A new report in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that it could be safe to use emergency contraception as a planned birth control method, as some women already do in Africa and Asia. Its ovulation-stopping hormone Levonorgestrel is already included in traditional birth control pills, and it works when taken right before having sex as well.
It's been a political struggle to get the FDA to sell the morning after pill over the counter, so there would have to be a major rebranding of the medication often mistaken for the abortion pill. And the study concedes that there are some side effects like breakthrough bleeding, that it's not as effective as the regular pill, and that more research must be done on safety. But would you welcome an endorsement to use it as on-demand birth control?