Today marks the eighth annual Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action, sponsored by the National Institute for Reproductive Health. It’s a day to raise awareness about the safety and availability of emergency contraception.
Sometimes referred to as the “morning-after pill,” EC is a higher dosage of the same hormones found in many birth control pills. Taken within 120 hours after sex, they are safe and effective for preventing pregnancy.
Coincidentally, EC has been a top news story this week due to a judge’s ruling making over-the-counter sales of Plan B (the brand name for FDA-approved emergency contraception) available to women as young as 17.