I hope everyone is back in their hometowns for Thanksgiving, nestled safely in the bosoms of the ladies who birthed them, because I come bearing some fucked all the way up news that will make you hate being an adult even harder than remember what it’s like to have someone cook for you: The Plan-B emergency contraceptive, aka the morning-after pill, doesn’t work for women over 176 pounds. And it, like, maybe kinda almost sometimes works for women over 165 pounds.
The average American woman, by the way, weighs 166 pounds.
“The European manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive pill identical to Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, will warn women that the drug is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of the European drug, Norlevo, is changing its packaging information to reflect the weight limits.
Other pills sold in the United States require a prescription, are less effective at preventing pregnancy, or cause side effects such as nausea or vomiting. Plan B One-Step, which retails for $50, is the only emergency contraceptive drug in the United States available to women of all ages without a prescription.” – Mother Jones
Because it’s not enough to have to fight endlessly for access to contraception; we now have to worry about it’s efficacy once we get our hands on it.