan, Outreach Associate
National Women's Law Center

Back at the beginning of May, we requested that you share how access to the birth control pill impacted your lives. And thanks to your incredible participation, we got some incredible responses.

To finalize an incredible month of celebration of the golden anniversary of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the birth control pill that has featured numerous blog posts, tweets and a survey of your stories, we are now releasing the final compilation of the 50 ways “the Pill” revolutionized women’s lives.

There were happy stories:

When I was 16, my mom took me to the doctor to get the pill. It was one of the best things she ever did for me. I was the first in our family to graduate from college. Now, I'm married and pregnant and plan to do the same for our daughter when she's ready.

Scary stories:

The pill treated my horrific cramps and wildly irregular menstrual cycle. I also have partial complex seizures that are affected by my cycle and the medicine I take for them is estrogen-sensitive, so the pill also helped keep my estrogens at a stable level. For me, a happy side-effect is no unwanted pregnancies!

Triumphant stories:

Thanks to BC I was able to have one planned child, able to leave my batterer and not be kept barefoot and pregnant. I defeated rampant job gender discrimination stating I would NOT be pregnant in five years. It saved my life.

And even funny ones:

The Pill ensures that my Aunt Flo always shows up when she’s supposed to and never sneaks up on me unexpectedly!

So thanks again for making sure we heard how the pill impacted your life, and don’t forget to check out the final list!