11% of Women Who Have Sex Used Morning-After Pill
5.8M have taken pill at least once: federal analysis
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 8:59 AM CST
This frame grab from video shows a box of Plan B, the "morning after pill."   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The use of so-called morning-after pills in the US is on the rise, a new report finds, with 11% of sexually active women between 15 and 44 saying they've used such a pill at least once. That's 5.8 million women, USA Today reports. And the New York Times reports that usage has taken quite the jump, from just 4% in 2002; the latest numbers are from 2006 to 2010 data. Of those who have used Plan B or similar emergency contraception, half were worried their regular birth control failed, and the other half had not used birth control.

The numbers are even higher for women in their early 20s: Nearly one-quarter of those who've had sex at least once have used emergency contraception. When it comes to regular contraception, 99% of sexually active women between 15 and 44 have used it, and that number is not much different for sexually active Catholic women: 98.6% have used it at least once. The Times predicts the report will "likely to add to the public debate" as President Obama and the Catholic Church continue to wrangle over ObamaCare's birth control rules.

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Feb 14, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Why take a chance?
Feb 14, 2013 12:22 PM CST
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking levonorgestrel (the active ingredient contained in Plan B) hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have severe pain in your lower stomach or side. This could be a sign of a tubal pregnancy Applies to levonorgestrel: intrauteral device, oral tablet, subcutaneous implant Cardiovascular Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension. Dermatologic Dermatologic side effects have included acne and other skin disorders. Gastrointestinal Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Genitourinary Genitourinary side effects have included leukorrhea, vaginitis, dysmenorrhea, breast pain, abnormal pap smear and decreased libido. Very common adverse reactions (greater than 1 in 10 users) include uterine/vaginal bleeding (including spotting, irregular bleeding, heavy bleeding, oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea) and ovarian cysts. Nervous system Nervous system side effects have included headache, dizziness and nervousness. Respiratory Respiratory side effects have included upper respiratory infection and sinusitis. General General side effects have included weight gain and fatigue. Psychiatric Psychiatric side effects have included depression. Musculoskeletal Musculoskeletal side effects have included back pain. Other Other side effects have included postmarketing reports of device breakage and angioedema. (Maybe only take it when your fairly sure, and not so much on a whim.)
Feb 14, 2013 9:50 AM CST
Another pointless study. At least it wasn't done with tax payer money.