Morning After Pill
Plan B is a type of emergency contraception that helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours (3 days) after having unprotected intercourse, or in the case of birth control failure. It is considered a backup plan, but should not be taken as a substitute for birth control. The morning after pill is the safest way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sex. This emergency contraception contains the same hormone used in birth control but in a higher, more concentrated dose.
At Fox Medical Centers, we know that mistakes can happen, that’s why the Plan B emergency contraception exists in the first place. The important thing is that if you’re concerned about a potential unwanted pregnancy, is to not make a hasty decision and remain safe in pursuing any possible medications or treatment.
When Should You Consider taking the Morning After Pill?
- you weren’t using any birth control when you had sex
- you forgot to take your birth control pills, patch, ring, or other birth control method
- your partner’s condom broke or slipped off
- your partner didn’t pull out in time or
- you were forced to have unprotected vaginal sex.
How Does It Work
Pregnancy does not occur right away, this is exactly how it is possible to prevent pregnancy even after unprotected sex. It can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to meet after having intercourse. Emergency contraception pills work by keeping a woman’s ovary from releasing an egg for longer than usual, allowing the medication to prevent the egg from joining with the sperm. Pregnancy cannot occur if there is no egg to meet the sperm.
It is important to note that the morning-after pill is not an abortion pill. Although the treatment works similar to regular birth control, Plan B should not be used as an alternative to birth control since it is not as effective. Plan B is the first FDA-approved emergency contraceptive to be available to the public over-the-counter.
Emergency contraception is safe, and millions of women have used it. Various forms of emergency contraception have been used for over 30 years with no reports of serious complications.