When Plan A Fails

The Morning After Pill & What You Should Know

Bad Habits | Alice Kim | March 3, 2016

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We’ve all heard it before. “Wrap it before ya tap it,” “No glove, no love,” “Don’t be a prick, cover your dick.”

But, when all breaks loose (literally) and two horny individuals realize that Plan A didn’t work, they go over to their local pharmacy to buy the emergency contraception pill, aka Plan B.

But back in 1999, there wasn’t even a choice to buy Plan B over the counter. The FDA kept rejecting the numerous petitions to sell it over the counter for years. The only way people could get their hands on it was if they were over 18 and had a doctor’s prescription. Fast forward 7 years, and EC was made available OTC to women over 18, but those below that age still had to get a prescription. Then, in 2009, the Plan B One Step pill was approved and available in retail pharmacies all over the country…but only if you were 17 and older (only one year difference…nice job FDA.)

Then FINALLY, in June of 2013, the FDA approved Plan B One Step to be sold over the counter with no age restrictions or prescription.

Although now this “morning after pill” is so easily accessible, it’s recommended to only be used during emergencies – not as a regular form of birth control (i.e. not every morning after). However, according to the Emergency Contraception website and the Plan B One Step, there are no long-term medical reason for progestin-only emergency contraception pills to be used more than once.

BUT again, that does not mean you should only rely on this and use it as your regular form of birth control…unless you want to pay 50 bucks every time and risk dealing with some of the lovely side effects, which include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and menstrual changes.

So when it comes down to paying for the pricey pill, both parties involved should be able to make the purchase, right?

Well, a recent study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health showed that a man has a 1 in 5 chance of not having access to the pill. The study sent out 158 male shoppers to pharmacies all throughout New York City to purchase emergency contraception. The results showed that 80% of the pharmacies would give access to EC. However, 73% of the pharmacies that declined would give limited access, as they required the female or her ID present.

With this, I was curious to hear others’ opinions on the subject, so I asked 50 people: “Who should be responsible for purchasing Plan B? Guy? Girl? Or both?” 92% of the individuals who voted stated that both parties should split it.

Although the majority of people agree that both partners should cover the cost, many people I’ve interviewed say guys have placed the responsibility on the girl because it’s “her body” and others say girls have blamed the guys because they’re the ones who “broke it.” In the case that the two don’t like using condoms, they should keep in mind that although the pull out method might prevent pregnancy, it won’t give you protection against genital warts and other fun stuff.

Whether you think it’s his/her fault or if something went wrong, here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Check the expiration dates on your condoms!!!
2. Once you have a non-expired condom, wear and use it correctly. (Yeah, it’s a given, but why do you think Plan B exists in the first place?)
3. If you both wanted it in the first place (and don’t want any children in the near future), then both partners should be held responsible and pay their dues.
4. If you don’t already use it and have a consistent sex life, consider using birth control.
5. And for those who forgo condoms altogether, make sure the pull out game is indeed strong.

With all this being said, stay safe and stay equal amidst your sex-driven lives.










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