Recently, the cost of hormonal forms of birth control such as the pill and the patch, among others, have skyrocketed. At least if you're buying them from a campus health clinic. Up until this year, pharmaceutical companies gave colleges deep discounts on contraception. Time Magazine explains why costs have gone up so much and The Chicago Sun-Times gives an example of the consequences.
I have passed the due date of my period. I am on the injection and I am not pregnant, but I am experiencing brown spotting. What should I do?...
My girlfriend has been on birth control for a while and recently switched to a new brand. We've been sexually active but I always withdraw, and now she is a week late. Is that a side effect of the new pills or what?...
The article goes into far more detail but I just want to point out that this is evidence that teens can and do make responsible choices when choosing to be sexually active. Indeed, contraceptive use accounted for 86% of the drop whereas abstinence can only claim 14%.
The morning after pill is now legal in the U.S. for over-the counter use, without a prescription, for those over 18.
But what does that mean to you?
Following is an in-depth question and answer page about the decision and how it will be applied for all women, about Plan B, and about pharmacist refusals and how to manage them. Please circulate this information and/or link it as widely as possible, (with attribution to the author, please).
The FDA press release from the day of the decision stated:
Well, for women 18 and older.
Dr. Crawford at the FDA said he wanted more public opinion on OTC status for emergency contraception.
Okay. Here's some from a woman, who, according to Dr. Crawford, is barely old enough to comprehend a simple, single sentence which informed her to take one pill now, and another in twelve hours: