Birth Control – Why is it still a Conundrum?

When population shoots up to an extent where we classify it as overpopulation, we require the concept of Birth Control to take over and save the day. As we all know, birth control helps to control the population thus being an economically important process. There have been various recognitions in the history where governments have taken help from doctors and physicians to control the population under command.

Initially, when birth control was brought into the light, people in the US thought this was it, this will put an end to their troubles. Those issues were having too many kids to take care of, give education to, feed, upbringing and inadequate finance for the family. People thought having fewer kids would mean every kid gets to enjoy more resources and opportunities. The only birth control method that they knew of was Abortion, where the baby is aborted (Abortion is another ethical controversy, but whether or not it is right, we will talk about it some other time).

During 1800, the US population, instead of having their issues resolved, was diagnosed with a new concern – Infertility. Fast forward from then onwards, doctors, pharmacists, physicians and gynecologists like all of us worked days in and days out to come across various other procedures of birth control. Couples could now opt for IUD, sterilization surgeries, contraceptive sheaths or contraceptive pills.

Since then couples, families and the economy as a whole has benefitted from the notion of Birth Control and it is no longer a health con. Couples can plan their family according to the resources they have, and the government can keep a check on the population without having to affect the health of an individual.

However, the concept of birth control seems to be a controversial one for numerous reasons. Religions, be it Christianity, Hinduism, Jewish, Islam or any other forbids it. The elders of the family think of it as a hindrance to their ongoing generations. It has forever been an ethical dilemma for the society to tackle. Men and women still feel embarrassed while asking for a birth control pill at the pharmacy or other contraceptives at the pharmacy.

While we are advancing in science and technology so fast that we can choose the eye color of our baby, birth control is still an untouched topic. Do you have any idea how fast the number of single teen mothers is increasing? 1 out of every 4 teenage girls is found to be sexually active.

If we do not talk about birth control more often, who is going to educate them? Who is going to take responsibility of a baby who was given birth to but was left abandoned? Who will answer the kid when they grow up and ask who their parents were? What about the kids whose parents are still alive but they have to spend their life at the orphanage only because the parents were not ready and the baby just happened?

There are so many such questions that need to be answered, and there is no time to waste on being embarrassed or being uncomfortable.

We need to join hands and talk, not just about birth control but all such controversial topics that are left out, only because we cannot step out of our comfort zone.