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Today I’m sharing something that sits very near and dear to my heart, but may rub some people the wrong way. I want to start by emphasizing that if talking about contraceptives bothers you this may not be the post for you.
Guys I’m going to be honest with you: I suck at remembering to take birth control daily. I’ve been married for three years and just got on birth control that I don’t have to remember to take daily. Thankfully my insurance covered it so I didn’t have to pay too much and it will last me for a few years.
When we first got married we knew we wanted to wait a little while before having a baby. We had Easton, and while we knew we didn’t want to wait too long, we wanted to settle in to our new routine. We were both in school, working, and raising a one year old.
I started on birth control not too long after we got married but if I’m being honest I definitely skipped a pill once in a while. I would forget or we’d be gone all day and I’d miss the time or I’d misplace it. I tried to be diligent but I’m human, I’m a busy mom, and I make mistakes.
While this never did lead to me getting pregnant (until we were ready of course), I always knew that if something happened and I was worried about my birth control failing I would be able to help prevent getting pregnant with Plan B One-Step.
While we’re on the subject, let me clarify a few misconceptions about Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.
1) It is NOT an abortion pill. Plan B One-Step will not end or affect an existing pregnancy. Plan B does have the active ingredient, levonorgestrel, which is the same ingredient in many common birth control pills, just in a single, higher dose . Plan B uses this hormone to delay ovulation and prevent pregnancy before it begins. It works within the first 72 hours- and the sooner you take it, the better it will work.
2) Plan B will not affect your ability to become pregnant in the future should you choose to! It’s an emergency contraceptive to be used after unprotected sex or birth control slip-ups, but it will not have long term effects.
3) It is easily accessible and you can get it without an ID and at any age. I know that this might make some people uncomfortable to think about, but if we know that people are having sex, isn’t it better to prevent unplanned pregnancy?
On this last note, did you know that HALF of the people using Plan B are over the age of 25? I know that it’s easy to generalize and assume, but really emergency contraception is an important option for all women and their family planning efforts. Whether you’re single, dating, or even married.
Again, I know that this might be a taboo subject. But this is the real world. We’re adults making adult decisions. We need to be informed, practice safe sex, and be smart.
Frankly as someone who got pregnant at 17, I feel like I’m qualified to say this and to bring it up as something I feel is important.
Plan B One-Step can be found at your local Target near the family planning. You can also call your Target pharmacist for help locating it if for some reason you are unable to. You can also use this coupon for $10 off of your Plan B One-Step purchase.