Emergency Contraception, also known as the Morning After Pill, Plan B, Plan B One Step
Morning After Pill (Plan B One Step)
Before taking any medication, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you’re pregnant and advise you on your options.
What is It?
The “morning after pill” is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Known as Plan B, the pill is 1 tablet, taken within 72 hours of intercourse. It is NOT the same as RU-486.
How Does It Work?
Plan B is 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:
- Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.
- The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive. (It contains almost 16 times more synthetic steroids than one average contraceptive pill.)
- Do not use if you: are allergic to levonorgestrel, have diabetes, have a history of stroke, have abnormal vaginal bleeding or a blood-clotting disorder. See here for a full list of warnings.
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
Before taking emergency contraception it is important to determine if you are pregnant and how far along you are in your pregnancy (# of weeks pregnant). The Front Royal Pregnancy Center offers free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasounds (More on Our Services). Our caring and supportive staff can answer your questions about your options.