Over 176 Pounds? The Morning-After Pill May Not Work For You

November 25, 2013  |  

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It looks like there may be some bad news for sexually active women who weigh over 176 pounds. According to Mother Jones, a European pharmaceutical company who is responsible for producing an emergency contraceptive pill, Norlevo, which is identical to the Plan B pill, recently released a disclaimer, warning consumers that the pill may be ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds. The company will reportedly repackage Norlevo with a notice informing consumers of the company’s recent findings regarding the drug’s potential weight restrictions, which will read:

“Studies suggest that Norlevo is less effective in women weighing [165 pounds] or more and not effective in women weighing [176 pounds] or more” and that Norlevo “is not recommended…if you weigh [165 pounds] or more.”


If their findings turn out to be true, American women may also have something to worry about, as Norvelo is reportedly chemically identical to American emergency contraceptive drugs including Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One-Dose and My Way. The FDA has yet to comment on this finding; however, according to the CDC, the average American woman weighs 166, while the average Black woman weighs 186.


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  • guest

    WTF ?! The AVERAGE woman weighs 166 (non-black american ) & 186 (black american) . F#ck the pill , how bout get a gym membership .

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    it worked for me & i’m double that…

  • ❤♥BabyGirl♥❤

    Either it worked or im just not fertile and i am over 176 lbs. I only used it once tho.

  • judgeme

    nope this is a lie Im 511 so Ive always been around 180 and have use the pill on three separate occasions and it has worked everytime

  • Candacey Doris

    So if that doesn’t work then the others may not work if you’re over 75kg? I hope they figure it out or there are going to be several women wondering why they got pregnant.

  • Ms. Kameria

    All the article is saying is don’t be over 160 lbs. I may not work for you. Those that are getting upset about it are the ones probably over 160 lbs.

  • Guest

    I don’t believe it, I was 210 lbs in college when my now ex and I had protected s*x with a condom and it broke and his sea men dripped out of my v*gina and he gave me $60 the next day to go to Walgreen’s and get the morning after pill and it worked for me. It’s been 5 years and have since loss 50 lbs.

    • Live_in_LDN

      it says MAY not work. it doesnt mean it wont work for heavier ladies but the chances of it working is reduced significantly.

    • Trisha_B

      Why did you go into such great detail lmao

      • Laine

        lol….the dripping, the amount of money, the exact store…Leave her alone, she obviously has excellent memory…hahah. Glad it worked out for her…:-)

      • Jan

        she sea men…. like they were on the ship lol im tickled

    • Gym membership

      you were fat in college . Thank god you lost some weight.