The Morning After Pill
What is the Morning After Pill?
The Morning After Pill, or “Plan B”, is a large dose of oral contraceptive. The primary purpose of the pill is to act as an emergency contraceptive by preventing the ovulation, fertilization or the implantation of a fertilized egg.
How does the Morning After Pill work?
The morning after pill is NOT an abortion pill (The abortion pill is called RU486 and is a medical abortion). It won’t work if you are already pregnant. It is another form of birth control and prevents a pregnancy from occurring. Morning after pills work by temporarily stopping your ovary from releasing an egg, so that the sperm from intercourse cannot attach to the egg and cause a pregnancy. The morning after pill causes you not to ovulate if taken correctly.
Some Things to Consider:
The Morning After Pill is not effective if you know you are already pregnant.
Common side effects of taking the morning after pill include nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache and menstrual changes.
Manufacturers recommend not using Plan B as routine use as a contraceptive.
Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Our clinics do not provide Plan B but can provide you with information about the emergency contraceptive and if it’s right for you. We will provide you with a free lab-certified pregnancy test. You will have results during your appointment.