Morning after pills, like Plan B, are technically sold over-the-counter.
That means you could pick them up from a pharmacy just like you could Aspirin or something.
But because of federal law, birth control can't be sold to girls under the age of 17.
Girls 16 and younger need a prescription.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that pediatricians routinely talk to their teen patients about emergency birth control and to write them prescriptions for morning-after pills.
So then if a girl does have sex, and regular birth control does fail (exploding condoms), she'll be able to get her pills right away.
Morning-after pills can work up to 120 hours after sex but they work best if taken within the first 24 hours.
"Studies have shown that adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it has been prescribed in advance of need. However, a majority of practicing pediatricians and pediatric residents do not routinely counsel patients about emergency contraception and have not prescribed it."
So c'mon, docs!
Let's get those prescriptions into the hands of those girls!
It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
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