Alternatives to Plan B for Emergency Contraception
Should "morning after" pills be free?
- Plan B is one of the most popular forms of emergency contraception today, but it's not the only one available. Various other morning-after options do the same thing and work in the same way — stopping the process of ovulation in order to prevent pregnancy.
Alternatives to Plan B
- Plan B is an over-the-counter medication that usually costs between $40-60. Plan B contains levonorgestrel, a drug that can work in one of three ways: prevent the release of an egg from the ovary, prevents fertilization of the egg by sperm, or change the lining of the uterus to prevent the development of pregnancy.
- Ella is a morning-after pill that contains ulipristal acetate. Acquiring ella requires a prescription from a doctor and is 85% effective if it's taken within 5 days. At a minimum, it costs $50. This is the most effective emergency contraceptive pill.
- Last-minute medical consultations and next-day delivery of ella are accessible through Nurx and PRJKT RUBY.
- Like Plan B, Take Action is a levonorgestrel pill that can be bought over the counter. It is 75-89% effective if taken within 3 days and costs around $35, making it a more affordable option.
- AfterPill also contains levonorgestrel and is 75-89% effective if taken within 3 days. It is one of the most accessible options as it can be obtained online and only costs around $25, including shipping.
- Paragard is not a pill, but a copper intrauterine device (IUD), which is also used as a form of birth control. If it’s used within 5 days, it's more than 99.9% effective. However, it requires a medical appointment for a prescription and insertion, and can cost up to $1,300.
Birth control pills
- Regular birth control pills can also be used like a morning-after pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy if you’re already prescribed them. Continuing to take birth control pills is 56-86% effective.
Restrictions to morning-after pills
- While morning-after pills are incredibly beneficial, they still have a long way to go. Many are ineffective for people weighing over 165-195 lbs, which is a significant portion of the population. Anyone above the average weight in America — 170.8 to 199.8 lbs — is left without effective methods of emergency contraception.
- Morning-after pills and other forms of emergency contraception are unaffordable to many. Some organizations offer free morning-after pills, which many experts say is an essential resource in public health, including certain Planned Parenthood locations and local health centers. Find the nearest Planned Parenthood and local health center to you.
Do you think morning-after pills should be free nationwide? Let your representatives know.
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yes, make it free, and very accessable to all, from grade 9-to adults with no questions asked.
Birth control is women's healthcare! Why would anyone be against women's health?
I support the right of women to have the same agency over their own bodies and their own healthcare that men have. As long as men can receive ED pills and prostate care freely and easily in every state, then women should be able to receive reproductive care freely and easily in every state.
If someone wants to tell me why women should not be able to access the morning-after pill in every location in this "free country", then I will ask them what access to healthcare men will lose in that same location.
The more alternatives women have to terminate conception is a plus. If the GD religious right and the f-ing Republicans won't allow women the right to an abortion, then at least provide them with some other option that will prevent pregnancy. Of course, the most effective way would be to perform vasectomies on all males age 18-99 and I'd start with Trump, his MAGA buddies and pretty much all Republican lawmakers who wish to impose their own radical right views on others.
I think that women should have the right and the means to terminate a potential pregnancy before a fetus can even begin to form. It is no-one else's business. PERIOD!
This, by no means, should not be seen as an alternative to or replacement for a women's right to choose an abortion with some late term restrictions for anything other than medical reasons - as was the case for the past fifty years due to the Supreme Court's prior Roe decision (Before the conservative activist Justices were all infected by the Fedralist Society's pathogen of rampart Christian Nationalism).
Several universities (Stanford, Dartmouth, Unuversity of California, Boston University, George Washington University, etc) have installed vending machine with Plan B pills. Some have had them for years. Others have recently added them after the recent Supreme Court decision.
Now that I know about the price-gouging pharmaceutical companies are doing--
I say "Yes. Absolutely, make these "Morning After Pills" FREE!
Alternatives to Plan B for Emergency Contraception
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