It’s hard being a voluptuous woman, as Tyler Perry could well tell you. It seems things are getting even harder, though, than just the challenges presented in jail or a weekly family reunion. The makers of a European contraceptive pill identical to Plan B One-Step — known lovingly to us Americans as the Morning After Pill — have announced that their pill is ineffectual for women who weigh more than 176 pounds, and that effects are reduced for women who weigh as little as 165 pounds. That’s like a tall size eight. In a surprisingly mature move, the French manufacturers of the European pill are developing labeling and packaging that immediately establishes the constrictive weight limitations.
This all may seem inconsequential to the American consumer, but, unfortunately, it’s not. The European Plan B model is nearly identical in composition to the American Plan B One-Step. In other words, there is evidence to prove that the American version has been sporadically effective for women who weigh over 166 pounds. As a point of reference, the average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds. That statistic, via the CDC, was an entirely happy coincidence.
But really, Plan B developers are allowing half of America’s women to buy the Plan B lie. Oh, and the product. Plan B is currently the only over-the-counter, morning-after contraceptive of its kind. Other morning-after contraceptives either need to be prescribed, work even less frequently and effectively, or lead to an onslaught of undesirable side-effects, like vomiting and nausea.
In short, voluptuous ladies, make sure you’re on a good daily birth control. Or prepare for some babies.
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