This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. Now new advancements in birth control helps women take more power over their bodies.

The Plan B pill, a one-step emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women 17 years of age or older that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent unwanted pregnancies might have competition. The FDA is studying the EllaOne pill for approval in the United States. The pill widely known in Europe is effective for preventing pregnancy for up to 120 hours after unprotected sex, that is 5 days to be exact.

Reportedly, clinical trails of both Plan B and Ella shows Ella prevented twice as many unwanted pregnancies as Plan B. In FDA documents released before an public meeting on the drug scheduled for Thursday, staff reviewers confirm the EllaOne pill is both effective and safe.

According to the Huffington Post’s Dr. Christiane Northrup, a board-certified OB/GYN, the approval of the Ella in the U.S. is a step in the right direction for women. More contraceptive options like Ella, a pill allowing women 2 additional days to prevent unwanted pregnancies can be effective in decreasing the number of unplanned pregnancies which is currently at 50 percent. Dr. Northrup suggests the advancement of bill control efforts gives women “full dominion over her fertility.”


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  • Alexandra

    There are lots of unwanted pregnancies happening in the US. Especially in low-income areas. I would see this pill as something very important for women that live in poorer areas(an others). They are the ones having the most babies. But I doubt it wiill get to the people that really need it.

    Any who; it sounds like a good idea.

    • rugglebyc

      Why do people contantly equate being poor with being unwanted? Many low income women want their babies, the problem is that they don’t have the means to properly support them. The idea that poor women (young women, black women, etc.) have too many baies borders on eugenics.

    • Brittany

      I agree/ Plus the Plan B pill is like $5-, god knows how much Ells is going to cost. I really think that this pill is a good idea but I agree that the poorer women, who really need this pill, won’t be able to afford this opportunity.

  • Terri

    I have always felt that if you make a bed, you lie in it. This is just another way to escape the hole that YOU got yourself in. If it a child was conceived it was meant to be conceived. It wasn’t a fluke or a mistake, look at the millions of women that can’t have children and tell them that. So when this pill messes up your insides and you can’t have kids or gives you cancer or some other disease and realize you brought Death to you. You killed your child and you killed yourself in the process. They may tell you the one benefit but not the million other drawbacks.

    If you don’t want the child then fine give it to someone who does want and does deserve it. It will go better for you and your conscience and most importantly the possible child.

    • Tiffany W.

      I really want to reply to you Terri, but I’m just so exhausted with the abortion debate, it’s ridiculous. We should just mind our own follicles and our own uteri. People who are against abortion are also against welfare and probably don’t adopt either. When the kid they fought so hard to keep alive is hungry, it’s a problem now. It’s not their kid, it’s not their problem.

      The pill, fantastic idea for me.

    • Using emergency contraception isn’t deciding you don’t want the baby. At the time you take the pill (whether that be 72 or 120 hours after sex), you don’t know that you’re pregnant.
      You take the pill because you made a mistake, your birth control failed, or maybe you were forced to have unprotected sex against your will. In any situation, it’s better to not get pregnant at all if you’re not ready. One would think that most anti-choicers would be good with that since it prevents the situation from progressing to a point where abortion is even a question. If you call that escaping the hole, well what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with covering your tracks before things get out of hand and more serious?

      I tire of folks always deferring to adoption as an answer. Adoption is not an alternative to abortion, it’s an alternative to birth. One still must go through a pregnancy and then the knowledge that their child is out there somewhere with no assurance of that they were adopted into a good family or adopted at all.

      Would it be crazy to assume you take no pharmaceuticals at all if you’re so concerned about side effects and “lies.” In that case, your beef isn’t with EC specifically, but BigPharma.

    • Miss Jae

      “We should just mind our own follicles and our own uteri.”

      *Dead @ Tiffany*…The “Mind Your Own Follicles” article was reallyyyy good though!

    • fraulein17

      @terri to a degree i agree with you. i believe that the more “super fix it” contraceptives we have like this the more reckless people will get. i mean its a good idea but at the same time it would be better if they promote NOT needing an emergency contraceptive… anyone understand me?

      i totally agree with the “you made your bed now lie in it” notion though. we already have enough promiscous men and women doing everything with everybody and saying “well i used a condom” LOL smh as if that actually means something. how about not be stupid like that AT ALL?

  • Chana

    The only issue I have with this article is that the words “terminate” and “prevent” are used interchangeably. From what I understand, Plan B and Ella prevent pregnancies, thus the drugs are methods of contraception. Saying… “to terminate unwanted pregnancy” is misleading because supposedly the drugs prevent pregnancy in the first place. I think it is important to understand the difference between the abortion pill (RU-486) and emergency contraception. Emergency contraception will only work if you are NOT pregnant.

    • Excellent point, Chana. Neither Plan B, EllaOne or Next Choice (another brand of EC) are abortifacients. I think it’s important to make that distinction.

    • You are right. The EllaOne pill is not the “abortion pill.” Our editors made the distinction.


  • educated

    This sounds like whats causing cancer???? I d pass on this!