Family Planning for Women

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Note: This post is informational, not political.

As many of you know, my husband and I recently welcomed our second baby boy. As was the case with my first pregnancy, we discussed at great length having another baby, when we'd like to have the baby and how prepared we thought we were for a new addition to the family. Being able to plan my pregnancies helped ease my prenatal anxiety a lot. I became a mother when I was ready (or rather as ready as anyone can be).

Having that choice in the matter helped me feel a lot more in control at a time when I had little control over everything else i.e. physical and emotional changes. It was important to me to feel that way.

I know not everyone feels that way - being prepared/ ready -- when they engage in sexual intercourse, though. That is why Plan B One-Step is an important optionfor women's health and autonomy of their bodies and their personal choices, although Plan B should not be anyone’s first method of birth control. Plan B is an emergency contraceptive pill for those in rare situations when you may have had unprotected sex or failure of your regular birth control method.

Plan B is available at CVS.  For $10 off of your purchase, use this coupon: (You do not need to show ID to purchase it and there is no age restriction.)

It is important to note that Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will therefore not affect a beginning or existing pregnancy, and it will also not impact your fertility.

So what does Plan B do? When used as directed within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure, which is very important, it helps prevent pregnancy before it begins after unprotected sex or birth control failure. That is because it mainly delays ovulation. The sooner you take it, the more effective it is. The active ingredient (levonorgestrel) is actually contained in many common birth control pills. Plan B just has a higher, single dose of it.

There is also a misconception that it is primarily used among young women. In reality, half of the women who use Plan B are 18-24-years-old and the other half are 25 years and older.

Now that you know more about it, my hope is that you will not judge others who have the need to take it or feel ashamed to use it yourself. There is nothing shameful about doing what's best for yourself and your health!

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