Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Education Key If Morning After Pill Becomes Over-The-Counter

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – U.S. health officials may soon make the “morning after” pill available over the counter and that could lead to a lot of sleepless nights for gynecologists.

That’s the word from Dr. Jennifer Wu, OBGYN at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, who says that while it’s good the “morning after” pill could be made available for women, it’s only a “plan B,” not a line of first defense.

In her words, “You can’t use this pill every day. I prescribe it as a last resort for my patients who are using condoms.”

Also, she says having the “morning after” pill available on the market will help women who have no health coverage.

However, the success rate of the pill will depend greatly on when it’s taken. Wu worries about women who might wait a few days after sex to take it because it needs to be taken within 72 hours of having sex for maximum effect.

Wu says once the OTC approval comes, drug companies will spend millions to advertise the “morning after” pill. She hopes they save her a lot of headaches by using some of the money to educate the public on when and how the pill should be used.

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