I'm not sure why a 5 year old would want it, but have you heard about this ruling?

A federal judge ruled Friday that the morning-after pill, known by its brand name of Plan B, should be available without a prescription or any age or point-of-sale restrictions within 30 days. (source)

With the drug having become available over the counter, the judge ruled that the FDA had overstepped it's mandate, which had only to do with determining the safety of drugs. They have no mandate to set age limits or set standards for the sale of safe drugs.

Anyway, the question here is directed at the parents among us, and especially those with children at or approaching an age when sexual activity potentially begins. Do you have any mixed feelings about this? Do you feel that up to a certain age (16? 18?) children should at least have to see a physician before obtaining them? Not to talk them out of abortion but at least to discuss the medical issues (potential exposure to STD's, side effects, etc.).

Please identify yourself as a non-parent when you comment, if that is the case.

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Parent here: This drug should not be available OTC. There ARE potential risks and side effects that should be advised. A physician needs to inform patients before consumption of these risks. I wouldn't be surprised if there ends up being a recall in a couple of years (like we saw with Yasmin) more women need to be informed of how to prevent pregnancy themselves by knowing when they can get pregnant. It's REALLY simple.

Really simple?

RE: "more women need to be informed of how to prevent pregnancy themselves by knowing when they can get pregnant." - considering the birthrate within predominantly Catholic countries who employ the "rhythm method," such as Mexico, I wouldn't say that has worked out so well --

My thoughts exactly.

I'm a rhythm baby...doesn't mean I can dance, only that the "rhythm method" does not work.

Actually, not having any rhythm makes sex far less enjoyable, not to mention less effective in producing babies.

ba dum bum ching!

There are many drugs available OTC that aren't suitable for young children, yet people don't seem to be as worried about them as they are about this one. Why is that?

I think it's pretty obvious that pubescent children don't discuss their first experimentation with sex with their parents, so wouldn't it be better to have a method available for when these kids make their inevitable mistakes to prevent pregnancy that they can access on their own? Make them discuss it with others before making Plan B available will just keep them from seeking it out until it's too late, and you'll have done nothing to reduce teenage pregnancy.

Yah? And enabling a teenager to hide from their parents even more than they already are is a real winner. Let's prevent a baby but do NOTHING to warn against the pill's danger of infertility later in life. (Or STD's) We'll really be preventing pregnancy alright. And while we're at it we may as well designate a place where teens can get dank and coke. They're going to need it for their night out. May as well throw in a free hotel room. They need to be comfortable. Their parents won't find out right? It's a personal choice.


I wonder how many teenage girls end up in hospital because of trying to self induce an abortion. When I was 14 there were girls my age having abortions without parental consent. Maybe these pills just prevent the need for a more invasive procedure 12 weeks down the track.

If I had have become pregnant at 14 I would not have told my parents. But - I do think that my daughter would tell me.

No side-effect is as bad as the side-effect of sex: children.

There are many drugs available OTC that aren't suitable for young children, yet people don't seem to be as worried about them as they are about this one. Why is that?

Side Effects of Plan B or Plan B One-Step

Many women have taken emergency contraception without serious complications. But it's a good idea to ask your doctor about possible interactions with other medications.

Plan B or Plan B One-Step is considered safe for most women. You should not take it if you are pregnant; at this time, there is limited data on the safety of taking Plan B or Plan B One-Step while pregnant.

Potential side effects of Plan B or Plan B One-Step include:

  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • menstrual changes
  • dizziness
  • breast tenderness
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Plan B or Plan B One-Step causes less nausea and vomiting than ECPs that contain both estrogen and progestin. And, you may be able to reduce any nausea or vomiting by taking the pill on a full stomach. Eating small, frequent meals over 24 hours may also help.

With Plan B or Plan B One-Step, you may also have some unexpected bleeding. It should go away by the time of your next period. However, it is possible that Plan B or Plan B One-Step may cause your next period to be heavier or lighter than usual. It may also come earlier or later than is normal for you. If you don't get your period within three weeks, get a pregnancy test to make sure you're not pregnant.


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