I meet some interesting people at the pharmacy. I’m sure you’re surprised.
Today I spoke on the phone with a woman who had questions about Plan B (emergency contraception). She was embarrassed to even ask questions, and I did my best to ease her concerns.
A few hours later she stopped in to buy the Plan B. The pharmacist counseled her about side effects, and reminded her that it needs to be taken within 72 hours after she had unprotected sex. The counseling led to this conversation:
Pharmacist: So if you take it outside that 72 hour window, it won’t be effective.
Customer: Well, can I return it? If I don’t open the packaging?
Pharmacist: Umm…yeah, I guess you could.
Customer: Okay, good.
We talk a little bit about side effects. The pharmacist goes elsewhere to check on something.
Me: So if you’re already pregnant, this won’t do anything, but if you aren’t, it should prevent implantation.
Customer: So I can return it if I don’t need it.
Me: That’s what the pharmacist said.
Customer: Okay. I might take a pregnancy test, and if it’s negative, I’ll take the pill. So it’s good I can return it if I need to.
Me: Wait, so…when did you have unprotected sex?
Customer: Ummm…last night? This morning?
Me: So you take the pill today, and it falls within the 72 hour window.
Customer: But I can return it if I don’t need it.
Me: Well, yes, but if you take a pregnancy test today, it’ll be negative no matter what.
Customer: blank look Yeah, I know.
Me: Okay, good. So you can just take the pill today.
Customer: It’s good I can return it if I don’t need it.
By then I was torn between offering her an immediate refund (since she’s so obviously concerned about her finances) and getting her a cup of water so I could watch her take the pill.
In the end, she left the pharmacy with her Plan B. Now let’s all pray she can figure out how to use it.