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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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