(Women’s Special) SEXUAL HEALTH: Morning-after pill right after

Emergency Contraception

March celebrates women around the world. The UK recently celebrated mother’s day this past Sunday 8 March, which was also the date of the first International Women’s Day in Europe in 1911. I hope you expats bought mother’s day cards to save for later in May (I forgot again!). March is also Women’s History Month in the US.   

In honor of women everywhere, Globosexuals will feature posts solely to do with female sexuality leading up to the revealing of March’s Globosexual of the Month. You’re in for quite a treat!

For now, Lloyd’s Pharmacy in the UK recently announced it will sell the morning-after pill online so women can get the morning-after pill before they need it. This will surely fix the dilemma of “where to get it” on the weekends or after clinics close for the day-which is when you’re most likely to need it. The pill will cost £28 and will be delivered to your home 72 hours after ordering.

In August 2006, after many years of deliberation, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill, without the need of a prescription. The prescription use was approved in 1999. The over-the-counter drug is only available to those over 18 and can range between $10 and $70.

Although this emergency contraceptive (EC) version is normally referred to as “the morning-after pill” the pill can be taken up to several days after intercourse takes place. The Plan B pill can be taken up to five days later, while the UK’s Levonelle 1500 can be taken up to 72 hours, or three days, after unprotected intercourse. However, the pill is more effective within the first 12 hours of intercourse. The Plan B pill requires at least two pills to be taken, while other methods may require more.  

HOW IT WORKS:
The pills contain similar hormones found in birth control pills that prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs, while they alter the lining of the womb so that a fertilized egg can’t be embedded, according to
Lloyd’s pharmacy. Planned Parenthood in the US, further explains that the pill prevents pregnancy by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus to block sperm from joining an egg.

The morning-after pill does not cause an abortion, asserts Planned Parenthood.

EFFECTIVENESS:
“Plan B reduces the risk of pregnancy by 89% when started within 72 hours-or three days-after unprotected intercourse,” states Planned Parenthood. They also claim that 1 out of 100 women will become pregnant after taking Plan B, which are pretty good odds.

SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Tenderness in the breasts
  • Spotting
  • Dizziness

COST:
Free in the UK and probably in most of Europe because of publicly funded healthcare if you go to a general practitioner or sexual health clinic. Through Lloyd’s online Pharmacy, it costs £28 a pop. In the US it can range from $10 to $70 depending if you have insurance. It costs $49.95 plus shipping through
www.getthepill.com in the US. Shipping and handling can range from $8.80 up to $24.24 depending on how quickly you want it. You can have as soon as the next day or five days later.

 
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Purchase it now and have it as an emergency back up. You never know when you or a friend will need it.

-JD

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