My Oops Moment with Plan B One-Step®

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We've all seen “Mean Girls,” you can probably quote it. In my favorite scene, Coach Duvall awkwardly croons, "Don't have sex. Because you will get pregnant, and die. Don't have sex in the missionary position, don't have sex standing up, just...don't do it. Promise...? Everyone grab some rubbers." Helpful, right? (Not even.) Well, even if you grabbed a rubber, we all make mistakes, we all have those "oops" moments. They break, the alarm reminding us to take our birth control gets accidentally "dismissed" instead of "snoozed," whatever. Life happens, accidents happen; it's happened to me. 

I'm just lucky I was aware of my options when my "oops moment" occurred; I marched right into the nearest drug store and picked up Plan B One-Step ® , handed over my debit card, took the pill, and went home to continue cramming for finals. According to a survey sponsored by Teva Women’s Health and conducted by the Kinsey Instituted at Indiana University, nearly 70% of college students say pregnancy would be highly disruptive to their lives*. If you’re like me, and you too fall into this category, it's really important to be aware of your options to make the most informed decision possible. More and more often these days, it's seems young women aren't aware of the resources available to us. Even more alarming, the survey found that college students who feel more at risk for pregnancy often know less about over- the-counter emergency contraception*.

Plan B One-Step ® is an emergency contraceptive back up plan that helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed and taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure (but, for real ladies, the sooner it’s taken, the better it works). It's not an abortion pill; Plan B One-Step ® contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills—just at a higher dose. It should not be used as regular birth control, because it is not as effective. Plan B One-Step ® will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. It is not intended for routine use because it is not as effective as regular birth control methods. It does not protect you against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). When taken as directed, about 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking Plan B One-Step ®.

Plan B One-Step ® is a backup option to keep in mind if your primary method of birth control fails or breaks, you forget to take a dose of your normal birth control, or you didn't use any form of birth control. It's been used by millions of women** like me and is the #1 OB/GYN recommended brand of emergency contraceptive.*** Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

Whatever your decision, I want to make sure you have all the information you need. I know when I had my "oops moment" it was helpful to have the information I needed to decide what plan of action was best for me, and that plan just so happened to be Plan B One-Step ®.

Learn more about Plan B One-Step ® at Use as directed. 

*Survey of 3,600 female and male college students ages 18-25 sponsored by Teva Women’s Health, the makers of Plan B One-Step ®, and conducted by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. **Survey of 1000 OB/GYNs, February 2017. 
***FDA drug use review, December 2011. mittee/UCM288778.pdf.

I am being compensated for this partner post by Her Campus on behalf of Teva Women’s Health. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support!

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