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Official Video Release: We Don’t Have Bad Blood!




Contraceptive-induced menstrual changes (CIMCs) contribute to both non-use and discontinuation of contraception. Reduced bleeding and amenorrhea (or paused bleeding) are common when using hormonal family planning methods and the copper IUD. Some family planning users who experience contraceptive-induced amenorrhea are concerned about health risks. We know from research that this includes concerns about the build-up of ‘bad’ or ‘dirty’ blood in the body that can adversely affect health. Engaging and creative methods are needed to educate current and future FP users and reassure them that CIMCs, particularly amenorrhea, are normal and not inherently harmful, and can even be beneficial.


Additionally, research conducted through the LEAP project has identified misconceptions around CIMCs and supports the need for this type of educational tool. Field-testing of the NORMAL counseling tool for menstrual bleeding changes also confirms this need.


In this context, the Youth Council has created a music video that rewrites the lyrics of Taylor Swift's well-known song "Bad Blood" to address concerns about contraceptive-induced mensural changes in a fresh, creative, and exciting way.


Watch the video above (or on our YouTube channel), read the full lyrics below, and help us share this video and spread he word on social media using #NoBadBlood!



VIDEO LYRICS


“We Don't Have Bad Blood”

Lyrics by Lillian Rountree & Margaret Gaw

Song sung by Ogadimma Alilonu & video edited by Abdedaim Battioui

Because we don’t have bad blood

It’s nothing to be scared of

Just listen to our song

About how we only have good blood (Yeah!)

We all got problems

But blood isn't one of them

Some say blood builds up

With contraceptives, but it does not! (Hey!)

Do you use injectables? Paused bleeding is super common

Did you take birth control pills? It’s normal to have some bleeding or none

Did you get an IUD? Same story, and blood color varies

All these methods can cause change, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a success

Oh, it’s so sad to think about the bad times without access

‘Cause we just have good blood

It’s okay to have no or less flow

But if it’s not something you love

Let your health provider know! (Yeah)

You can save money and time

No or lighter flow can help you feel at your prime

Gain a sense of more control

And able to handle life’s other tolls (hey!)

Did you think it was wrong? Some still think periods build up

But think how periods work, birth control changes the uterine lining

Now did you think it all through? Period color can change too

And time can impact all these changes so keep that in mind

Oh, it’s so sad to think about the bad times without access

‘Cause it’s okay to see no blood

‘Cause we’re still protected

With time periods lighten

But it’s not a reason to be frightened! (Yeah!)

Old blood doesn’t exist

There’s no buildup of lining

So cramping and pain start declining

You can do activities you’d otherwise miss! (Yay!)

Blood doesn’t accumulate

Contraceptives change the game

Reduce menstrual cramping and pain

Blood doesn’t accumulate

Contraceptives change the game

Can lessen menstruation’s strain

There can be lots to gain

Mhmm if you love less flow, here you go

‘Cause it’s okay to see no blood

It’s nothin’ to be scared of

Just listen to our song

About how we only have good blood (yeah!)

We all got problems

But periods aren’t one of them

Some say blood builds up

With contraceptives, but it does not! (Hey!)

‘Cause we just have good blood

It’s nothin’ to be scared of

Just listen to our song

About how we only have good blood (yeah!)

We all got problems

But periods aren’t one of them

Some say blood builds up

With contraceptives, but it does not! (Hey!)




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