If you had unprotected sex or missed a birth control pill, you may be considering taking Plan B. Maybe you’re confused about what it does and the risks involved. There are some things you should know about this form of contraception and that’s what we’re talking about today.
What Is Plan B?
Also known as the morning-after pill, Plan B is not the same as the abortion pill. It is an emergency contraceptive that prevents pregnancy while the abortion pill terminates a pregnancy that has been implanted. It should not be used as a primary method of birth control.
How Does Plan B Work?
Plan B contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progestin that works to delay or prevent ovulation. It could also prevent fertilization, but is not effective once the egg is fertilized. This emergency contraceptive may prevent pregnancy if it is taken within 5 days after sex. Again, it will not work if you’re already pregnant and it may fail even with correct usage and does not protect against STD/STIs.
What Are the Risks and Potential Side Effects?
With this contraceptive, there are side effects to be aware of that could last days or more depending on your body. First, make sure you are not pregnant if you’re considering using Plan B. Potential side effects could include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Breast tenderness
- Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
- Lower abdominal pain or cramps
Confirm If You’re Pregnant
Before deciding what to do next, you will want to confirm if you are already pregnant. We know how scary this step can be and we are here to help every step of the way. Confirm if you’re pregnant with a medical pregnancy test at The Hope Clinic. All our services are free of charge and confidential!
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