For many women, the morning-after pill is a godsend.
Plan B emergency contraception is about 90 percent effective at preventing pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
And a recent report states that more and more females are using this drug, likely thanks to easier access.
In a survey of women ages 15 to 44, approximately 1 in 9 U.S. females have used the morning-after pill after sex. This is up from 4 per cent in 2002, only a few years after the pill went on the market and required a prescription.
For those under 17, a prescription is still required so it is sold behind pharamacy counters.
And the pills are becoming more accessible in some schools, after the FDA has chosen not to intervene following a “politically motivated uproar.”
In an effort to combat teen pregnancy, New York City is dispensing the morning-after pill to girls as young as 14 at more than 50 public high schools.
And a college in Pennsylvania even has a vending machine dispensing Plan B. The pill – which costs $25 in the machine – was added after a campus survey found that 85 per cent of students approved making the drug available.
So what exactly is Plan B?
The morning-after pill is basically a high-dose version of birth control pills. It prevents ovulation or fertilization and needs to be taken within a few days after sex. The morning-after pill is different from the so-called abortion pill, which is designed to terminate a pregnancy.
Like it or not, unwanted pregnancies occur in women of all ages. While this is a highly debated topic, I think that sexually active females should have easy access to Plan B.
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