Emergency Contraceptive Pills ( Ecps )

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Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) is a widely controversial debate between medical officials, teachers, parents, and teens. Most parents do not want to think about their teenage daughters engaging in sexual activities; yet, at some point, it is more than likely going to happen. The CDC reports showed in 2013 there were over 270,000 babies born to adolescents between the ages of 15-19 years old (1). This figure may seem high but has declined over the last two decades and reduced by 10% during 2012 to 2013 (1). There are several methods of birth control to inhibit pregnancy and the spread of sexual transmitted infections (STI.) One form that aids in preventing pregnancy is commonly known as the morning after plan or Plan B. For females over the age of 15, the FDA has approved teens to buy the pills without a doctor’s prescription (1). Purchases can be made at various local pharmacy stores. The pills are taken immediately after having unprotected sex, or after a woman believes, she may become pregnant from sexual intercourse. Dr. Abell express the hormones progestin and estrogen are the same hormones used in birth control pills (341). The pills work by either obstructing or delaying the natural pregnancy process, but is not an abortion because a woman is not yet pregnant. If a woman takes the pill and she is already pregnant there has been no evidence to prove the fertilized egg will be harmed (Abell 341). To have the most effect the pills should be taken within
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