Let’s be honest here — nobody wants to take Plan B. Plan B is totally the “Oh my gosh, something else failed, we need a backup to make sure the wonderful time we just had doesn’t end in a pregnancy we’re not ready for” option. Hence, why it’s called Plan B.
Usually going to a pharmacy at 7:00 PM, with the hopes that the pharmacist isn’t weirdly judgmental, really destroys the mood of the day entirely. But of course, women who choose to be sexually active (and on-board with birth control) really love the fact that in a pinch, it’s there.
First, the good news:Plan B has roughly an 89% chance of preventing pregnancy if it’s taken 72 hours after you have unprotected (or, poorly protected) sex. If you take it within 24 hours, even better.
Now, the bad news:As it turns out, women with higher BMIs might not be protected quite as well.
Back in 2013, makers of the drug actually put out a warning that women over 165 pounds would have reduced prevention, and women over 175 pounds might not even want to bother taking it — which, really? It seems like that disqualifies an overwhelming majority of women. Studies since have said that taking it would still probably be better than not taking it. Still, those aren’t things we really want to hear, especially since most of us are already panicked when picking it up.
So, uh… what do you do now, if you fit that category and an emergency happens?
That’s where the emergency IUD comes in.
It sounds a little crazy, but if inserted five days after unprotected sex, there’s a 99.9% chance that sperm will be super confused, and fail to meet the egg. Of course, the one negative is price. Planned Parenthood, an organization that works on a sliding scale when it comes to billing, estimates that the emergency IUD will cost anywhere between nothing, and $900. So, quite the range there. (Then again, the IUD is good for up to 12 years, so. Might be worth it.)
Of course, the absolute best thing to do is think of a game plan just in case of emergency, prior to the sexy event taking place. Of course, abstinence is the only way to avoid accidental pregnancy for sure, but if the time is right, and you’re comfortable with the idea of having sex, it’s important to know all of your options and consider doubling up on methods. You’ll definitely want to chat with your gynecologist to discuss what’s right for you.