What is the ‘Morning-After Pill?

Also known as Plan B, the morning-after pill is an over-the-counter medication that can be used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy from occurring if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. 

It’s important to note that Plan B does not terminate a pregnancy, but rather prevents it. It uses defense mechanisms to make sure the body does not begin to develop a pregnancy in the first place.

Plan B uses the following methods to prevent pregnancy from developing:

  1. It prevents the body from ovulating so an egg is not released. 
  2. If an egg is released, the medication blocks it from fertilizing.
  3. If an egg is somehow fertilized, the medication prevents the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

The Side Effects of the Morning-After Pill

The morning-after pill is not as harmless as it sounds. There are side effects to know before deciding if you want to take it. Common side effects of Plan B include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Is It Effective?

If taken between 48-72 hours after unprotected sex, the morning-after pill is known as 61% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy. The earlier the morning-after pill is taken, the more effective it will be. If it’s taken 24 hours after unprotected sex, it could be 95% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Some women experience pregnancy even after taking the morning-after pill. If you think this is the case, schedule an appointment to receive a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. 

What if I’m Pregnant?

If you think you are unexpectedly pregnant, we are here for you! We provide free lab-quality pregnancy tests that are 99% accurate.

If you get a positive pregnancy test, our limited ultrasounds go a step further to confirm if you have a viable pregnancy, how far along you are and reveal the location of your pregnancy. We can talk about all your pregnancy options.

Schedule a free appointment today to know what’s next. We can help answer all your questions!