Pregnancy Rates Unchanged with Plan B on Hand

  1. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a proactive program where women can keep on hand at all times at least two free packages of emergency contraceptives -- also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B -- the pregnancy rates are no lower than when women have normal access to emergency contraception, study results suggest.
    Pregnancy rates unchanged with Plan B on hand - Yahoo! News
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Possibly a woman would not have "emergency" pills on hand for an unplanned and unpredictable event.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    there needs to be safer methods of birth control - education dangers of smoking with bc will help but estrogen based bc will always have an element of danger

    sometimes women will not ask for morning after pill, because they think it will look like they are 'dumb' for not taking control beforehand

    i have heard of male bc pills being in the works but i don't know if they are in the market as yet
  5. by   gwenith
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    there needs to be safer methods of birth control - education dangers of smoking with bc will help but estrogen based bc will always have an element of danger

    sometimes women will not ask for morning after pill, because they think it will look like they are 'dumb' for not taking control beforehand

    i have heard of male bc pills being in the works but i don't know if they are in the market as yet
    I think there is still some research to be done but the results look promising,

    Male birth control moves closer - sex - 06 May 2006 - New Scientist
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    As a person who has had to seek emergency controception twice in my life, you would not believe how difficult it is to get, and I am really following these stories and feel that it needs to be more open to women and every woman needs to have access.

    I have even called doctor's offices who acted like they didn't know what I was talking about, or said that it was ONLY given to rape victims.

    The first time I sought it, I sat on the phone for an entire day calling more than 50 offices before I could find a doctor that was even willing to see me for it. I ended up having to drive an hour away because no doctor in my area would do it.

    The second time I called my PCP, but my regular Dr. wasn't available, even after telling the appointment setter what I was coming in for...she put me with an NP that had a religious objection to emergency controception...WHY DOESN'T THE APPOINTMENT STAFF KNOW THIS????? Why schedule the appointment at all?

    Their stupid excuse? "the front staff doesn't give medical advice". I said, "Oh, so if I called the front staff and said I needed a breast augmentation, you would schedule the appointment, have me come in, and see the doctor or NP to tell me you didn't offer that service here, and then bill me? Give me a break!"

    The NP proceded to bring the only other doctor into the room, that SHARED her same religious views, and then they started asking me if I believed in God, asked if I went to church regularly, etc.

    I was LIVID. In essence, they were trying to convince me to "take my chances", and didn't seem to care that I kept telling them I wasn't prepared to have a child or give birth to one and give it away at that time.

    The doctor finally called another one in the practice, who had already called home who was willing to call in the prescription, but they made me feel like a piece of crap at the same time, and made it sound like they were doing me the biggest favor, and I should be so incredibly grateful.

    I left, got my prescription filled, and went back the next day and asked for a quick moment with my regular PCP...I explained to her what happened and I told her after 7 years of coming there and referring countless patients, I would not be coming back and was there to retrieve my medical records.

    Women should NOT have to go through that.
  7. by   adrienurse
    People are still going to get pregnant. People still get pregnant despite all the other choices of birth control out there. Can you imagine the terrible stigma attached to going out and purchasing Plan B. As if there isn't already enough judgement being passed, a woman needs to admit that a mistake has been made (not that it's anyone's business). No one looks at the guy and questions his intelligence and character. Then there's the people that flat out refuse to carry the drug (and there still are a lot of those). I would much rather a woman (or probably more often a child) take the emergency contraception than have to have an abortion.

    I used Plan B once. Ancient history. It made me sick as a dog for 48 hours. It was also back when people used to have to beg a prescription off a physician. Talk about indignity. He made me feel like a stupid serority girl. Joking that "yep there's a lot of that going around this weekend" after I truthfully disclosed that the condom had failed.

    My point is, so what if there is no change in pregnancy rates. It's about giving women control over there lives in a manner that is least disruptive to them.
  8. by   indigo girl
    To Adrienurse and BSNtobe2009, thank you for being brave enough to share your stories, and for speaking your truth.

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