Posts tagged "emergency contraception"

Generic Version Of Plan B Emergency Contraception To Soon Be Available

Two generic versions of the emergency contraception Plan B "morning-after pill" will soon be available over-the-counter for women. The FDA issued a letter on Tuesday stating the purchase of the generic version of EC will not require proof of age but it will carry a label stating it is for use by young…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2014

Pro-Choice Activist Secretly Tapes “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counselor Lying

Kate, a 24-year-old pro-choice activist, went undercover at a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" in Cleveland and secretly taped the counselor doling out medically inaccurate advice, like how emergency contraception could cause her to "hemorrhage" and "is like having an abortion." It's absolutely outrageous the way the counselor completely lies to her! You have…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2013

FDA Approves Morning-After Pill Plan B One-Step For Over The Counter Use

In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

Victory! Obama Administration Backs Off The Morning-After Pill

Ending a years-long losing battle against making the morning-after pill accessible to all, the Obama administration has finally conceded to the wisdom of the masses and will stop fighting against emergency contraception.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2013

Some Morning-After Pills Available Over The Counter, Appeals Court Rules

The two-pill version of the morning-after pill must be immediately available over-the-counter without age restrictions, a federal appeals court has ruled today. However, the court also upheld a "stay" on the one-pill version of emergency contraception (called Plan B One-Step), essentially agreeing with the Obama administration that its use for young teens needs further review.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Obama Administration Appealing FDA’s Morning-After Pill Decision

This is why we can't have nice things, America. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the age to purchase the morning-after pill would be lowered to 15 and it would be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. The decision was prompted by a federal judge having struck down the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2013

FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision -- Tummino v. Hamberg -- mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA…
By: Sarah Gray / May 1, 2013

How Does The Morning-After Pill Work? Let’s Find Out!

Here's a cute video from AsapSCIENCE that explains to you how the Plan B morning-after pill works. [The Mary Sue] A California judge has blocked a ban on so-called "gay reparative therapy" for LGBTQ youth, which claims to turn gay people straight, because he claimed it is "free speech." [Mommyish] Blogger…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2012

Pediatricians Urged To Discuss, Prescribe Emergency Contraception To Teens

Pediatricians should discuss emergency contraception with their teenaged patients and even write advance prescriptions, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended earlier this week. The morning-after pill should be taken 120 hours after unprotected sex, but is more effective the sooner it is taken. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2012

Brilliant Idea: PA College Dispensing Plan B From Vending Machines

Taking the morning-after pill in a timely fashion has been one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when it comes to reproductive rights. Emergency contraception (which prevents ovulation so an egg cannot be fertilized, as well as thins the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot be implanted) is most effective if take…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012

Mitt Romney Calls Morning After Pills “Abortive Pills”

Fact checking time! Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in Colorado last night and referred to emergency contraception/the morning-after pill as "abortive pills." This could be because he or his team genuinely doesn't understand that emergency contraception (Plan B) and the abortion pill (RU-486) are two completely different pills. Or it could be because he'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012

Today’s Lady News: CVS Refuses Emergency Contraception To Man, Suggests He’s A Rapist

A Texas man is suing a CVS pharmacy after it refused to sell him the morning-after pill, which he was purchasing for his wife. Jason Melbourne drove to four pharmacies until he found one which sold Plan B emergency contraception, but the pharmacist refused to sell it, pointing to the fine print that said he…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2012

Girl Talk: I Took Plan B

Typically before heading into the office, I make a pit stop to get coffee. Yesterday I had to swing into the pharmacy instead—to get Plan B. As I walked through the drugstore doors, I recalled the news from the day before: The FDA was considering allowing the emergency “morning after” pill to sell on drugstore…
By: Caitlin Thornton / December 8, 2011

Gov’t Overrules FDA, Forbids Morning-After Pill From Going On Shelves

I knew I shouldn't get my hopes up: the Secretary of  Health and Human Services (a woman!) has overruled the FDA's recommendation to allow the morning-after pill to be sold on drugstore shelves without a prescription. If Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it is almost 90 percent…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

FDA Considers Putting The Morning-After Pill On Drugstore Shelves

Conservatives losing their marbles to start in five ... four ... three ... two ... one: the FDA has until tomorrow to decide whether the morning-after pill Plan B will be available on drugstore shelves (as opposed to behind the counter) without a prescription for anyone of any age. If taken within 72 hours of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011

Today’s Lady News: iPhone’s Siri Won’t Help You Find The Morning-After Pill

Siri on the iPhone won't tell you where to find the morning-after pill, but it will help you find Viagra. [Reproductive Health Reality Check] Plus, 10 things Siri on iPhone will help you get instead of an abortion, like escorts. [Raw Story] Ohio's State Senate president, a Republican, said his party…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Plan B For Girls 17 And Under?

The makers of the Plan B morning-after pill plan to ask the FDA to allow for the emergency contraception to be sold without a prescription for young women under age 17. Plan B is available without a prescription for women ages 17 and older. [Reuters] Black and Latina women are less likely tha…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2011

What Is Ella, The Morning-After Pill That The FDA Just Approved?

Woot, woot! On Friday afternoon, the FDA approved ella, a new emergency contraceptive that can be taken five days after unprotected sex, for prescription-only sales. If the condom breaks, you are a victim of sexual assault, or any number of numerous situations where you're doing the "No babies! No babies!" dance, you now have…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2010

Men Explain Birth Control!

Blogger Amanda Hess of The Sexist took her video camera around D.C. and asked a bunch of dudes to explain how different types of women-controlled birth control work, including the Pill, the patch, diaphragms, and Nuva-ring. Some guys get an A+ for looking adorable while trying ... while others don't know what the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2010

What’s Ellaone? And How Can It Keep Me From Getting Pregnant?

We've all heard about emergency contraception — also called "the morning after pill" — which is most effective when a woman takes it up to 72 hours (five) after unprotected sex to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Chances are, you or someone you know has taken EC after the condom broke, a sexual assault,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2010
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