Previously, the pill required a prescription for girls aged 16 or under. In 2011, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius made a controversial move, blocking an FDA recommendation that the pill be available over-the-counter to anyone.
You might have heard that emergency contraception (AKA the morning-after pill) causes an abortion. But that’s just not true. Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy from happening. If you take it and you’re already pregnant, it won’t harm an existing pregnancy. Emergency Contraception = birth control.
Good question! A lot of people don’t know this: you don’t actually get pregnant during sex or even right after. It can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to join and form a fertilized egg. Then, it takes 6-10 days for the fertilized egg to completely implant itself in the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy begins during implantation when the hormone needed to support pregnancy is released. That hormone is called the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG). Pregnancy tests work by detecting it.
This is why emergency contraception is possible – and why it’s so great that it exists! Emergency contraception (a.k.a. Plan B or the so-called “morning-after” pill) can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.In a way, it should really be called the “up to a few mornings after” pill.
As for when you’ll know you’re pregnant, most people start to figure it out when they miss their period. Most over-the-counter pregnancy tests start being accurate around then – the first day of your missed period.
AfterPill is the first emergency contraception to be sold exclusively online. The company offers one dose of EC for $20, plus a $5 flat-rate shipping fee, making it roughly half the price of Plan B One-Step.
WOO! This is great news. Hopefully other brands will take note, especially brands effective for bigger patients.
Accidents happen — that’s why there’s emergency contraception. It’s birth control you can use up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the better. Anyone can get Plan B One-Step over the counter at the drugstore (no matter your gender, age, or state that you live in).
Contrary to popular belief, the morning-after pill does not abort a fertilized egg. Instead, it is more like a mini Gandalf shielding the egg from the oncoming wave of sperm, holding a giant STOP-sign while yelling: “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”
can taking the morning after pill (“plan b”) too many times make you infertile, or less able to easily conceive? i had never heard this until some friends said so recently, and it is horrifying me!
No way — you have nothing to fear. Taking the morning after pill (aka emergency contraception) will not make you less fertile in the long run. Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy after one act of unprotected sex. Period.
BUT, if you find yourself taking Plan B frequently, it might be time to get a new plan A. Save yourself some stress and talk to your doctor or nurse about hassle-free birth control methods that might work well for you — like the IUD or implant. Using birth control is your best bet if you want to prevent pregnancy — it’s more effective, costs less over time than Plan B if you use insurance, and (just like emergency contraception) won’t make you infertile after you stop using it.
Again, if it’s an urgent situation you can totally rely on emergency contraception without worry. If you hear your friends spreading misinformation about emergency contraception, be a sexual health superstar and get them the facts.
If you think that a woman should have to carry, give birth, and raise a child of her rapist because you’re “pro-life”, then you need to reevaluate your fucking perspective on life and womanhood. The emotional, mental, and physical pain of being raped is already more than enough, can you imagine having to suspend your education, career, and life to raise a child you were forced to bear?
I defend my right as a woman and so should you. My life, my fucking body, get over it.