Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
I’m going to play my role by reminding 17-year-olds that, as of several weeks ago, Plan B, the pregnancy prevention pill, was approved for them to purchase without a prescription. (It is also approved for anyone 18 or older.) What that means is that you can buy it without a doctor visit at your local pharmacy. Just walk in and ask for it. Easy as that.
Plan B is not an abortion pill — it works by preventing pregnancy in the first place, and it needs to be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, and the earlier the better. It will NOT terminate an existing pregnancy. It’s not a substitute for birth control and it will not prevent STDs, but, if you think you may become pregnant and you don’t want to be pregnant, you can get this pill at your local pharmacy for around $50.
If you’re under 17, you can still get Plan B with a prescription from your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor or you can’t pay for a doctor visit, you can go to your local Planned Parenthood or free clinic and talk to them about a prescription and options for reduced payment.
You can read more about Plan B on their website. Get the facts and tell your friends.