CVS and Rite Aid limit purchases of emergency contraception – The Mercury News

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By Virginia Langmaid and Naomi Thomas | CNN

Some large drugstore chains are limiting emergency contraception purchases to three pills per customer, company representatives confirmed to CNN.

“Due to increased demand, we are currently limiting purchases of Plan B birth control pills to three per customer,” Alicja Wojczyk, senior external communications manager for Rite Aid, told CNN in an email.

Although CVS has a “sufficient supply” of Plan B and Aftera – two types of emergency contraception – the company limits purchases to three per customer “to ensure equitable access and consistent supply on store shelves. stores,” Matt Blanchette, senior director of retail communications at CVS Pharmacy told CNN in an email.

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Emergency contraception reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Common situations where it is used include after forgetting to take several birth control pills or when a condom breaks or falls off.

Purchase limits for emergency contraception come after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday. Several states immediately moved to effectively ban abortions.

“The use (of emergency contraception) does not cause an abortion. An abortion terminates an existing pregnancy. EC prevents pregnancy from occurring. EC must be used soon after unprotected sex to be effective. It doesn’t work if the pregnancy has already happened,” ACOG said.

Pills, such as Plan B and Aftera, are a type of emergency contraception. Some can be purchased without a prescription and others require a prescription.

Copper intrauterine devices, or IUDs, can also be used as emergency contraception if inserted within five days of sex.

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