We all know the obvious reasons for using birth control, right? You know, to prevent pregnancy, regulate hormones, clear up acne, prevent STDS (if you're using a condom or other barrier method of course), or to treat fibroids or cysts. These are some of the common reasons for using them. But what if we told you that on top of that, birth control could help you get laid more often?
A new study conducted by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that couples who use birth control aren't just having safer sex (obviously), but are having more sex than other couples period. They analyzed 10 years of data on 210,000 sexually active women in 47 countries and discovered that women who used contraception and were in marriages or relationships, were three times more likely to have sex than women that weren't using BC. Interesting, no?
In fact, 90 percent of the women who claimed to use birth control reported to have had sex in the previous four weeks. But only 72 percent of the women not on it were reported to have had sex.
It's impossible to say definitively that there's a correlation between birth control and sex drive. But perhaps there's a level of relief one experiences when they know they're being safe. And if you know you're being safe, maybe you feel a little more spontaneous, and it's possible that leads to more sex. Makes sense, right?
The truth is, anyone who's having sex and doesn't want to get pregnant should use some sort of birth control. Fortunately, there are a ton of options out there to meet your specific needs, whether it's the pill, the IUD, condoms, or even diaphragms. So the next time you find yourself second-guessing whether or not you should be on birth control, just remember that not only will you be safer, but it might even help you get down.