You had sex. Thoughts are racing through your head… What if I’m pregnant? What if…?
More than likely you’ve heard of the morning-after pill (also known as Plan B One-Step). Perhaps that sounds like an easy way out. Before you take the morning-after pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health, and how it works. Our nurses would be happy to discuss this option with you, if you make an appointment.
What is the morning-after pill?
- It’s a large dose of oral contraceptive
- It’s one tablet, taken within 72 hours of intercourse
- It is NOT the same as RU-486
How does it work?
- 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:
- Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant
- It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted disease
- The manufacturer warns that it is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive
Common Side Effects:
- Menstrual changes
- Abdominal Pain
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