What is the morning-after pill?

The morning-after pill is a form of emergency contraception, which is also called Plan B One-Step®. Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy.

Your body and your health are important, so take time to make the best decision.  Give us a call for a confidential discussion about your options.

Is the morning-after pill effective?

One study conducted by Plan B® One-Step found that 84% of expected pregnancies were prevented1. The makers of the drug claim that 7 out of 8 women who would have gotten pregnant, did not2. These figures are based on estimates of when ovulation might have occurred.

Should I take the morning-after pill?

Many times women panic after having unprotected sex and rush to take the morning-after pill. However, you can only become pregnant on certain days of the month — around the time that you ovulate. Taking the morning-after pill during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to large doses of hormones.

If you are already pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter, taking the morning-after pill is of no value and may cause harm3.

To find out if you are pregnant, call us.  We can give you information and connect you with a caring, qualified pregnancy resource center near you.

Can the morning-after pill cause an abortion?

That depends upon how you define “life.”  Some believe that pregnancy does not begin until a fertilized egg implants in the womb. However, the scientific reality is that at conception, many defining features are determined such as gender, eye and hair color and growth begins4. That’s why many believe that conception is the starting point of a new human life. Taking Plan B One-Step® after the sperm has fertilized the egg may prevent this new life from settling into the womb (implantation) and continuing to grow, which is why many consider it an early abortion5.

Does the morning-after pill have side effects and risks?

Like any medication, the incidence of risks and side effects is variable.  Plan B One-Step®  is associated with the following side effects: nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, heavier menstrual bleeding and dizziness6.

Remember, your body and health are important, so take time to make the best decision. Please call us to get more information and to talk about your options if you are pregnant.

 

NOTE: Pregnancy Decision Line and our network of participating pregnancy resource centers offer peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or emergency contraception. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

 

References

1. Plan B® One-Step package insert. “Clinical Studies.” Package insert available at:
http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf. (Accessed September 3, 2009)

2. Plan B® One-Step Website. “What Plan B® One-Step is.” http://www.planbonestep.com/what-is-plan-b.aspx. (Accessed September 3, 2009)

3. Plan B® One-Step package insert. “Contraindications.” Package insert available at:
http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf. (Accessed September 3, 2009)

4. Kliegman: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 18th Edition, 2007 Sauders, an Imprint of Elsevier, Chap 79 The Human Genome; http://www.mdconsult.com/das/book/body/210084012-3/1026247872/1608/210.html#4-u1.0-B978-1-4160-2450-7..50081-5_1721 (Accessed July 16, 2010)

5. FDA website, “Plan B® Questions and Answers: How Does Plan B® Work.”
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm109783.htm. (Accessed September 3, 2009)

6. Plan B® One-Step package insert. “Adverse Reactions.” Package insert available at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf. (Accessed September 3, 2009)

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