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8 Things Women Should Know Before Taking Emergency Contraception

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Each year, 750,000 teens are getting pregnant. Often teens aren’t educated or equipped when having to handle the result of having unprotected sex. Out of every 10 teen girls, three will get pregnant before turning 20, according to DoSomething.org.

The United States has one of the highest pregnancy rates in the world and nearly 50 percent of teenage mothers never graduate from high school. These are staggering statistics.

Young women often turn to emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) when a mishap occurs (condom breaking, missed pills or failure to use a birth control method).

Many young women have a family member or older adult they can turn to for advice. Some are able to talk to their doctors but for others, the Internet is their only source for information about an unwanted pregnancy.

It is my hope to provide information that can help when a possible unplanned pregnancy occurs.

Check out these eight things young women should know about emergency contraception before taking it.

1) What is Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraceptive pills otherwise known as ECPs are medication you can take if you had unprotected sex and are fearful of getting pregnant, or if your regular birth control method failed and there’s a chance for an unwanted pregnancy. In essence this is the same medication found in regular birth control pills, just at a higher dose.

2) Is it approved by the FDA?

The use of emergency contraception is considered safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration.

3) Where do I get it?

The law currently allows anyone of any age to get ECPs without first seeing a health care provider.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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