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  •  So in The Cases of These "Plan B" Formulations (5+ / 0-)

    they're really "Plan A" birth control pills?  Must they also act in other ways to prevent pregnancy, otherwise, would they be very effective Plan B pills?

    Since a woman doesn't know the instant she ovulates, obviously Plan B pills should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex/rape in the hopes that she hasn't popped off an egg that lingering sperm would find attractive.

    Still, orthodox Catholics remain opposed to all birth control other than that musical one.  Protestant fundies will be foaming at the mouth though, and will no doubt deny the science of the manufacturers who know how their formulations work.

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    by Limelite on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:22:11 AM PST

    •  Does the Catholic Church forbid vasectomies? (0+ / 0-)

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:00:33 PM PST

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    •  Plan B is only effective before ovulation. (0+ / 0-)

      That's part of how those of us who read up on this stuff have known for years that it doesn't have any effect on implantation. A research team had done a very well-designed series of studies, from tissue to rats to monkeys to humans, that demonstrated how taking this medication after ovulation resulted in exactly as many pregnancies as would have occurred with no contraception at all.

      This is part of why it's called Plan B. The idea is that ideally one would have a more effective Plan A in place; this is what you use if something goes awry with Plan A. Besides, Plan B is relatively expensive, causes nausea for most women, and really throws off the menstrual cycle. This is no one's idea of a good time.

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