You should always have emergency contraception like Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, or i-Pill handy if you're not planning a pregnancy but you might not always be too keen on the expense.
Good news on the financial front. Between a $10 off cupon for Plan B One-Step* from the manufacturer and the i-Pill for only $19.98 on Amazon the cost of a safe afterglow has become a bit more affordable. So, no more excuses, if you plan to have sex go forth and buy the emergency contraceptive pill first.
And since I mentioned emergency contraception, let me clarify a point I made in my last post on Plan B and Next Choice, and Plan B One-Step and i-Pill.
Plan B One-Step and the i-Pill are one-tablet (1.5 mg levonorgestrel) packs. You take the pill as soon as possible after the act of unprotected intercourse, up to 120 hrs (5 days). The sooner you take the pill, the better.
Plan B and Next Choice are two-tablet packs. The instructions tell you to take the first pill as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse up to 72 hours, and the second pill 12 hours later.
In my post I mentioned that you should disregard the instructions and take both pills at the same time (as soon as possible, up to 120 hrs). And why should you do that?
To make it easier on yourself. Research has indicated that both doses can be taken at the same time (one Plan B/Next Choice pill is 0.75 mg levonorgestrel, two are 1.5 mg; Plan B One-Step/i-Pill tablet is 1.5 mg) so, by taking both pills at once, you eliminate the risk of forgetting/something preventing you from taking the second dose 12 hrs later.
*Thank you, Stacey.