Saturday, March 26, 2011

Back Up Your Birth Control - National Day of Action March 30th 2011 - Happy 10th Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Back Up Your Birth Control campaign. Back Up Your Birth Control is a national campaign to increase access to emergency contraception through public education and awareness. The campaign is put forth by the National Institute for Reproductive Health.

Here are some facts listed on the website.

Sometimes referred to as the “morning after pill,” emergency contraception (EC) is a method of birth control that can prevent pregnancy after sex.

EC can be used if you had unprotected sex in the past 5 days. You can use EC if:

  • you didn’t use birth control
  • you were late with your regular method
  • the condom broke
  • you were forced to have unprotected sex


EC is a safe and effective method of birth control that can prevent pregnancy after sex. EC is not the abortion pill. It will not work if you are already pregnant. It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections or HIV/AIDS.


EC can prevent pregnancy by delaying or inhibiting ovulation. It may also inhibit fertilization.

There are three brands of EC (Plan B® One-Step, Next Choice®, and ella®) approved for pregnancy prevention:

There are several options for emergency contraception available. It is important to take action as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Understand your options and take the method that’s best for you.

° You do not need an existing prescription to order ella® online. Each patient must complete their own online diagnostic medical assessment. The physician reviewing your medical assessment, as well as the pharmacist filling your prescription, may contact you for additional information and/or decline your request for a prescription based on the information you provide. KwikMed does not charge for its online medical consultation. The online pharmacy cannot ship ella® to North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oregon.

As a prescription medication, costs can vary based on reimbursement from private insurers and/or Medicaid.

∆While the efficacy of Plan B® One-Step and Next Choice® declines over time, the efficacy of ella® does not (up to 120 hours). Research suggests that ella® is more effective than Plan B® One-Step or Next Choice®. Visit the Emergency Contraception website for more information on efficacy.

To order materials which include brochures, wallet cards and more, click here.

The website also offers e-cards that you can send to others. Visit the website and you can create e-cards of your own.

To find Back Up Your Birth Control on Facebook click here.

Educate yourself and others by checking out the information here and on the site.

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