Each week, intrepid comics artist Erika Moen explores a different aspect of sex in Oh Joy Sex Toy. This week: Emergency contraception! How timely, with emergency contraception now being available over-the-counter for all ages.
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Here is a text transcription of the comic to make it more accessible for people using screen readers. Transcription by Morgan Kelly.
Erika begins this comic by saying, “Sometimes… Unprotected sex happens. Whether from birth control failure or lack of using protection.” The accompanying illustration depicts two people in bed looking very concerned, “Oh no… The condom broke!”
Erika continues, “So, today we’re talking about Emergency Contraception Pills (A.K.A., The Morning-After Pill) for when you need back up protection AFTER the deed has been done (A copper IUD can also be used as EC).
The person runs after Erika, “Whoah, Whoah, WHOAH. I’m not okay with ABORTION!!” Erika puts her hands up, “Easy, tiger! You’ve got it all wrong! Let me explain.”
Erika provides a diagram of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and vagina. “Abortion is the intentional removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus. Emergency contraception delays ovulation (release of an egg from an ovary into a fallopian tube). Emergency contraception prevents conception (sperm penetrating egg) from happening in the first place… So there is literally nothing there to abort later.”
Erika includes illustrations to depict the emergency contraception pill in action. The cute pill pats the ovary gently and says, “Hey Boo, you’ve been working so hard… Why don’t you take a break from ovulating for a little bit?” The ovary replies, “That… that sounds really nice.”
Erika explains, “So when sperm show up in the fallopian tube, there’s no egg waiting for them to fertilize.” In the illustration, a group of sperm in the fallopian tube ask, “Uh, has anyone seen an egg around here?” The emergency contraceptive is with the ovary as the pill winks and says, “Ain’t I a stinka?”
“BUT, if the person has already conceived, it’s too late for EC to work.” The pill runs toward a sperm approaching an egg in the fallopian tube, “Wait wait wai--.” The sperm fertilizes the egg, “haHAH! Too slow, Joe!”
Erika says, “See? No pregnancies get terminated (there is an abortion pill (Mifepristone), but Emergency Contraception ain’t it!). So don’t sweat it! The key is to take the Morning-After pill the same day or at least within the first 72 hours (3 days), though you can take it up to 120 hours (five days) later. But be warned, the longer you wait, the more time you’re giving yourself to ovulate an egg into some waiting sperm.” A group of sperm see an egg that has been ovulated, “We’ve been expecting you.”
Side Effects May Include:
• Unusual period (earlier or later than your usual cycle, heavier or lighter).
• Breast tenderness, dizziness or headaches.
• Nausea or vomiting (If you vomit within two hours of taking EC, the pill won’t be effective! Tough it out and take it again).
Erika holds the person’s hair back as they vomit, “Hrk! …haroo…” Erika adds, “While it is totally safe, it’s not pleasant.”
Erika introduces another person, “This is my neighbor Saundra, she’s used EC a few times before and is here to tell her tale.” Saundra begins, “Taking EC was emotionally draining, and definitely physically draining. The first time, I got nauseated for a couple hours, and crampy. I got my period a couple days later. This was fine and expected, but it threw my cycle off considerably. I’m even more careful with birth control now, since I’m loathe to subject myself to a day or a day and a half of generalized sadness.” Erika says, “Thanks Saundra!”
Erika concludes this comic by saying, “EC has some unpleasant temporary side effects and is not something you’d want to use instead of preemptive protection, but it’s an invaluable option in case you were unprotected. That about covers the basics of EC! I’ve only been able to skim the surface, go to PlannedParenthood.org for more information!”