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Back up your birth control

March 24, 2010

Here’s a friendly reminder that it’s Back Up Your Birth Control Day!

If you are 18 or older, Plan B (emergency contraception) should be available to you over the counter. It costs between $30-65 (depending also on any prescription coverage you’ve got if you have health insurance), and is effective up to five days after unprotected sex at preventing pregnancy.

If you’re at Carleton, you can get Plan B from the Wellness Center after an appointment with one of the nurses for $13. It may also be available at local clinics (e.g. Planned Parenthood)–take a look at the first link I posted for a list of places to buy Plan B. Remember that male partners can also buy Plan B over the counter or at the Wellness Center, as long as they are over 18 and have an ID.

Back Up Your Birth Control day is also a great time to think about how to make sex as safe as possible, no matter your gender or sexual orientation. Check the expiration date on condoms you have around, and make sure they haven’t been anywhere they can get too hot or too cold (like a wallet or the floor of your car). Make an appointment to get tested for STIs and/or to get a pap smear (if you have a cervix), especially if you have never been screened. If preventing pregnancy is a concern, evaluate your current birth control and learn about other options. Wash your sex toys and replace any that are too yucky (or made of toxic materials!).

Any other suggestions? Leave them in the comments!

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    March 26, 2010 1:11 AM

    These are valuable tips. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Also, a lot of people tend to neglect the cleanliness of their sex toys. Thanks for the reminders.

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