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Posts tagged Emergency contraception

May 26 '14
May 14 '14

plannedparenthood:

bebinn:

recoverykitty:

FYI Amazon now sells Plan B emergency contraceptive

This is half or even less the price you’d probably find it in a pharmacy! It’s a really good idea to have it on hand, so you can take it right away if you need to. If your sexual activities put you at risk for unintended pregnancy, consider keeping this in your medicine cabinet!

Plan B One-Step: Get it at your local Planned Parenthood health center, over the counter at drugstores, and now you can get it on amazon.com! Buy it ahead of time and keep it in your medicine cabinet just in case.

You can also get ella, another type of morning-after pill, online. You need a prescription to get ella, but you can consult with a doctor through the ella website and get it delivered to you the next day. (You need to have a credit card and be 18 to order it online.)

Click here to learn more about which kind of emergency contraception is best for you.

May 7 '14

farandolae:

bebinn:

recoverykitty:

FYI Amazon now sells Plan B emergency contraceptive

This is half or even less the price you’d probably find it in a pharmacy! It’s a really good idea to have it on hand, so you can take it right away if you need to. If your sexual activities put you at risk for unintended pregnancy, consider keeping this in your medicine cabinet!

If only it was part of Amazon Prime…

EDIT: It’s sold thru a third party seller, and one of the reviews said they tried to contact Plan B to verify the lot number on this item and they wouldn’t because they “do not have a relationship with Amazon” so uh…. use at your own risk

I saw that and went :/

The seller does have a 4.8-star rating out of 72 reviews over the past year, and the negative feedback looks pretty insignificant. I think that’s a good sign.

May 6 '14

recoverykitty:

FYI Amazon now sells Plan B emergency contraceptive

This is half or even less the price you’d probably find it in a pharmacy! It’s a really good idea to have it on hand, so you can take it right away if you need to. If your sexual activities put you at risk for unintended pregnancy, consider keeping this in your medicine cabinet!

Apr 24 '14

Common Lies Told By Crisis Pregnancy Centers

expose-cpcs:

Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.

1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer

Truth: Every reputable cancer institute and OB/GYN organization has said this is false and based on poor research. [source] [source]

2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility

Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]

3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems

Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]

4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous

Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]

5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work

Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.

Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]

6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion

Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]

7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies

Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]

8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion

Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]

Mar 23 '14

Pregnancy Tests PSA

furiouswomb:

When I found out I was pregnant I was already 9 weeks along. After my abortion I swore I would never let a pregnancy sneak up on me again. My new contraceptive has stopped my periods so I got into the habit of taking a pregnancy test every two weeks just to be sure.

As you know, home pregnancy tests are expensive. I don`t have the time to go to the sexual health clinic every two weeks just for a pregnancy test so I had to find an alternative.

I discovered that you can buy 30 `dip stick` style pregnancy tests on eBay for 2.76 GBP (about $4.50 USD) I checked their accuracy with a health professional and they told me that these dip stick tests are the exact same brand and type that they use at clinics so they`re pretty damn reliable.

They come in discreet packaging too.

I urge you all to buy some. Stock up. If you or anyone you know needs a test, you`ll have one on hand. Hopefully this will save some of you in the USA from having to visit a PP surrounded by protesters or being lured into CPCs.

The eBay seller I got mine from is called `klackstar` but there are plenty of other options too and most ship internationally.

Please spread this around!!

OP, do you know what brand your health professional vetted? I’m finding a lot of reviews saying that Clinical Guard gives false positives, and that’s the most common result on eBay. But I also know people with bad experiences are more likely to post reviews than people with good experiences, so who knows?

Emergency contraception is also a super important thing to have on hand. It has a shelf life of up to three years, so if the way you get busy puts you at risk of pregnancy, save yourself some stress, buy it ahead of time, and keep it in a safe place. Generic brands are now available over the counter, and are just as effective and not as expensive. Plan B One-Step has a $10-off coupon if you go to a pharmacy or non-government-funded clinic!

