Plan B Now Sold on Store Shelves & Women Like Me Don’t Have to Be Humiliated Anymore

Plan BAsking the pharmacist for emergency contraception has always the bane of my existence. Not that I take it all the time. I don't. In fact, I've only taken it twice to date. However, I'll confess that today's news that the FDA has approved Plan B One-Step for "off the shelf" sale has me giddy. Again, not because I'm a whore. Not because I don't use protection (because believe you-me, I do). But because I think women have a right to buy emergency contraception without having to ask for it, and I don't think any woman should be made to feel like a lesser human being because they choose to take it.

... I would know. I've most definitely felt that way.

It wasn't a friend of mine who made me feel bad. It wasn't the situation, either. The pharmacist made me feel horrible. I had been contemplating whether or not I should purchase the pill all day. I'm on birth control, yes, but a major part of me still gets very, very nervous when things get hot and heavy without other protection. After deciding that I'd be more at peace if I just sprung for the emergency contraception, I headed to my local drug store to pick it up.

I approached the pharmacy counter and no one else was around: success #1. As the pharmacist came over -- a woman who looked to be in her mid-to-late 50s with horrible blue eyeliner and a loose bun that had slightly fallen to one side -- I smiled. "I'd like to pick up Plan B, please."

... and she just stared. No response for a solid five seconds. I smiled more. After what felt like the longest pause ever, she replied, "Umm, you know that it costs $50, right?"

No, I have no idea about the astronomical price tag. OF COURSE I DO, lady! What, do you think I can't afford it? The way she looked at me up and down. The judgment in her eyes. She made me feel like a floozy and less of a woman. She didn't know my circumstances. She most definitely doesn't know my partner (God, I hope not). To say I was irritated was an understatement.

After I replied, "Yes" (although I wanted to smack her upside the head instead) -- she paused for another five seconds before leaving the counter to go get the pack. I paid for the medicine, walked away from the counter, and went on with my life. Regardless, I'll never forget the way she made me feel. Never.

That's why today, I think women deserve a little "hoorah!" Hopefully this decision will make women everywhere feel less awkward when they choose to pick this particular item up from the drug store. Boasting a new purple packaging, customers will most likely be able to find Plan B One-Step in the family planning aisle starting today, August 1.

Do you think it's a good thing that Plan B One-Step will be sold in the aisles now instead of over-the-counter? Have you ever had an awkward experience buying emergency contraception?



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nonmember avatar Krist

Now if we just didn't have to see the Dr for those pesky late term abortions too. Something to hope for in the future I guess....

bills... billsfan1104

So just because she told you it was 50 dollars, she was judgin you? Always the victim.

bunny... bunnyxlover

wouldnt they get the same stares from the cashier though?

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

Great! Now women have no reason whatsoever not to be whores!

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I've only had to take it once. I couldn't bring myself to go up to the counter and get it so I made my boyfriend do it. Not one of my prouder moments.

lulou lulou

Im kind of a point monger on my pharmacy rewards card, so Id have to look at it from that angle - you should have asked her :)

nonmember avatar Gina

Wow, other commenters. I'm glad you are all saintly individuals with no need for contraceptives. Obviously you all have only ever been with one person and only have sex for procreation purposes.I've never had to use it, but it's good to know I'd be an automatic whore if i did. Contraceptives totally equal harlotdom.

Allis... AllisonWD

Where's all the slut-shaming for the men these women slept with? Oh, nothing to say about them. It's all the women's fault. Men can sleep with as many women as they want and no one would dare judge them. My mistake. Didn't know I could climb ontop of myself and accidentally get pregnant.

hello... hellokd87

Exactly, Gina! Such judgmental people! I've used it once, luckily the Pharmacy tech was a guy who shot my fiancee a "woohoo" look (ugh, guys lol) but I'm on the fence with this being otc. Now its readily available for careless teens who will use it as the easy way out. Other than that, I'm all for it!

tcfla tcfla

Well said Gina....some people should walk a mile anothers shoes before judging. 

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