You would assume that after the morning-after pill became available over the counter, use would rise to some degree. But the increase has been pretty significant: twice as many women ages 15 to 44 have taken emergency contraception after it became available without a prescription. Overall use and thus the pill's impact on unwanted pregnancies, however, is still relatively low because most women do not know it is easily available.
Since not all women keep a stash of condoms, and sometimes planned birth control fails, it's great that women can take advantage of this form of backup birth control without seeing a doctor. And in fact, there's new evidence emergency contraception may be safe to use before or after sex as on-demand, nonemergency contraception, making Plan B plan A for some. If it's approved for nonemergency use, we'll surely see a rise in use again. Have you used it?