Last Sunday, there were many happy people – especially mothers – celebrating Mother’s Day.
Now that’s it over, how do you make sure you aren’t on the receiving end of a “Happy Mother’s Day!” greeting next year? How do you remain kid-free? We don’t all want kids. Or, if we do, we don’t necessarily want them right now.
Assuming you’ve got a good contraception game plan (see Contraceptives for more), it ‘s good to know you can skip down to your corner drug store and get yourself some Emergency Contraception – that’s EC for short also called “the morning after pill” – if the condom busts or whatever…
Yep. No need to shell out money for a doctor’s visit, let alone taking off from work for a prescription you might not even be able to get in time. The new US law requiring pharmacists to sell Emergency Contraception without a prescription to girls 15 and older went into effect last April. Just make sure you take your Next Choice One Dose, Plan B, Ella, or whatever brand you chose within 72 hours of the deed. Five EC brands are available in the US. Other countries may have a larger or smaller choice of brands.
Ella – approved for use up to 5 days after unprotected sex – is the most effective of the EC pills but may be a little more expensive. And, ladies, EC is not an abortion. EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. Until the egg is attached to the womb, you are not pregnant. You can also have an IUD inserted if you can get an appointment in time and shell out the dough ($400 – $1,000), if you don’t have insurance.
On a more sobering note, getting an abortion is getting tougher in the US. Months after Roe vs Wade marked its 40th anniversary, more states are putting in restrictive laws. But, one in 3 women in the US will have an abortion in her lifetime. And, women of color are more likely to have an abortion than white women. But, we’re very unlikely to tell our stories. A piece in Ebony exposes the problem eloquently.
Statistics show making abortion illegal or legal has no effect on the total number of abortions performed in the world. But, legalizing abortion dramatically reduces the likelihood a woman will die or have serious medical complications from an abortion. About half of all pregnancies that occur in a year are unwanted, and nearly half of these women chose to terminate their pregnancy. Around the world, 42 million women choose to terminate their pregnancy each year with close to half of those (20 million) being illegal.
Wishing you another kid-free Mother’s Day – if that’s your choice!