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Is Plan B Bad For You?

Also Known As: morning-after pill, levonorgestrel, emergency contraception drug



Short answer

Plan B is safe for most. Only in rare cases – in which a person may be allergic, hypersensitive, or have overdosed - is the pill harmful. Plan B should also be used only in emergency situations, as it is not a form of birth control.



Long answer

The Plan B pill is an effective way of reducing the risk of pregnancy after having unprotected sex. When used properly as intended, there is almost no danger - side effects are uncommon and usually not serious. The pill is intended as a last resort in pregnancy prevention and not as a form of birth control. It should be used only in cases where there is suspicion of pregnancy after having had sex. In order for the pill to be effective, it must be taken within 72 hours of having sex. If taken within 24 hours, then the effectiveness rate is 95% as compared to 89%. The second dose must be taken within 12 hours of the first dose.

How does it work? Plan B contains 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel, which is a female hormone used to prevent ovulation. Additionally, the pill alters the uterine lining so that sperm cannot enter to fertilize the egg. It is also important to note that if you are already pregnant you should not take Plan B, as it is not meant to terminate pregnancy.

Side effects may include some discomfort, including abdominal pain, headache, and fatigue. If you experience dizziness, nausea, vaginal bleeding, and/or start vomiting, you should call your doctor immediately. Used properly and as an emergency drug instead of a go-to contraceptive device, the plan B pill is safe, easy to use, and most of the time effective.

Possible short-term side effects

  • abdominal pain
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vaginal bleeding
  • breast tenderness

Ingredients to be aware of

  • levonorgestrel

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  • prevents pregnancy

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Written by Jeff Volling | 12-29-2015

Written by Jeff Volling
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