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Busted: 5 common myths about emergency contraception

(BPT) - There are a lot of myths associated with emergency contraception. Whether you experience birth control failure or have unprotected sex, it’s important to be informed on your options, like Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it's taken, the better it works. Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

To help separate truth from fiction, read the following real information behind five myths about emergency contraception.

1. Myth: “I forgot my pill, but I don’t need emergency contraception”

Truth: Emergency contraception like Plan B One-Step is used as a backup method for birth control and can be used if a woman makes a mistake with her regular birth control method (e.g., she forgot her pill), a woman’s regular birth control fails (e.g., a partner's condom broke or slipped) or a woman doesn’t use any birth control method. Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

2. Myth: “Only single, ‘party' girls use emergency contraception”

Truth: There isn’t one “type” of woman who uses Plan B One-Step. Birth control failure or unprotected sex can happen to anyone, whether they’re in a casual or serious relationship, which is why it’s important to be informed on your options. Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

3. Myth: “If I take over-the-counter emergency contraception, I could be protected for future sexual encounters”

Truth: A rapid return of fertility is likely after using Plan B One-Step as directed. Women should resume their regular method of birth control — or start one, if they don’t have a regular method — right away, since Plan B One-Step does not protect against additional acts of unprotected sex or birth control failure. Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

4. Myth: “You must be at least 18 years old to purchase over-the-counter emergency contraception”

Truth: Plan B One-Step is the first FDA-approved emergency contraception to be available over-the-counter. No prescription or ID is required, there is no age restriction and anyone can purchase it! It can usually be found in the family planning aisle at many retail stores. Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

5. Myth: “Over-the-counter emergency contraception can replace my regular method of birth control”

Truth: Plan B One-Step should not be taken as regular birth control. Plan B One-Step is not as effective as using a regular birth control method correctly and consistently. It is a backup method to be used after birth control failure or unprotected sex. If a woman has unprotected sex after taking Plan B One-Step, it will not prevent her from getting pregnant. Plan B One-Step should be used as directed.

For more information about Plan B One-Step visit PlanBOneStep.com!

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