Thursday, December 17, 2009

Plan B: Where can I get me some of that?

When am I supposed to take Plan B and where can I get it?

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception also know as "the morning after pill." It is NOT the abortion pill.

Time is of the essence
Plan B can be taken up to 120 hours after you had unprotected sex or your birth control failed (i.e. condom broke). The sooner you take it the more effective it is but it can be taken up to 5 days after (120 hours).

How does it work?
Plan B is made up of the same hormones as in birth control pills. Just like birth control pills Plan B prevents ovulation. The hormones also prevent pregnancy by thickening a woman's cervical mucus, which blocks sperm and keeps it from joining with an egg. Plan B also thins the lining of the uterus which would prevent a fertilized egg from being able to implant and attach to the uterus.

Where can I get me some?
Plan B can be purchased at your pharmacy. You have to ask the pharmacist for it but if you are over the age of 17 you should be able to get it, if you are under the age of 17 then you need a prescription from your doctor. The price ranged from $10-$70 depending on where you get it but averages around $40-$50.

*** Plan B is called Plan B for a reason ... there are a lot of Plan A's that you can use: don't have sex, condoms, birth control pills, diaphragm, IUD, sponge etc... Plan B is not and should not be taken as your only form of birth control. If you are concerned about becoming pregnant please see a doctor and discuss your birth control options, BE PROACTIVE!

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