Feb 28 '14
pplm:

ecotc:

BREAKING: Women’s Health Advocates Celebrate FDA Decision to Remove Restrictions on Generic Emergency Contraception 
FULL DETAILS  HERE

More emergency contraception options are moving over the counter — more must be done to increase access, but this is a step in the right direction for EC access!

This is great news! Generics are generally cheaper (though just as effective) than brand names like Plan B One Step, so making them over-the-counter is good progress towards greater accessibility.

pplm:

ecotc:

BREAKING: Women’s Health Advocates Celebrate FDA Decision to Remove Restrictions on Generic Emergency Contraception 

FULL DETAILS  HERE

More emergency contraception options are moving over the counter — more must be done to increase access, but this is a step in the right direction for EC access!

This is great news! Generics are generally cheaper (though just as effective) than brand names like Plan B One Step, so making them over-the-counter is good progress towards greater accessibility.

Jan 24 '14
Jan 8 '14
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In several research studies, women were given Plan B after determining (via hormone tests) which women had ovulated and which had not. The results all showed that none of the women who took Plan B before ovulation became pregnant (these results really help to emphasize how Plan B works by delaying ovulation). Pregnancies only occurred in women who took Plan B on or after the day of ovulation, and these women became pregnant at the same rate as women who have not taken Plan B. Such results prompted researchers Noé, Croxatto, Salvatierra, and Reyes (2011) to conclude that Plan B

“Does not prevent embryo implantation and therefore cannot be labeled as abortifacient.”

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excerpt from How Plan B Works (via rhrealitycheck)

(Source: kiwianaroha)

Nov 27 '13

Does my weight affect which emergency contraception I can use?

plannedparenthood:

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A lot of you asked us:

Is it true that Plan B isn’t effective for women who weigh 176 pounds, and it becomes less effective at 165? What other emergency contraception options are there?

We’re working to make sure that everyone has all of the information they need in order to decide what’s best for them when it comes to emergency contraception. Let’s break down the facts:

What’s emergency contraception (EC)?

Emergency contraception (also called the morning-after pill) is birth control that you can use up to 5 days after unprotected sex (like if you don’t use a condom or forget to take your pills, for example).

There are a few different kinds of emergency contraception:

  • There are two different types of EC pills:
  • Ulipristal acetate, known by the brand name ella
  • You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get ella
  • Levonorgestrel pills, including the brands Next Choice One Dose, My Way, and Plan B One-Step
  • Plan B One-Step is available at drugstores over the counter, without a prescription for anyone, regardless of gender or age.
  • The sooner levonorgestrel pills are taken after unprotected sex, the better they work.

Why is Plan B One-Step in the news?

It was recently announced that in Europe, a method of emergency contraception which is identical to Plan B One-Step pills is now going to include information on the label stating that these pills are less effective in people over 165 pounds and may not be effective in people over 175 pounds. This label change was based on analysis of a 2011 study.

I weigh more than 175 pounds. What are my options for EC?

The most effective option for people of any weight is getting a ParaGard IUD inserted by a nurse or doctor. If you’d rather take a pill, you can take ella. Weight can also be a factor for ella effectiveness: If you have a body mass index (BMI) that’s higher than 35, it’s less effective (but still worth a shot if you can’t get an IUD). Click here to learn more about ella.

If the IUD or ella aren’t options for you and you weigh more than 175 pounds, it’s perfectly safe to take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice One Dose—but it may not work for you.

How do I get ella?

You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get ella. You can also consult with a doctor through the ella website and get it delivered to you the next day. (You need to have a credit card and be 18 to order it online.)

When it comes to weight and effectiveness of emergency contraception, more study is needed but, until then, if you weigh more than 165 and need EC, ella and the ParaGard IUD are your best bet. If you need EC and have questions about which EC method is best for you, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center.

