"After-Sex" Birth Control Pill Will Help Reduce Incidence of Unprotected Sex in America

An estimated 9.7 million couples each night in America are at risk of unintended pregnancy

Mar 01, 2016, 13:20 ET from Syzygy Healthcare

WESTPORT, Conn., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Syzygy Healthcare, the makers of AfterPill emergency contraceptive, nearly 10 million couples are at risk of unintended pregnancy each night in America resulting in 75 million cycles per year in which unprotected sex occurs among women at risk of an unintended pregnancy.1, 2 

"Access to affordable after-sex birth control can help reduce the incidence of unprotected sex in America," says John Linderman, managing director of Syzygy Healthcare, the makers of AfterPill. "Nearly one-half of all women ages 15-44 will have had an unintended pregnancy in their lifetime," he added.  "Fifteen percent of the occasions will occur due to condom failure or misuse.  It is smart to have an emergency birth control product on hand in the event of unprotected sex," commented Mr. Linderman.

AfterPill.com provides 100% availability and unrestricted access to the best-selling and #1 doctor-recommended emergency contraception medicine for $20 plus shipping, helping to make emergency birth control more affordable and available for women.

Being prepared and having AfterPill on hand will help women use an emergency contraceptive more quickly if needed – no rushing to the pharmacy or risking the product not being available, and cost is less of a barrier.  The World Health Organization has long recommended women have an emergency contraceptive on hand.

Like all birth control pills, AfterPill does not protect against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.

About AfterPill

AfterPill is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized, over-the-counter emergency contraceptive (1.5 mg levonorgestrel) tablet for use by women ages 17 and older.  The dramatically lower price of AfterPill is intended to make emergency birth control more affordable and to encourage advance purchase so it is more quickly available in the event of unprotected sex or if birth control failure occurs. The sooner a woman takes a levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptive, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy, and research has shown it to be most effective within the first 12 hours. 

For more information, visit www.AfterPill.com

1 Trussell J, Guthrie K. Choosing a Contraceptive: Efficacy, Safety, and Personal Considerations. In Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson A, Cates W, Kowal D, Policar M. Contraceptive Technology: Twentieth Revised Edition. New York NY: Ardent Media, 2011.

2 Trussell J, Emergency Contraception Still the Nation's Best-Kept Secret.  Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 2005.

SOURCE Syzygy Healthcare