Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the FDA to make the Plan B morning-after birth control pill available without a prescription to women 17 and up. In a very crime show-sounding ruling, the court said, “The FDA repeatedly and unreasonably delayed issuing a decision on Plan B for suspect reasons.” How sordid! Apparently, the FDA only considered a petition about Plan B when Congress threatened to hold up FDA commissioners’ confirmation hearings. And, the FDA ignored it’s own advisory panel and scientists, who found that Plan B could be safely used by 17-year-olds. Keep reading for five things you should know about the morning-after pill, no matter what your age. [NY Times, Reuters]1. You have to take Plan B within 72 hours of your sexual mishap for it to work, but its effective decreases as the hours wear on, so take it as soon as you can. Provided you take it correctly, Plan B reduces the chance of getting preggers by up to 89 percent.
2. But if you feel like you might vomit, wait until that passes to take the pill (provided it’s still within the 72 hours) so you don’t throw up the pill. If you vomit within an hour of taking Plan B, it’s less likely to work.
3. Plan B is not an abortion pill. If you’re already pregnant, you need to move on to Plan C.
4. The morning-after pill can prevent pregnancy in a variety of ways: By stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, by preventing the sperm and egg from uniting, by preventing an egg from attaching to the uterus.
5. You’ll know Plan B worked when you get your next period. [Go2PlanB.com]