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A Do or a Don't: Keeping Plan B in Your Medicine Cabinet

A Do or a Don't: Keeping Plan B in Your Medicine Cabinet

If you've had an "oops" moment in the bedroom where the condom broke, your NuvaRing slipped out for too long, or you forgot to take the pill, then you may be grateful that Plan B (emergency contraception) is available.

Since it's crucial to take Plan B within 72 hours of your mishap, you'll have to rush to the drugstore to pick it up ASAP . . . or, you could keep a dose in your medicine cabinet. Just in case! Of course, Plan B should not be used as a form of birth control, but since mistakes do happen, tell me, is keeping Plan B on hand a do or a don't?


dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Don't have Plan B becuase if I got pregnant I would be happy about it. I only managed to have one baby and always wanted two. Too bad all these brilliant scientists can't come up with something for the guys to take for cryin out loud.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Interesting that you have to promise to use contraception properly in the future, sparkle! I'm curious, because I've (properly) used a condom, had it slip off (and I then took plan B,) how they define "proper usage."
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
For the record though - I am unlikely to want to take the plan B now but when I was younger I would have happily done this. The laws around the plan B have become much more relaxed in recent years.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Here in the UK you can just pick it up over the counter. You do need to answer a series of questions and promise to use contraception properly in the future. I have taken it over the counter before. Sometimes they make you take the first pill in front of them? I think my sexual health clinic does this. I don't see ANYTHING wrong with keeping them in my cabinet. I keep pregnancy tests there so why not have the plan B too?
bella85 bella85 8 years
You can get that in the drugstore??! Over here in Germany you have to drive to the hospital to get it... I think it's great. Does anyone know the price and how long you can keep it until it expires? (Is that the right word?)
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
there are so many pharmacies around me so if i need to, i can always go there. $40 for a pill that i may/may not use doesnt make sense
Janine22 Janine22 8 years
To mamsitamali: (the person who said 'disgusting'): First of all, Plan B is just a stronger dose of birth control pills. Second of all, accidents and condom slippage happens all of the time. Please tell me more what is more disgusting: getting an abortion or just taking a pill to prevent getting pregnant? Seriously, stop being so judgemental you never know if you may need to take this one day.
MegN MegN 8 years
Kismekate, well Plan B isn't an abortion pill, if you're already pregnant it won't do anything. Though I don't remember any side effects when I took it, however I was pretty much done my cycle anyway. The woman I got it from told me I probably didn't need it, but it was better safe than sorry (I agreed wholeheartedly). I did make sure to ask if it would abort any zygote that may be in me already and she assured me it wouldn't. It also wasn't expensive for me as I went to a special clinic. Ten dollars, and only if I had the money (Which I did).
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Too many 24 hour pharmacies near me to do it.
kismekate kismekate 8 years
To me -- it wouldn't make a difference, only because Plan B did not work for me. Yep. I got pregnant even though I had taken Plan B exactly 12 hours after my slip up. So just be extra careful and never rely on it completely.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
If I need it I'd just go down to my CVS.
designerel designerel 8 years
Nah. If I DO need it, I just pop down to the Wal-Mart pharmacy and get it there. It's just too pricey to keep "on hand." That stuff made my hormones go nuts. I was crying a ton and biting my bf's head off at every little comment. Ugh.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I never plan on taking that again. It was a horrible experience. The side effects for me were just...ugh. Not good at all. I take the pill, and I'm careful to take it everyday. It might be good for people who just use a prayer for when they have sex and nothing else -- but for someone who uses a reliable method, I don't think having plan b around is too necessary. Plus, for two pills, it's so expensive!
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 8 years
I have some on hand from when I was on BCP, I don't need it now since I have an IUD and there's nothing for me to mess up (yay!). I got it from Planned Parenthood when I was eligible for free BC (one good thing about making like no money), just in case. Ditto to Autumns, it's not in the medicine cabinet since I know people snoop, I put away stuff I wouldn't want people to see.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
disgusting. be proactive, not reactive.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I'd probably opt to sort out where the nearest chemists are and how they go about giving emergency contraceptives. I've found some pharmacists are really nice and understanding, and some treat you like a total slag. I'd rather not have Plan B in the med cabinet in case someone does take a snoop. I only keep things I don't mind people seeing in my bathroom cabinets.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
You know, when i read the title of this article i thought that Dear meant having your Plan B there and having someone sneaking a peek at your cabinet and discovering it.
cjmara805 cjmara805 8 years
There's no way I'd be less careful if I had that sitting around. The side effects are horrendous (but of course that's better than having an unwanted baby!). I say a good idea, but I haven't had sex in a year and a half so I'll wait till I get back to doing it before buying this.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
It costs about as much as a month of birth control (depending on where you are, which brand you use, blah blah blah) I wouldn't want to just keep any medicine that's THAT important lying around. If it expires, it loses effectiveness.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I think it was not practical for plan B to be a prescription drug considering how time sensitive it is. But i also see how the drug can be really dangerous... I mean it is messing with your hormones. But all and all I'm glad they made it OTC so people could actually benefit from it.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
naw.... theres a 24 hour CVS pharmacy near where I live... plus I'm on Yaz... If I know I have been crappy about taking my pills that month I don't have sex! WOW what a concept. Now if you're not on oral contraceptives and are using the barrier method and prayer then Yeah plan B is a good idea.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Not a bad idea.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
It doesn't take away from using the pill properly but it also helps to have it on hand so that you have quicker acess to it so why not.
candace87 candace87 8 years
If you are irresponsible enough to be unsafe just because you have a pill in the cabinet maybe you shouldn't be having sex:).
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