by Julia Kaye, Health Policy Associate,
National Women's Law Center
Ever sent a scandalous text message to the wrong person? Ran onto the metro just inches ahead of the closing doors, only to find that the train’s headed in the opposite direction? Convinced yourself that it was a good idea to eat two Jumbo Slices at 3am?
Our good friends at the Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign remind us that mistakes happen—especially on New Year’s Eve.
In fact, they report: “New Year’s is the biggest night of the year for birth control accidents. Condoms break. Pills are forgotten…
Make a birth control plan before New Year’s Eve. But if that goes wrong, as things can, know that you have a back-up option with emergency contraception. Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex. It is not the abortion pill. It's available at the pharmacy counter without a prescription for women 17 and older, even in just one pill. If you are under 17, you'll need a doctor's prescription.”
Click here for more information on EC. And don’t forget to remind your friends: If something goes wrong with their birth control plans, there is a back-up option.