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The Morning-After Pill Doesn’t Work For Women Over 176 Pounds

By / 11.25.13

 Some of the most popular emergency contraceptive pills sold over-the-counter in the United States—including the one-pill drugs Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, and My Way, and a number of generic two-pill emergency contraceptives—have a dosage and chemical makeup identical to the European drug. Weight data from the Centers for Disease Control suggests that at 166 pounds, the average American woman is too heavy to use these pills effectively.

Emergency contraception advocates reacted to the news about Norlevo with dismay. “There's a whole swath of American women for whom [these pills] are not effective,” says James Trussell, a professor of public affairs at Princeton University and a senior fellow with the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank for reproductive health issues.

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Data for the years 2007 to 2010 show the average weight of American women 20 years and older is 166.2 pounds—above the weight at which emergency contraceptive pills that use levonorgestrel begin to lose their effectiveness. The average weight of non-Hispanic black women aged 20 to 39 is 186 pounds, well above the weight at which these pills are completely ineffective. A CDC survey published in February found that 5.8 million American women used emergency contraceptive pills from 2006 to 2010.

I don't know how this comes to light years after the morning after pill has been on the market. Wouldn't you think some smart guy in a lab coat would have figured this out by now? Or did no one want to speak the hard truth because they'd be calling A LOT of American women fat? 

If you read those words with fear in your heart, looks like you're either writing child support checks or having a shotgun wedding. You're screwed, Bro! SCREWED.

Next time, remember, condoms still work.


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Brandon Wenerd
About Brandon Wenerd... Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips: brandon@brobible.com.

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