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UPDATED June 17th, 2017

Once upon a time women had very few options when it came to birth control, and even fewer options if and when that birth control failed (which, let’s be honest, can happen from time to time). Or let’s say that you make a mistake and have unprotected sex, which unfortunately can happen for several reasons. Then what do you do? Many years ago you would probably freak out and feel like you had lost all control over your body and your future.

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And then in 1999 the morning after pill came into the picture and things changed. Back then it was only available by prescription for women who feared they might become pregnant after having unprotected sex, and then many years later, after a long road of fighting for women’s reproductive rights, Plan B became available over the counter, without a prescription. As CBS News reports, in 2013, “the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Plan B One-Step without a prescription for all women.”