Plan B Morning After Pill
Emergency contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are two kinds of emergency contraception:
- There are two types of Plan B or Morning after pill:
- Next Choice One Dose and Plan B One-Step (levonorgesterol pills)
- Ella (ulipristal acetate)
Pregnancy doesn’t happen right after sex. That’s why it’s possible to prevent pregnancy even after the fact. It can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to meet after having sex. Emergency contraception pills work by keeping a woman’s ovary from releasing an egg for longer than usual. If the egg and sperm do not meet, a pregnancy cannot occur
You might have also heard that the morning-after pill causes an abortion, this is not true. The morning-after pill is not the abortion pill. Emergency contraception prevents a pregnancy from beginning, but it does not cause an abortion.
Take the morning-after pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex. It will reduce your risk of pregnancy if you start it up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected intercourse.Some brands have one pill, and some have two. The instructions on brands with two pills may say to take the pills 12 hours apart. After you take emergency contraception, it’s normal for your next period to be different from usual. Your period may be earlier or later than usual, or it may be heavier, lighter, more spotty, or the same as usual. Be sure to tell any health care provider that you may see before your next period that you have taken the morning-after pill. If you do not have your period within three weeks after taking emergency contraception, or if you have any symptoms of pregnancy, take a pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with your health care provider.