No Age Limit on Morning-After Pill
Summary: Since the pill is not 100% effective and does carry some risks, what are the guidelines, side effects and exceptions for emergency contraceptives?The emergency contraceptive, Plan B One-Step, also known as "the morning-after pill," was approved by the FDA on July 13, 2009. In April 2013, a federal judge ordered the FDA to allow emergency contraception to be sold over-the-counter, lifting all age limitations. There are nearly two dozen brands of emergency contraception in the United States today. The FDA-approved generic alternative to Plan B One-Step is Next Choice One Dose. So does Next Choice have different purchasing requirements than Plan B? The morning-after pill only requires you to swallow one pill, which you should take as soon as possible. Even though the drug's slogan is, "the morning-after" pill, that doesn't mean you should wait until the next morning to take it. The manufacturer suggests taking the pill within 72 hours of contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. Although, the sooner you take it, the more effective. It is important to note that the pill is not 100% effective and does carry some risks. Not only that, but emergency contraceptives should not encourage irresponsible sexual behavior. Is this putting young women who need guidance in danger? Harvard-trained special guest, Dr. Sara Gottfried, OB/GYN, MD, explains the guidelines, side effects, exceptions and cost for emergency contraceptives.