Almost 1 Million Acts of Unprotected Sex Take Place in the U.S. Each Night
Women Need to Take Control and Act Quickly
NEW YORK, Ny., November 11, 2010 - Behind this statistic lies one of the best kept secrets in women’s health. Plan B One-Step™ (levonorgestrel) tablet, 1.5mg, the only one-pill FDA- approved emergency contraception available without a prescription to those 17 and older is available nationwide, yet studies show that many women are still unaware or lack an understanding of how Plan B One-Step™ works and when to use it.
“Plan B One-Step™ is making a difference, but there is still confusion among women about emergency contraception,” said Anne Davis, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center. “Waiting to take emergency contraception should not be an option because the sooner you take it, the better it works.”
Consisting of one tablet containing 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel, an active contraceptive ingredient in many birth control pills, Plan B One-Step™ works as do other oral contraceptives – by preventing ovulation or fertilization. It’s important to know that, Plan B One-Step™ will not work if a woman is already pregnant.
Plan B One-Step™ should be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of intercourse. When taken as directed, Plan B One-Step™ has been shown to reduce the risk of pregnancy by 84 percent.
“Overall, it has been estimated that the widespread use of emergency contraception in the United States could prevent 1.7 million unintended pregnancies each year,” added Dr. Davis.
How to Prevent Pregnancy After Intercourse
It is possible to prevent pregnancy after intercourse because conception can occur several days after sexual activity. Plan B One-Step™ will not work if a woman is already pregnant. There is no evidence that it will harm a pregnant woman or a developing fetus.
Important Safety Information
Plan B One-Step™ (levonorgestrel) is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse.
Plan B One-Step™ isn't effective if you're already pregnant, and it won't terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B One-Step™ does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. You should not take Plan B One-Step™ if you are already pregnant. Plan B One-Step™ should not be used as a routine birth control, as it is not as effective. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical help.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see full product information enclosed. Important product information is available on www.PlanBOneStep.com, by calling 1-800-330-1271, or by speaking to your pharmacist.
Plan B One-Step™ is a trademark of Women’s Capital Corporation.
©2010 Teva Women’s Health, Inc.
About Teva Women’s Health, Inc.
Teva Women’s Health, Inc., which develops and markets proprietary pharmaceutical products in North America, focuses primarily on products for women and emphasizes the development and marketing of products for reproductive and menopausal needs. Teva Women’s Health, Inc. is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the leading generic pharmaceutical company. The company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Over 80 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Western Europe.
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