Tomorrow is national Back Up Your Birth Control Day. It’s a good time to really consider what you would do if your birth control failed (or, if you have no birth control). Here’s a handy fact sheet (PDF) about EC (emergency contraceptives) and how they can be a part of your birth control plan.
It’s important to consider the “what ifs” in life, like protecting yourself from STDs and from unintended pregnancies. According to the Guttmacher Institute, by age 45, more than half of all American women will have had an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion. Our country’s unintended pregnancy rate is much higher than that of other developed countries with poor women having the highest rates of any demographic, according to the same report. And don’t think we get off easy here, Nevada. The South and Southwest regions have the highest rates of unintended pregnancies with Nevada rated as one of the top five states for unintended pregnancies in 2006.
So why not take matters into your own hands? Get yourself some EC! It’s available without a prescription to anyone ages 17 and older. There’s never been a better time to be prepared.