World Contraception Day—September 26—was conceived (no pun intended) to improve awareness of all forms of contraception and help people make informed choice about their sexual and reproductive health. In honor of this important day, I interviewed women of multiple generations about their choice to be child-free.
The inability of people, particularly people of color, to access basic health care is a crisis. The climate emergency is a crisis. A million wildlife species going extinct in the coming decades is a crisis. People choosing to delay pregnancy or have fewer children is not.
Talking about our reproductive health can help end the taboos and stigma around sex and contraception.
Three years ago, on Earth Day, I became the proud owner of an IUD. The decision wasn’t just a great choice for my own health—it was also a great way to improve my carbon footprint.