Why Discuss Plan B One-Step® With Your Patients?

There are an estimated 2.8 million unintended pregnancies each year in the United States alone, about 41% resulting from inconsistent or improper use of contraception.4,5 Since many of these unintended pregnancies could be prevented with the use of emergency contraception, discussing this option with patients is an important part of any birth control conversation.
Women were over 11 times more likely to use emergency contraception if they had received counseling about it within the year prior to unprotected sex or birth control failure.2


The following information is important to discuss when talking to your patients about Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception.

Birth control basics

A sound birth control plan begins with deciding on which birth control method is right for an individual patient.

Accidents do happen

An estimated 1 in 4 women experience birth control failure (e.g., a broken condom) or engage in unprotected sex every year.4 Because her birth control plan may not always go perfectly, there’s Plan B One-Step®— an emergency contraceptive that, when used as directed, helps prevent pregnancy before it can even happen.


Plan B One-Step® helps prevent pregnancy when taken as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. It must be taken as soon as possible after intercourse. The sooner it is taken, the better it works. Since time is of the essence, it is wise for women to have information about emergency contraception, before they may need it.


Let your patients know that Plan B One-Step® is the first emergency contraceptive to be available over the counter for anyone who needs to purchase it. It can usually be found in the feminine care aisle at many retail stores. It is available without a prescription or ID, and with no age restriction.

To download information about emergency contraception and Plan B One-Step® you can share with your patients, click here.

As a healthcare provider, YOU PLAY A KEY ROLE in making sure she knows how to back up her birth control method.

Did you know?

45% of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended.6

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