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Emergency Contraceptive.

(And no, I don't need any, thanks for asking. I'm a planner by nature.)

“Women of reproductive age should get an advance prescription for emergency contraception to keep in case they ever need it, the nation's largest gynecologist group advised Monday.”

I don't think this will help any in the debate.

1) There's the obvious “if you can plan well enough in advance to have a prescription laying around, simply go to the store beforehand and BUY SOME CONDOMS” aspect of it

2) If I were a doctor, I would hesitate to give a prescription out to a woman whose general health could change and affect whether or not I would recommend that prescription for her.

3) If I were a doctor, I would be scared poo-less that the prescription would be filled and used on another person.

4) If I were a doctor or pharmacist, I would be concerned that, if it were filled many months prior to use, instructions would be forgotten or not followed precisely, leading to unintended side effects.

I understand the underlying premise – that it is a very time-sensitive prescription, and many women would be riding on the edge of it's efficacy if they waited until Monday to see their regular doctor for it. A better approach, IMHO, would be to have one of the on-call docs willing to call the script in to a pharmacy during the weekend, with a follow-up visit that Monday.

(And of course, this is excluding issues of rape/incest/etc. where emergency contraceptive is desperately needed, fast, whether or not it comes from the primary GYN.)



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