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A CDC Study Shows More Women Are Using The Morning After Pill

2:37 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the morning-after pill is becoming more popular - despite 93 percent of participants' sexual partners using condoms.

Since 2002, there has been a 7 percent increase in the use of the morning-after pill.  The study found about 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill.

The study was composed of 12,000 interviews from 2006 to 2010. Females in the survey ranged in age from 15 to 44.

So why has the morning-after pill more than doubled in use?

AP reports, "The increased popularity is probably because it is easier to get now and because of media coverage of controversial efforts to lift the age limit for over-the-counter sales, experts said."

And there certainly has been media coverage and controversy with schools advocating for morning-after pill implementation.  New York City's Department of Education began a pilot program at 13 of the city's high schools that offered students the morning-after pill.

Who's most likely to use the morning-after pill?

Not surprising to Princeton University researcher, James Trussell, it's actually white woman and more educated woman.

The morning-after pill, also known as "Plan B," is essentially an emergency birth control pill. It's a high dosage pill that prevents ovulation. It can be taken up to 72 hours after sex, but it's best used right away.

But those under 17 still need a prescription.

However, if you have a prescription, at any age, the new Affordable Care Act promises to cover morning-after pills.  That means no co-pay.  

The study's lead author, Kimberly Daniels, says it was the CDC's first comprehensive study on the issue.