You’d think that by 2015 the world would have birth control methods down to a science. Especially since, well, it is science. Yet, there are still millions of women around the world without access to effective contraceptives. Of course, this is also the same world where Teen Mom is a hit TV show, so maybe we shouldn’t find this so surprising.
This truly eye-opening video highlights some of the weird, wonderful, and worrisome birth control facts around the world. Without giving too much away, we’ll just say that Japan was a late bloomer, Germany has an obvious sense of humour, and Britain, clearly, likes to be on top.
Canada wasn’t mentioned in the video, but we have some interesting facts of our own:
- The first birth-control clinic in the country was opened in Hamilton in 1932, but it wasn’t until after the baby-boom that birth control methods gained in popularity.
- Canadians can receive birth control at a reduced cost, or even free from sexual health clinics across the country.
(Of course, few women know this or live within close range of a clinic which means they have to see a doctor for a prescription and then pay—at least in part—out of pocket. This barrier is likely part of the reason that half of all pregnancies in Canada are unintentional.)
Still, let’s be grateful that we’re not 16th century Canadians, because all we’d have to rely on a concoction of dried-up beaver testicles and grain alcohol. Probably not the least bit effective, but if nothing else it makes us appreciate our furry national treasure just a little bit more.