-Chelsea at Planned Parenthood

Nov 25 '13
julianahuxtable:

athenagray:
SIGNAL BOOST. Ella is another form of emergency contraception/the morning-after pill. It’s more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to FIVE DAYS after your mishap, rather than three days. Please spread this around; with all of the anti-choice legislation flying about and how difficult it can be for some people to get Plan B even OTC (like minors, people living in small towns, etc.), this might be the only way a lot of people can get their hands on the morning-after pill.

julianahuxtable:

athenagray:

SIGNAL BOOST. Ella is another form of emergency contraception/the morning-after pill. It’s more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to FIVE DAYS after your mishap, rather than three days. Please spread this around; with all of the anti-choice legislation flying about and how difficult it can be for some people to get Plan B even OTC (like minors, people living in small towns, etc.), this might be the only way a lot of people can get their hands on the morning-after pill.

Nov 25 '13
Oct 22 '13

7 Steps To Take When the Condom Doesn’t Make It

bedsider:

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There’s nothing scarier than finishing an intense session only to look down and realize that something was left behind by your partner. Where did the condom go? Unfortunately what that means is that the condom is still having a bit of fun although you and your partner are done. Even worse: It now has a few (hundred million) friends to join the party.

But just because the condom breaks or doesn’t make it to your next bedroom bash doesn’t mean all hope it lost. Here are 7 things you should do instead of panicking.

1. See the doctor.
Maybe you’ve discovered the condom broke and you’re too freaked out to figure out where it went. First, rest assured that it’s impossible for it to be floating around between your spleen and your liver. If you don’t feel comfortable enough to “explore,” see a doctor who can go where your hand may not dare to—otherwise you could risk an infection.

2. Double up if you’ve skipped pills.
Here’s what to do if you realize you missed a pill (or two, or three…). Depending how long it’s been, you may want to use a backup method.

3. Opt for Plan B.
Emergency contraception (a.k.a. Plan B) is now available without a prescription and can work up to five days after unprotected sex—though the sooner you take it, the more effective it is.

4. Cope with copper.
ParaGard is a copper IUD that can be inserted by a doctor up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy after the fact. It increases cervical mucus and repels sperm.

5. Get tested.
If you’re sexually active you should be getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) every six months. It’s especially important when having multiple partners so that if you get an STI, you can narrow down who may have infected you or been infected by you. Keep in mind that you can’t get accurate results for some STIs until at least six months after unprotected sex, so get tested regularly.

6. Think about what went wrong.
Was the condom expired? Did you put it on backwards? Not enough lubrication? All of these are common culprits that contribute to condom failure. Think about how you can better prepare so you can avoid future scary situations.

7. Plan for next time.
If you need a better birth control, Bedsider can help break down your options.  Emergency contraception can even be bought beforehand to be kept on stand-by for emergency situations.

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Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting educator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health.  She is regularly featured on MadameNoire.com and blogs about everything from beauty to breakfast cereal to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.

Image by renewleeds.

Aug 1 '13
plannedparenthood:

ecotc:

This morning I purchased PlanB using the $10 off coupon which you can find here: http://planbonestep.com/coupon.aspx

It’s August 1, which means you can buy Plan B One-Step at drugstores without a prescription or an ID. Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it, so we’re thrilled that it’s easier than ever to get your hands on it quickly. Check out this awesome Tumblr with user-submitted photos of buying Plan B. You can also learn more about Plan B here. 

plannedparenthood:

ecotc:

This morning I purchased PlanB using the $10 off coupon which you can find here: http://planbonestep.com/coupon.aspx

It’s August 1, which means you can buy Plan B One-Step at drugstores without a prescription or an ID. Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it, so we’re thrilled that it’s easier than ever to get your hands on it quickly. Check out this awesome Tumblr with user-submitted photos of buying Plan B. You can also learn more about Plan B here. 

Jul 25 '13