Photo of an emergency contraception pill in its packaging.
Abortion, Contraception, Drugs, Women's Health

Emergency contraception is often confused with abortion pills – here’s how Plan B and other generic versions work to prevent pregnancy

There are two types of emergency contraception pills. The most widely known is levonorgestrel, which is sold in the U.S. under the brand name Plan B, along with numerous generic versions. The second type of emergency contraception pill is ulipristal acetate, which is sold under the brand name ella. Both Plan B and ella work by delaying ovulation

Graph showing percentage of women of women on oral contraceptives who will become pregnant in a year
Contraception, Contraceptives, Pregnancy, Women's Health

Post-‘Roe,’ Contraceptive Failures Carry Bigger Stakes

The failure rate for typical use of birth control pills is 7%. For every million women taking pills, 70,000 unplanned pregnancies could occur in a year. According to the most recent data available, more than 6.5 million women ages 15 to 49 use oral contraceptives, leading to about 460,000 unplanned pregnancies. Even seemingly minuscule failure rates of IUDs and birth control implants can lead to surprises.Even seemingly minuscule failure rates of IUDs and birth control implants can lead to surprises. Some 4.8 million women use IUDs or implants in the U.S., leading to as many as 5,000 to 20,000 unplanned pregnancies a year.

Picture of an intrauterine device used for contraception
Abortion, Contraception, Politics, Women's Health

Birth Control Limits to Follow Abortion Bans?

Many advocates on reproductive health issues think U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade will further fuel some conservatives’ efforts to limit access to birth control. Although Alito specifically said in the draft that the ruling would not pertain to other rights courts also grounded in privacy, activists worry opponents will marshal his argument on privacy to attack birth control or gay marriage, for example.