Now that it's available over-the-counter, more US women are using the emergency contraceptive. But would you?
According to Reuters, between 2006 and 2008, twice as many women ages 15 - 44 claim to have used the emergency 'morning-after' pill compared with four to six years earlier - when it was still restricted to prescription-only.
Because the pill needs to be taken within 72 hours of sex, in 2006, the US approved Plan B for 'behind-the-counter' sales to adults. This meant they could get it from a pharmacy without waiting for a prescription.
A study found that of more than 6,300 sexually active US women surveyed (between 2006 and 2008), nearly 10% said they had ever used emergency contraception. "It has more than doubled since the last time the data were collected," said Megan L. Kavanaugh
Emergency contraception is not intended as an alternative to routine, and more effective, birth-control options, like the Pill. Instead, experts say, it should be used as a backup when routine birth-control fails - such as when a diaphragm slips, a condom breaks or a woman forgets to take her birth control pills.
But what do you say? Would you use the emergency 'morning-after' pill? Vote and comment below.