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Helping Young Women Succeed in Today's Unpredictable World

Because the unexpected happens, offers post college-aged women expert guidance in career, financial planning and sexual health

MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Many young women enter the "real world" expecting that life will go according to plan, particularly when it comes to their careers, finances and relationships. Unfortunately, the reality is that the unexpected often happens -- a looming problem especially in today's challenging economic environment. A new website,, now offers women much-needed guidance, resources, and tips to help successfully navigate the ups and downs of the post-college years.

Developed and sponsored by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the makers of Plan B(R) (levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75 mg) emergency contraception, provides 20-somethings with a one-stop Internet resource offering expert advice to develop life "Plan B's" so they're prepared when their "Plan A's" don't go exactly as planned. This new website features answers to frequently asked questions, interactive quizzes, and worksheets that focus on job-, money- and sexual health-related issues.

Real Women, Real Experts

On the website, a team of dynamic young professional women provide expertise to empower this generation in critical life areas, such as:

  • Finance: Stacy Francis, CFP(R), CDFA(TM), President of Francis Financial, Inc. and Founder of Savvy Ladies(TM) financial empowerment group;
  • Sexual health: Ashlesha Patel, MD, MPH, Division Director of Family Planning Services, John H. Stroger, Jr. Cook County Hospital;
  • Career management: Nicole Williams, Founder of WORKS career management

Strengthening Financial Savvy

On the site, Stacy Francis explains that it IS possible to pay down debt while saving for the future, and guides women to adopt a new money mantra: "frugality is the new black."

"Eighty percent of young Americans are in debt(1)," notes Francis. "Struggling to pay off loans and credit cards is overwhelming for anyone, but the situation is amplified when it's a young woman trying to make ends meet in a tight economy on an entry-level salary. supports women in their quest for financial security."

Handling Unexpected Health Issues

Because post college-aged women have the highest rates of unintended pregnancy(2), Dr. Ashlesha Patel highlights the importance of using a "Plan A" (i.e., primary contraception) and having a "Plan B" (e.g., Plan B(R) emergency contraception) should contraceptive failure or unprotected sex occur. In addition to the risk of pregnancy, women also need to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

"Young women are actively beginning to shape their personal and professional identities, but often overlook their health," says Dr. Patel. " delivers spot-on advice that helps safeguard their physical and mental well-being so they're in control when the unexpected happens."

Navigating a Tough Job Market

The website's career section offers a fresh twist on effective networking, top tips for resume makeovers and need-to-know information for successful interview preparation.

"In this sluggish economy, layoffs are increasing and opportunities are less abundant for new entrants into the workforce," comments Nicole Williams. " gives young women guidance to better position themselves as a valuable employee in their current role, or as the best candidate for the job if they are seeking a new position."

An Ally for Women

"The post-college decade has always been a challenging time, but today's young women face obstacles unlike any generation before them," explains Andrea Porzio, Group Product Manager of Consumer Marketing at Duramed. "When the unexpected happens -- such as birth control failure or unprotected sex -- Plan B(R) emergency contraception provides women with a back-up plan. This new website extends that support to other areas of a young woman's life, providing a real ally that's easily accessible anytime, anywhere when she needs it the most."

Plan B(R) should be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Take the first pill as soon as possible, and the second pill 12 hours later. Plan B(R) is not a substitute for primary birth control methods and should not be used that way because it is not as effective. Plan B(R) isn't effective if you're already pregnant, and it won't terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B(R) does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Side effects may include nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, changes in your period, dizziness, and breast tenderness. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy and should get immediate medical help. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Additional Information

For more information, please see full prescribing information on, call 1-800-330-1271, or speak to your pharmacist.


  1. Preparing for Their Future: A Look at the Financial Sate of Gen X and Gen Y. American Savings Education Council (ASEC) and AARP (on behalf of Divided We Fail). March 2008.
  2. Finer LB, Henshaw SK. "Disparities in rates of unintended pregnancy in the United States, 1994 and 2001." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2006. P. 92.

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