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Use of Emergency Contraception Rises

Use of the morning-after pill has increased by 7 percent over the past ten years.

A study released Thursday by the Center for Disease Control found 11 percent of sexually-active women have used the morning-after pill, up from 4 percent in 2002.

Several companies sell morning-after pills including Duramed's Plan B One-Step.
Several companies sell morning-after pills including Duramed's Plan B One-Step.

About half of the women surveyed said they had used emergency contraception because they were afraid other contraceptive methods had failed.

The other half said they used it to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.

Nearly one in four women aged 20 to 24 had used the pill.

Nearly 60 percent of those who had used emergency contraception had only used it once, and 24 percent had used it twice.

Use was most common among white women who attended college.

The medication costs anywhere from $30-$65, but under the Affordable Care Act, pills that have been prescribed will not require a co-pay.

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