1 in 2 Women May Need to Use Emergency Contraception in Their Lives

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So, you wake up the morning after a fun night with your SO or a new hookup, and the main problem on your mind is what you’re going to make for breakfast, when it hits you—I forgot to take my pill yesterday!

If you’ve been here before, trust us: You’re absolutely not alone. In fact, one in two women may need to use emergency contraception in their lifetimes. And there’s no shame in this, so you don’t need to panic—just be prepared.

Still not sure what emergency contraception is or how to use it? Well, let us introduce you to Preventeza by the makers of Vagisil. Vagisil’s products are designed by women, for women (a #girlpower win in our book) and they’ve been looking out for women’s sexual health for 40 years, so it’s no wonder women trust them—and you can, too. Preventeza contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone, which works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. The key here: Take it within 72 hours of your sexual encounter, because it’s most effective the sooner it is taken.

Preventeza uses the same ingredient as many birth control pills, just at a higher dose, so you won’t be dealing with medications that are too unfamiliar. That being said, emergency contraception shouldn’t be a replacement for your regular birth control, and it doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases—keep yourselves as protected as possible, ladies! Preventeza is the perfect product to keep on hand as a backup for when you’re in a pinch; e.g., when your birth control fails.

If you’re still unsure about the effectiveness of an emergency contraception, approximately seven out of every eight women who would have become pregnant will not after taking Preventeza (when taken within 72 hours after intercourse, of course). Nearly half of all pregnancies remain unintended*, so why is it that only 18 percent of women have used emergency contraception?

Well the answer is pretty simple: misinformation about EC and lack of awareness prevent women from using the products they need. Only a small number of women have used emergency contraception, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Vagisil wants to stop this cycle and help women feel empowered to look after their own sexual health, because any of us could be the one in two. To make emergency contraceptive more accessible (while also providing education and awareness), Vagisil has a Buy One, Get One Free (to keep or give to a friend) offer on Preventeza.com. Preventeza is also available over the counter (OTC) in Rite Aid stores and online, including Amazon.

We encourage you to learn more about Preventeza and emergency contraception, so that you can feel empowered to take control. Additionally, Vagisil has launched a #WeAre1in2 campaign to raise awareness of the fact that 1-in-2 women may need to use emergency contraception in their lifetime due to the risk of unintended pregnancies. Show your solidarity with women being in control of their reproductive health by using #WeAre1in2 on social media!

*Finer, L. B., & Zolna, M. R. (2011). Unintended pregnancy in the United States: incidence and disparities, 2006. Contraception, 84(5), 478-485.