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Use of Morning-After Pill Doubles

Morning-After Pill Use Has Doubled — Have You Taken It?

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?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I've used it once before, here's the simple situation: Me and my husband were having sex all weekend and I realized on Monday that I hadn't taken the pill in three days. I just forgot. I lived in Germany at the time, where you do have to go to a doctor to get it, so I did that. I would absolutely take it every time if anything like this ever happened again. I didn't experience any pain or discomfort at all.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
Nope good ole mirena!!!
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
No. I take my BC pill every night, so it's not necessary.
Tara-Block Tara-Block 6 years
I think this is really interesting, and I'm surprised with these poll results. I wonder if anyone who's tried it wants to share their experience in the comments (maybe anonymously?).
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