Actress Mandy Moore wants to take birth control "out of the realm of a taboo" with her new pharmaceutical campaign. The This Is Us star has teamed up with bosses at medication corporation Merck for the company's Her Life Her Adventures outreach drive, a push to encourage women to educate themselves about their contraception options.
"Wellness should be an all-encompassing term that includes being mindful of family planning or birth-control options," Mandy tells New York Magazine's The Cut about her decision to join the campaign. "That's something that's really important to me and I don't think it's really discussed enough."
"Family planning and birth control have been top of mind for me for a while," she added. "It's a choice that I've made in consultation with my doctor. I want to continue this dialogue and take it out of the realm of a taboo. It's empowering to know what your options are and make the best choice for you."
Mandy, who finalised her divorce from rocker Ryan Adams last year, is a huge proponent of self-care and to maintain personal wellness, the brunette beauty relies on a combination of Eastern medicines and alternative therapies for maximum health.
"I love acupuncture and I love getting body work done," she shares. "I was going through a particularly stressful chapter of my life and acupuncture was so helpful.
"I had friends who were big proponents of it and it helped them for a myriad of different things - whether it was fertility problems, period cramps, or rehab after surgery. Personally, I went for the mental well-being aspect of it. I just needed to relax. But it's in concert with going to talk therapy, yoga, eating better, or spending more time with my girlfriends."