magnifier menu chevron-left chevron-right chevron-down

The Morning After Pill Doesn’t Work For Women Over 176 Pounds


The European version of the morning after pill, Plan B, known abroad as Norlevo, doesn’t exactly work on women over 176 pounds at all. It is also less effective for women who weight 165 to 175 pounds as well. Is that not the scariest thing you’ve heard in a while? They just found this out now?

You’re wondering if this affects you as an American, when this is merely the European version, well the truth is we don’t know if the American version has the same issue but American manufacturers are not commenting . . .

According to Mother Jones, “This development has implications for American women. Some of the most popular emergency contraceptive pills sold over the counter in the United States—including the one-pill drugs Plan B One-StepNext Choice One Dose, and My Way, and a number of generic two-pill emergency contraceptives—have a dosage and chemical makeup identical to the European drug. Weight data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that, at 166 pounds, the average American woman is too heavy to use these pills effectively.”

The morning after pill is also reportedly less effective for obese women. This is troubling since, as you may imagine, there are a lot of women who weigh 165 pounds or more who should have access to birth control methods.

    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.