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Recent research suggests that women could use Plan B to protect themselves from pregnancy, not only in the seventy-two hours following unprotected sex, but also when taken before the act as preventative birth control. A survey of fifteen studies, involving 8,400 people, found that only five percent of women taking Plan B around the time that they engaged in sex became pregnant over the course of one year, compared to sixteen percent of women relying on condoms.
Because of the controversy surrounding Plan B becoming available OTC, and its false association with "the abortion pill," it's unlikely that individuals will immediately seize upon this data and promote the medication for non-emergency use. But it's important information for women to have. If you, like me, are opposed to taking daily hormonal contraception, this is another option to avoid unwanted pregnancy.