The Morning After (Pill):
When passion requires a plan b
by Lola LeBlanc
You enjoyed night of fun and passion, and the sex was great. As you remove traces of eye makeup you can start to see how your clothes on the floor make a perfect path to the bed, reminding you just how passionate the night before was.
As you step out of bedroom and pick up the morning after mess, you realize that you cannot find a condom wrapper. You frantically check the trash and nothing. You start to question yourself, "Did I use a condom?", and panic starts to set in. "Did I take my birth control pills properly? Am I ovulating? How do I count my days again to figure that out?" Then it hits you; you might need the morning after pill!
If this happened to you, or if you want to be prepared just in case, here are some facts you should know before making your decision.
· The Morning After Pill (Plan B or Next Choice), is not an abortion pill; it simply prevents the egg from being fertilized. It will not end an existing pregnancy.
· The Morning After Pill is available at pharmacies and drug stores as an OTC (over the counter) medicine. As long as you are 17 and older you can pick up the Morning After Pill without a prescription. Call ahead to the pharmacy to ensure they stock the morning after pill before you head over.
· The Morning After Pill (Plan B or Next Choice) is usually just one pill that you take within 72 hours (sooner is always much better) of unprotected sex, or a contraceptive failure.
· There are other brands, which include two pills that are taken within 12 hours of each other. The pills contain levonorgestrel, which is commonly found in birth control, but in a larger dose.
· Side effects can include nausea, lower abdominal pain, breast tenderness, headache, dizziness, and changes in your period.
· Fertility returns within a cycle or two, so remember to use condoms or your regular birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
· If you are on birth control, you may be able to use your existing pills as a morning after pill. Visit ec.princeton.edu/questions/dose.html to see if your brand is on the list.
If you have any questions consult your physician, Planned Parenthood, or visit the Plan B website or Next Choice website; these can help you decide if the Morning After Pill is right for you.
As always I promote the three E’s; ecstasy, excitement and exploration as long as safe sex is involved. I’m not saying I’m always perfect, but I do know my options and stay informed, and as safe as possible. Safer sex is better sex!
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Lola LeBlanc loves to share! She believes that every woman should have a sex life full of love, passion, and satisfaction. She believes in the three E’s; ecstasy, excitement, and exploration with every sexual experience.
If you have a question or would like a suggestion on how to improve or spice up your sex life please email her at Lola (at) ScarletGirl.com. Look for your response in Lola’s Lessons, a monthly Q&A article coming up exclusively on Scarlet Girl!
Lola’s knowledge and tips come from her health background and her own personal experiences. She loves to explore the world of sexuality to bring you the best tips and tricks to enhance your sex life!
Remember whatever Lola wants…well you know the rest!