Emergency contraception, like plan B, went unscathed after SCOTUS overturned the decision in Roe v. Wade: report

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After controversial Supreme Court decision After the abolition of the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, people across the country still have access to emergency contraceptives such as plan B, according to reports.

According to USA Today, people in the US can still buy and access contraceptives. In its concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote, “Reversing Roe’s decision does not mean reversing” precedents surrounding contraceptive eligibility, though Democratic-appointed judges and legal analysts disagree.

Choosing the best emergency contraceptive option depends on several factors: 1) time since unprotected sex, 2) the woman’s weight, 3) if the woman is breastfeeding, 4) cost, and 5) which type is most readily available according to the plan. Parenting.

According to the nonprofit’s website, emergency contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy within 5 days of unprotected sex, which works by preventing sperm from meeting an egg.

There are two ways to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex with an intrauterine device (IUD), which is usually a small T-shaped device. injected into the uterus or an emergency contraceptive pill, also known as the “morning-after pill.”

Holding a copper coil IUD birth control device in hand used for contraception - side view.

Holding a copper coil IUD birth control device in hand used for contraception – side view.
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An IUD, which can be inserted within 5 days of unprotected intercourse, is the most effective emergency contraceptive method, but it may not be possible to make an appointment with a healthcare professional to insert them in time.

IUDs under brand names such as Paragard, Mirena, and Liletta work on both the first and fifth day after unprotected intercourse.

“The Paragard IUD does not contain hormones. Wrapped in a tiny piece of copper, it protects you from pregnancy for up to 12 years,” the Planned Parenthood website says.

“Navy Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta and Skyla use hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy. Progestin is very similar to the hormone progesterone that our bodies naturally produce. Mirena lasts up to 7 years. Kailina works up to 5 years. Liletta works until the age of 7. Skyla works up to 3 years.

There are two types of oral emergency contraceptive pills: ulipristal acetate pills, which come in just one brand name called Ella, and levonorgestrel pills under several brand names, including: Plan B One Step (which is what many refer to as “Plan B ”), Take Action, My Way, Option 2, Preventeza, AfterPill, My Choice, Aftera, and EContra, according to the Planned Parenthood website.

According to USA Today, levonorgestrel is a progestin analogue found in birth control pills, while Ella is a progestin blocker.

Although often referred to as the “morning-after pill”, emergency contraceptive pills can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse, but they are most effective when taken as soon as possible, ideally within 3 days.

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Abortion pill “PiDana by HRA Pharma” in a rumpled bed.
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Levonorgestrel tablets reduce the risk of pregnancy by 75-89% if taken within 3 days, but generics and brand names are equally effective regardless of cost, according to Planned Parenthood.

Levonorgestrel tablets, which can be bought over-the-counter at your local drugstore, pharmacy, or online, but if a woman weighs over 165 pounds, they may not work.

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“It doesn’t matter how old you are, and it doesn’t matter what gender you are. Sometimes the “after-morning” pill is locked up or kept behind the counter, so you may have to ask a pharmacist or salesperson to help you get it…but you don’t need to have a prescription or show your ID,” according to the Planned Parenthood website.

Side effects are uncommon, but sometimes a woman may experience upset stomach, dizziness, complain of breast tenderness for a “short time” after taking the pill, or experience a different menstrual cycle for the next period in accordance with Parenthood Planning.

Ella oral tablets containing ulipristal acetate are the most effective emergency contraceptive pills, but they require a prescription and may not be effective for women who weigh more than 195 pounds.

Ella can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 85% when taken for 5 days, according to Family Planning.

And if a woman is breastfeeding, Plan B and an IUD will not affect breast milk, but breastfeeding mother you will need to “pump and pump” your breast milk within 36 hours of taking Ella.

The usual cost for Plan B is $40 to $50, but in some states, patients can often get free morning pills with many insurance plans, including Medicaid, according to USA Today. However, a prescription is usually required to qualify for health insurance.

Containers of medicine used to terminate early pregnancy are on a table at a family planning clinic in October.  September 29, 2021 in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Containers of medicine used to terminate early pregnancy are on a table at a family planning clinic in October. September 29, 2021 in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
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Dr. Mira Shah, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York, recommends buying one or more morning care pills in advance in case of an emergency.

Some states, however, have “conscience clauses” that allow pharmacists to refuse to write birth control prescriptions if doing so violates their religious or personal beliefs, the news outlet reported.

Emergency contraceptiveslike the IUD and oral pills, “won’t affect an ongoing pregnancy, they prevent it from happening,” Shah told USA Today.

However, some experts are concerned that the dismissal of Roe v. Ultimately, Wade may lead to restrictions that go beyond the right to have an abortion.

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Americans’ right to privacy stems from several parts of the Constitution, “but it evolved from the right to access contraceptives. And out of that, we’ve gained a whole host of sexual privacy rights.” – Anthony Michael Kreis, professor of law at Georgia State University. College of Law, USA Today reported in May.

“So if you unravel one thread in this fabric of doctrine, it could potentially unravel other rights, or at least open them up to more serious attacks.”