Birth control is a hotly debated topic — and we're not just talking about the Republican party's obsession with the Pill. Different forms of birth control have different effects, both physical and mental, on women. And, perhaps increasingly, women are turning away from "traditional" birth control (like hormonally-based ones) to avoid the side effects.
The Guardian's Hadley Freeman offers anecdotal evidence (and some stats) to illustrate our generations migration towards use of alternative BC methods. For example, she recounts the tale of her friend who has relied on an app called "Period Tracker" alongside the "pull-out method" for years.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, over half of the unintended pregnancies that occur each year in the U.S. occur in women who aren't using a contraceptive method. And, in their whimsically titled report, "A Year Of Magical Thinking Leads To...Unintended Pregnancy," they delve into the real reasons behind unintentional pregnancy.
It appears that women rationally know that pregnancy is possible, but irrationally believe it just won't happen to them. Of the women who experienced unwanted pregnancy that were interviewed for the paper, many said they had "always had good luck" before or just believed pregnancy wouldn't occur because they didn't want to get pregnant. It's this disconnect between the realities of fertility and a woman's desire for having a baby that lead many to a surprise pregnancy.
So, why are we reluctant to use the ol' BC? Beyond the side effects of the pill, Freeman suggests that the ubiquity of condom-free porn could be influencing both men and women to forgo the prophylaxis. Add this to a culture that diminishes the risk of STIs and you get an increasing number of young people questioning the need for "wrapping it up."