Morning after Pill is now considered safe

Nov. 16, 2006 – Its proper name is “Plan B,” but most call it “the morning after pill.”
No matter what you call it, the pill is one of the most controversial prescriptions to ever come out of a pharmacy.

The FDA calls the pill an emergency contraceptive. It’s a method of preventing pregnancy up to 72 hours after sex.

The morning after pill – a form of emergency birth control is a method to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant after having an unprotected vaginal intercourse. These pills are quite safe but many women know about their existence.

Plan B or morning after pill contains high doses of the hormones as found in the oral contraceptive pills. This much-debated morning after pill is also approved for over counter sales to adults 18 years old and older back in August.

According to sources, Plan B will be sold in two pill packets that come generally in between $40 and $ 45. The pill, Plan B, reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex by 89 percent. It initially was available by prescription only, but this limited its effectiveness — the longer after sex the pill is taken, the less effective it becomes.

There are nearly 3 million unintended pregnancies in the United States each year. On average, a woman has an 8 percent chance of getting pregnant after a single act of unprotected intercourse. Plan B reduces this chance to 1 percent.

Plan B is available to women 18 years and older without a prescription at most pharmacies. Women must show proof of age to purchase Plan B. For women 17 years old and younger, Plan B is available with a doctor’s prescription.

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