2006_11_health_morningafter.jpgWhat better way to ring in the election results two days ago than with tons of the same irresponsible sex that folks in those pesky Red States point to as destroying this fine country? And in order to prevent any annoying pregnancy from getting in the way of all of that reveling, the over-the-counter version of the "morning after" pill will be available in our own city very soon. If taken within 72 hours after sex, the pill should aid in preventing pregnancy and will be available to women over the age of 18 without a prescription. Teenagers and kids deciding to knock boots will still need a doctor's script to get their hands on one. Pharmacies can definitely choose (for some reason) not to carry the medication, but must display a sign stating so.

The pill was originally available in 1999 in a prescription-only form. It essentially works by delivering a higher dose of progesterone than is found in daily birth control pills - thereby preventing ovulation, fertilization, and/or implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Possible side effects include allergic reactions to the ingredients and a potential increase in menstrual bleeding.

And (unlike what we posted earlier) because there ISN'T any estrogen in the Plan B bill, it does NOT need to be avoided by women who are over the age of 35 who smoke and does not increase the incidence of blood clots the way other birth control pills can. But like all OCPs, the morning-after pill is obviously not protective against STDs and other precautions should be taken.

Please see your doctor if you have more questions and celebrate early and often!

Full information on Plan B is available here.