AfterPill Brand Offers Affordable EC via Mail
December 16, 2014
Emergency contraception (EC), which can be taken to reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, is now available online for a cheaper price than what you would get at your local pharmacy. AfterPill, a generic version of Plan B One-Step emergency contraception sold online, offers one dose of emergency contraception for $20 with an additional $5 flat rate fee for shipping, making it $25 for one dose. Meanwhile, Plan B One-Step, which is now available over-the-counter for purchase by anyone of any age, costs on average about $48 a box without a coupon.
Purchasing EC over the counter can sometimes be difficult. It might be hard to find the money to buy it or teens might fear being judged at the pharmacy counter. AfterPill is an affordable and discreet alternative, and we should really be using this to our advantage. If you don’t have a debit card to buy it online, you could have someone you trust buy it online for you. Condoms break and you may forget to take your birth control pill once or twice, and that’s scary. Therefore, it’s good to have EC as a backup, just in case it happens.
The biggest downside to the AfterPill is the wait. The pill can take up to a week to get to your house. EC can be taken up to 5 days after the risk for pregnancy, but for AfterPill and Plan B One-Step the sooner it’s taken, the more effective it will be. That’s why it’s suggested that people should plan ahead and keep emergency contraception on hand. Since AfterPill comes in an unmarked box, you don’t even have to worry about anyone’s judgment―not even the mailman. You can have peace of mind without spending too much for something you really need.