AfterPill Importance Grows, Given New CDC Warning on Unprotected Sex Risks

New alcohol consumption warning raises risk for 43 million sexually active women each year who are not trying to becoming pregnant

Feb 11, 2016, 13:11 ET from Syzygy Healthcare Solutions

WESTPORT, Conn., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- is reporting that this week's Centers for Disease Control decision to recommend alcohol abstinence for all women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy impacts 43 million women in the U.S. each year and raises the risks of unprotected sex in particular. 

According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are 43 million women in the U.S., 70% of women of child-bearing age, who have sex without the intention of becoming pregnant.  Despite those intentions, one-half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned and 95% occur due to unprotected sex (no birth control method or improper condom or birth control use or failure). 

The CDC recommendation is based on a growing medical concern regarding the risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD).  In a report released last October, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared that "no amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy."  Over 50% of non-pregnant women of childbearing age in the U.S. use alcohol.

"The new CDC recommendation strongly suggests that if you drink alcohol, all pregnancies should be planned and unprotected sex should never occur," says John Linderman, Managing Director of Syzygy Healthcare, the makers of the AfterPillTM brand of emergency contraception.  "To reduce unprotected sex, emergency contraception should be affordable and readily available to all women," he added.  "In fact, the World Health Organization, Planned Parenthood, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and many others suggest women keep emergency contraception on hand in the event of birth control failure or unprotected sex to increase its effectiveness and likelihood of use."

"At we help reduce the incidence of unprotected sex by making emergency contraception more affordable with savings up to 60% off the national retail brands," Linderman commented. 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.

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SOURCE Syzygy Healthcare Solutions