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What do you think about the morning after pill?

Posted by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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The Morning After Pill Is More Popular Than Ever: 5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know

Posted by Emily Abbate on February 14, 2013 

Birth Control PillToday's eye-opening statistic: One in nine women have used the morning after pill. New data has been released that the use of emergency contraception is on the rise. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 11 percent of sexually experienced women between 15 and 44 said they've used the morning after pill between 2006 and 2010. This is compared to 4 percent in 2002. Well, hello there, awareness. It's nice to see you've spread across America.

The most interesting part to me? Research shows more educated women are most likely to use it, and heck, I'm happy that's true. There's no excuse not to know what contraception options are on the market. Whether you have a college education or not, take this chance to educate yourself with these 5 need-to-know facts on emergency contraception:

1. The morning after pill can be purchased at any pharmacy: As long as you are above the age of 18, you can buy the pill with a photo ID at any local pharmacy. It will cost you anywhere from $10 to $70.

2. There can be side effects: I know many women who have experienced extreme nausea from taking the pill. Aside from nausea, throwing up, breast tenderness, dizziness, headaches, and irregular bleeding are other potential side effects.

3. You have five days: This was interesting to me, as I've always been told you have three. According to Planned Parenthood, the pill can reduce the risk of pregnancy for up to 120 hours after unprotected intercourse.

4. It works: The pill can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 89 percent when you take it within the first 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. As time goes on, the hormone becomes less effective.

5. The morning after pill doesn't protect you from STDs: Yes, the pill can prevent unwanted pregnancy, but once you've come into contact with an infected partner -- that's it. The only way to 100 percent protect yourself from STDs is to use condoms.

What do you think about the morning after pill? Do any of these facts surprise you?

by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM
3 moms liked this
Better than an unwanted pregnancy or an abortion.
teri4lance
by Bronze Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I think its great.
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Zazayam
by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I think it's great, but if you find yourself needing it you should probably just go ahead and get on an actual birth control.

SWasson
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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It's wonderful that it exists, and that it's available OTC.

coupon_ash_back
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Great
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

It can technically be considered a life saver...maybe for two parties...

mommaleela
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I am extremely greatful that it is available.  When we moved to a new state I hadn't had a chance to book an appointment with a gyno and I was out of bc so we were using condoms.  One broke and I was freaking scared cause fertility is not a problem for me.  I called a pharmacy to make sure they had it and cruised through the drive through.  The side effects were kind of tough for me because I am prone to migraines and it brought on a mother.  It isn't a substitute for bc, but if you have an oops it's a lifesaver.  

I am a rabid believer in choice for every woman, but it's a decision I'm so glad I didn't have to make.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I think it is sinful.

rbailey2414
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I think it is OK....for those real emergencies when a condom breaks or something. I have never used it myself. I think those that have taken it more than once or twice really need to find a better solution than that pill!!

moonglow482004
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I just hope our future Mothers will be responsable with the power that is being given to them.

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