Lately, I feel like it’s so much more important to be informed and empowered when it comes to making decisions that affect you and your future. It’s time to take the taboo out of topics that need to be discussed and we should feel comfortable talking about them. Me and my girlfriends always support and rationalize with each other when it comes to life decisions, and even though we may not always agree – we always stick to the facts. The fact is, women should take the risk of unintended pregnancy seriously and be prepared with the right information if unprotected sex or birth control failure happens to them.
Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed and taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it’s taken, the better it works. About 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking Plan B One-Step®. Plan B One-Step® contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills just at a higher dose – although it should not be used as regular birth control because it is not as effective. Plan B One-Step® is not an abortion pill. Plan B One-Step® will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. It does not protect you against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Plan B One-Step® should be used as directed.
It’s so important for you to take control of your life and being informed is the best way to do so. More women are opting to settle down later in life, get married later, have children later, even considering freezing their eggs. Regardless of what “the right time” looks like for you, you need to be empowered.
Plan B One-Step® is available over the counter and can be found in most drugstores without an ID or prescription. You can even get a $10 coupon downloaded from www.PlanBOneStep.com to save on Plan B One-Step®. Plan B One-Step® has been used by millions of women*, including myself. Pregnancy can be a beautiful thing and I look forward to starting a family of my own one day, but when the time is right. Remember, if you ever have any questions about whether you should take Plan B One-Step®, you should consult with a healthcare professional and should only use Plan B One-Step® as directed.
*FDA drug use review, December 2011. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/PediatricAdvisoryCommittee/UCM288778.pdf.
Learn more about Plan B One-Step® at www.PlanBOneStep.com. Use as directed. I am being compensated for this partner post by Her Campus on behalf of Teva Women’s Health