Birth Control Recall: Read This Before You Have Sex

birth control recallIf you are planning on any sort of sexy time this evening, you're definitely going to want to read this news first. Glenmark Generics is recalling seven lots of generic birth control because the pills might be placed in the wrong order. The packs contain three types of pills with varying levels of hormones -- if women take them in the incorrect order, then the pills could be ineffective. Yeah, and we all know "ineffective" is a fancy way of saying "unable to prevent pregnancy." See why this is such a BIG DEAL? Don't panic yet, though. Here's all the information you need to know to determine whether you may be affected:

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The complete name of the recalled product is norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg (Generic). Lot numbers of affected packs are as follows: 04110101, 04110106, 04110107, 04110114, 04110124, 04110129, and 04110134. The packs were distributed nationwide between September 21 and December 30, 2011. If you have the product, return it to the pharmacy and notify your physician immediately as you may be at risk for unintended pregnancy.

There are few recalls that instill this much fear in the minds of women. Yet, they are more common than drug companies like to admit. Earlier this month, Pfizer recalled one million packs of birth control and now this only a few weeks later? The irony is that everyone's all up in arms trying to decide whether or not birth control should be covered by insurance, but I have an even better idea: How about making sure birth control actually follows through on what it promises to do?

According to the FDA, the defective pills "do not pose any immediate health risks." But I'm not sure women who are taking the pill because they don't want to get pregnant would necessarily agree. It's scary -- not to mention infuriating -- to believe that you are taking the necessary steps not to get pregnant only to find out that you could be at risk. But that just goes to show that when it comes to contraception, some things really are out of our control.

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