Plan B

Plan B, also known as the “morning-after pill,” is an emergency contraceptive medication used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It contains a higher dose of levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone found in many birth control pills, and works by preventing ovulation or fertilization of an egg. Here is some information about Plan B:

Usage and Timing

Plan B should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, ideally within 72 hours (3 days). However, it can still be effective if taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after the incident. It is a single-dose pill that is available over the counter without a prescription in many countries.

Effectiveness and Limitations

Plan B is most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Studies have shown that it can reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 87% if taken within 72 hours. However, its effectiveness decreases over time, so it is important to take it as early as you can.

It is important to note that Plan B is not 100% effective and should not be relied upon as a regular form of contraception. It is designed for emergency use only and should not replace ongoing birth control methods.

Side Effects and Precautions

Common side effects of Plan B may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, breast tenderness, and irregular menstrual bleeding. These side effects are generally mild and temporary. If you experience severe abdominal pain or heavy vaginal bleeding, it is important to seek medical attention.

Plan B is generally safe for most individuals, but it may not be suitable for everyone. It is important to inform your healthcare professional about any pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking. They can provide guidance on the appropriateness of using Plan B in your specific situation.

Additional Considerations

Plan B does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you are concerned about STIs, it is advisable to seek medical advice and consider getting tested.

WARNING: It is important to note that the availability, regulations, and specific brand names of emergency contraception may vary by country. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist for accurate and up-to-date information regarding emergency contraception options in your location.

WARNING: Please consult with a healthcare professional or doctor for personalized advice and guidance regarding the use of Plan B or any other emergency contraception methods.