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I was a sophomore in college when it happened. We were at a neighboring apartment when a fellow student tried to take advantage of me. Afterwards, I was scared, but I was also angry. I swore that I would never allow myself to feel powerless again.
Since then, it’s been a personal mission of mine to make other women feel empowered. As former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” the same is true that no one should be able to make you powerless.
One of the common ways women are made to feel powerless is when it comes to their sexual health. Whether it be obtaining birth control or choosing when and how they get pregnant, women are made to feel guilty about taking charge of their sexuality.
While I always advocate women being their own advocates and finding a birth control that works for them, I also realize accidents happen whether it be unprotected sex or even birth control failure. In either of these instances you can either wait and see, or you can take matters into your own hands. After all, this is your future.
No, I’m not talking about abortion. I’m talking about Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.
For years, emergency contraception has been treated like a dirty little secret. Once-upon-a-time you used to need a prescription, then you had to be 18 to buy it, but now in most stores (such as CVS) it is available on the shelf in the family planning aisle. Well, I’m here today to dispel some of the myths surrounding Plan B and emergency contraception.
Myth #1: Plan B will cause a miscarriage.
Plan B works mainly by delaying ovulation which means that it prevents pregnancy before it begins. The active ingredient is levonorgestrel, which is the same ingredient that is found in many birth control pills. Plan B just has a higher, single dose. Plus, Plan B won’t affect an existing pregnancy, so if you are already pregnant it won’t do anything.
Myth #2: You only have a few hours to take Plan B.
Plan B One-Step can actually be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure, but the sooner you take it the more effective it is.
Myth #3: You need a prescription to get Plan B.
Plan B is now available over the counter and you don’t need a prescription or an ID. You can usually find Plan B in the family planning aisle, but if you can’t find it you can always ask a pharmacist and they can help.
Myth #4: Taking emergency contractions can affect getting pregnant later.
Just because you take Plan B emergency contraception doesn’t mean it will affect your long-term or future fertility. Ovulation should return to normal with your next menstrual cycle. This is why it is so important to find a birth control that works for you if you don’t want to get pregnant.
It is important for all women to feel empowered to take control of their fertility which is why having over-the-counter access to Plan B One-Step is so important. If you do choose to take Plan B, be sure to take it as directed. Additionally, you can save $10 off the cost by printing this Plan B coupon.