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Plan B

So, a few of my friends have been posting about their usage of Plan B (the morning after pill) to try to dispel misconceptions about its use.


I thought I'd take a moment and join in with my own, unremarkable story:

It was late 2001 and I had sex in the very early stages of a relationship, so early I wasn't even sure if it was a relationship. Either the condom broke or the guy was being dumb about condom use, I honestly don't remember which, but either way there was some chance I could get pregnant. The guy mentioned the possibility of Plan B, and also suggested I consider going on birth control pills.

Plan B was still prescription-only at the time, but I searched the web and found a place that offered prescriptions for Plan B and birth control pills to women over the internet, all I had to do was fill out some information online. The organization did this because they knew not all women could access an understanding health care provider quickly enough (the organization did require proof that their clients were getting pap smears and pelvic exams if they used their service for more than a year).

So I got a prescription for Plan B from the online place and got it filled at a local drugstore. I recall it wasn't very expensive, my insurance might have partially covered the prescription. I took the pill and it made me very tired for a few days. And I didn't get pregnant. I probably wouldn't have anyway, but it seemed worth doing.

I think it is good that Plan B is now available without a prescription to all ages. Though it is too bad it can cost around $50 - someone in a bad situation who doesn't have much money might have difficulty getting that much together.


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Apr. 11th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
plan b made me feel sick as a dog so to speak. but when you need it you need it.

Edited at 2013-04-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
It seems really weird to me that using emergency contraception is something that is considered eventful enough to blog about. I've used it maybe twice? three times? and in each case it was a pretty simple equation of "Fuck! Condom fail!", some basic math regarding my last period date and probable ovulation, and a quick call to Planned Parenthood, or stop by the pharmacy. It made me feel sick as a dog and kind of like dying -- probably because my body hates synthetic progesterones -- but I never thought of it as a big deal even then, because normal contraception also makes me feel like ass for the same reasons.

When I mentioned it off-hand to the boyfriend involved in one of those incidents, he clearly felt weird about it -- wanted to give me money for the pills and cluck over me, things like that. I think for him it was more intellectually like an abortion, where he felt like he had to be supportive. For me, it was more like birth control and not worth writing home about.
Apr. 12th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
I don't think any of us thought it was blogworthy originally, either. It's just after all the weird media coverage lately over it becoming OTC for all ages, we wanted to reduce stigma by talking about it and putting it out in the open, the way some women do with abortion stories.
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