Sex Where To Get The Morning After Pill
posted by April 2 at 18:00 PMon
Brad’s post below is making my head hurt.
Attention anyone who suffered through abstinence-only sex education:
A ton of excellent, easy to use, incredibly effective and relatively cheap birth control options exist.
You should also know that condoms, while excellent for protecting you from disease, are a somewhat crappy form of birth control—at least with typical use of condoms. Use them, but if you’re planning on having sex regularly, you should add on a better method of birth control in addition to condoms.
If your method of birth control fails—ripped condom, slipping when removing a condomed-up penis, no condom, forgot to take the pill, drunken assault and so on—a fantastic new drug exists that can stop you from becoming pregnant, if you use it soon enough. The morning after pill—otherwise known as Plan B or emergency contraception—reduces the chance of getting pregnant by at least 75%, provided it is taken within 48 hours after sex. The sooner after sex you take the pill, the better it works.
It doesn’t work through abortion; rather it can prevent ovulation (the ovary releasing an egg to be fertilized) or implantation in the uterus of a fertilized egg. If you are already pregnant, it won’t hurt the embryo or fetus.
The side effects are relatively mild for almost all women, at worst similar to a really bad period.
And in a growing number of states, including Washington, you don’t even need to talk to a doctor first.
In Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington, laws allow women to get Emergency Contraception directly from a pharmacy without first going to a doctor or clinic.
The ec-help.org website can help you find which pharmacies will do just that.
In King County, when in doubt, head for a Safeway.
In Seattle, the Safeways at
85th and 15th NW in Ballard,
22nd Ave E and Madison on Capitol Hill,
U-Village in the U-District,
the corner of California and Admiral Way or 28th ave s and Roxbury in West Seattle,
1st ave w and Republican st in Lower Queen Anne
carry and will give out the emergency contraception.
Expect to pay a little under $50.
I guarantee it’ll work better than a douche of Sprite, or a shot of Mountain Dew.
A friendly cartoon penis tells you how to use a condom properly:
And a pair of cartoon genitals explain how pregancy happens:
Several readers have pointed out:
On August 24, 2006, Plan B was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nonprescription sale to women and men 18 and older in the United States.
If you don’t live in one of the nine states listed above, per the FDA you should be able to buy Plan B over the counter from some pharmacists. I’m actually curious to hear if men and women in some of the more conservative states have had success doing just that.
You can search for a provider near you that has committed to offering emergency contraception over-the-counter.
If you live in a state resistant to over-the-counter sales, you (men and women) can buy the morning after pill before the morning after, and have it ready just in case…