Plan B One Step Emergency Contraception (pill) What is Emergency Contraception?
You can prevent pregnancy after intercourse by taking
Plan B cannot prevent an ectopic pregnancy, which is
Emergency Contraceptive pil s (also known as the
when a fertilized egg attaches and grows outside the
Morning After Pil or EC). The most common is
uterus. This can be very dangerous and requires
immediate medical attention. Signs of ectopic
pregnancy are: pain especial y in the lower abdomen
How to Use
The sooner after sex you take it, the better. For
example, if taken one hour after sex it is more
effective than if taken twelve hours after sex. If you
Side effects are rare with Plan B but they can happen.
start it more than 5 days (120 hours) after sex, the
They include nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast
tenderness, dizziness, fluid retention, abdominal pain
and irregular bleeding. If they don’t go away after 1 to
If you vomit within a half hour, it might not work and
you should take another dose. You might want to take
it with food and some anti-nausea medication.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Studies have not been done on the effect of Plan B on
How Well Does It Work?
pregnancy and breastfeeding. Birth control pil s with
Emergency contraception is much less effective than
the same chemical have been used for many years and
methods of birth control you use before sex such as
have not caused problems. However, the amount of
condoms or birth control pil s. But if a woman has
the hormone in Plan B is more than the amount in a
had sex without protection, emergency contraception
birth control pil . No problems have shown up in
significantly lowers her chances of getting pregnant.
women who have gotten pregnant or breastfed while
taking Plan B. Plan B wil not end an existing
What to Expect
After using Emergency Contraception, your next
menstrual period should begin within 2 to 4 weeks. If
you don’t have a full, normal period within 4 weeks
Plan B is available behind the counter at most
you might be pregnant and should have a pregnancy
pharmacies. Women and men 17 years old and older
do not need a prescription, but you do need to buy it
at the pharmacy counter and wil be expected to show
Starting birth control after Plan B
identification to prove your age. Men can purchase
You can start using birth control the same day you
Plan Bfor theirpartners.
take EC. If you are using the pil , patch or vaginal ring,
their hormones can give you bleeding much like a
normal period, even if you are pregnant. It’s a good
prescription. You can cal your doctor or other local
idea to get a pregnancy test 2 to 4 weeks after using
health care provider to see if they wil cal in a
In Alaska, California, Hawai , Maine, Massachusetts,
Prescription Birth Control Pills work for Emergency Contraception.
Washington State if you are under 17, you can get
If you can’t get Plan B, use prescription birth control
Plan B from many pharmacies without a clinic visit.
pil s instead. They are less effective and cause more
You can cal ahead to make sure the pharmacist on
nausea and vomiting. It is important to take the exact
number of pil s recommended. Take the first dose as
soon as you get the pil s. Take the second dose 12
hours later. If possible, take with food. See dosages
Go ahead - ask your doctor, pharmacist or clinic to
give you the pil s or the prescription ahead of time.
Then you'l have Plan B before you need it.
Take 1st Dose Take 2nd Dose within 120 hours of 12 hours after Pharmacy Denial? Type of Pill intercourse
It may be il egal for a pharmacy to refuse to give you
Plan B. If this happens to you, please report it
immediately to Legal Voice at 206-682-9552 or to
♦ Can be used after intercourse.
♦ Easily available if you are 17 or older.
♦ Less effective than other birth control methods
♦ Does not protect against sexual y transmitted
♦ Need prescription if you are under17 years old.
Just like Plan B, they have not been fully tested for
their effect on pregnancy and breastfeeding, but they
are believed to be safe. Just like Plan B, they do not
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