Since, even from the depths of my work-cave, I was constantly hearing messages about the attacks on Planned Parenthood going through the US House of Representatives, and the zillions of bills aimed at chipping away at Roe, one thing that I put on my calendar was the 10th observation of Back Up your Birth Control Day, sponsored by the National Institute of Reproductive Health.
It’s hard to believe that EC (AKA Emergency Contraception, AKA The Morning After Pill) is at least ten years old. Though I’ve never had occasion to take it myself–well, not since it became available (but hoo-doggie, I know a 19-year-old Dork who would have spent half her National Merit Scholarship money for it)–I always checked to see if it were available at drugstores in my neighborhood, and I’ve on occasion donated money to EC funds for women in need.
If you are an XX having PIV with an XY, you need to know about EC. We all know that condoms can break, or come off inside you (OMG HORROR), that oral contraceptives require careful scheduling and can be rendered ineffective in combination with other drugs (like antibiotics), that sometimes people make bad decisions about contraception, and that some women are just really, really fertile, even if they wish they weren’t. Half of all pregnancies aren’t planned. EC prevents pregnancy, after sex. It is not an abortifacient. If you’re worried about your safe sex practices maybe not being as safe as you’d like, you can take EC.
If you’re not familiar with the kinds of EC available or how they work, let me direct you here for some solid, basic information.
If you are familiar–because you’ve taken it–I would love if you would share your story in comments. Was it hard to find? Was it expensive? Did you experience side-effects?
Whether or not you’re familiar: educate yourself and the women and men that you love–dudes can buy EC, too!–and at least check and see if your pharmacy carries EC, so you know where you go if/when you need it. (If they don’t? Maybe consider changing pharmacies.) Connect with Back Up Your Birth Control on Facebook. You can also always donate your time and money to PP, NARAL, or many of the other organizations that are helping women keep themselves safe and sexually healthy.
Hump happy, my sisters. Make a Plan. Back it Up.