Plan B

02Aug06

So
Here are my thoughts about the “morning after pill”, aka Plan B.
I was sick of flipping through news channels and hearing about it minute after minute. So instead of changing the channel or walking way, I did some research. The issue is about the FDA approving it to be sold over the counter to ages 18+ in all states. It is already sold in some states over the counter. The issue also relies on the controversy of it being considered as a form of abortion.

My worries and thoughts about the controversy:
1. “Sex-uneducated” people will be having sex and taking it all the time, disregarding other diseases and STDs.
2. Girls under the age of 18 will find a way to obtain it.
3. People will think it is very protective. I know the rates are low, in the 10%, but I’m just pissed as to how this will be marketed and perceived by the public and especially by the young ones.
4. Some say it should be used for rare situation. Any unwanted pregnancy can have a good “excuse” [rape is the one I have mixed thoughts about]
5. Why should birth control pills [even if they are perscribed for other reasons too] be under perscription and Plan B not, when it has a higher dosage?!

Details about when the pill should be taken:
“Emergency contraception pills are birth control pills, containing the same ingredients as birth control pills, but at a higher dosage. Like birth control pills, emergency contraception pills work by preventing ovulation — the release of an egg.After sex, pregnancy may occur if an egg is released and the sperm and egg meet. But the sperm are available inside the woman for days, so a woman who releases an egg one, two or three days after sex can become pregnant. If, however, she takes emergency contraception after sex but before releasing an egg, the emergency contraception will prevent the egg from being released and thus prevent pregnancy. Since pregnancy can result if emergency contraception is taken after an egg has been released, EC is not 100% effective, and it becomes less effective when there is a delay in administering it.”

Post fertilization controversy:
” In May of 2005, a study was published showing that Plan B “appears to work by interfering with ovulation, thus preventing fertilization, and not by disrupting events that occur after fertilization.” [14]In addition, manufacturers of oral contraceptives have long claimed that the Pill provides three lines of defense against pregnancy: it prevents ovulation (most of the time), blocks sperm by thickening cervical mucus, and, should all else fail, theoretically reduces the chances that a fertilized egg will implant in the uterus by hormonally altering the uterine lining.

However, it is not known if this post-fertilization effect actually happens. “There is no evidence that the Pill’s effect on the uterine lining interferes with implantation or has a post-fertilization effect,” says contraception expert Felicia Stewart, MD, codirector of the Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy in San Francisco. “Documenting it would be a very difficult research task.””

Interesting
“Emergency contraception is available without prescription in the following 45 countries: Albania, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Iceland, India, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.” Along with the UK and France. Canada will be jumping in as well.

Bla.

To make it easy on you, I took quotes from one source

Moots

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One Response to “Plan B”

  1. Sounds crazy. Are you attempting to play with my impulsive width Oh, good joke) When do you need to oil a mouse? When it squeaks.


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