Unprotected sex? What if the condom breaks or your birth control fails? In the US, half of all unintended pregnancies occurred while using birth control.
Before considering the Morning After Pill (MAP), you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. This is a medical decision and before taking MAP, you should first consult with your doctor.
What is it?
The “morning after pill” is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Known as Plan B One Step, the pill is actually two tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and another 12 hours later. It is not the same as RU-486 (the abortion pill).
How does it work?
Plan B is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.
Things to consider
- The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.
- Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
- Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, cramping, headache and menstrual changes.
If you think you might need to take an emergency contraceptive, call us or make an appointment to talk about all your medical options, risks and side effects.
**Choices does not give out Plan B.**
Source: Manufacturer's Prescribing Information for Plan B (Levonorgestrel) tablets, 0.75 mg. Mfg. by Gedeon Richter, Ltd., Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pomona, NY 10970. Revised Feb 2004. BR-038 / 21000382503