What is Plan B/The Morning-After Pill?

Many people call it Plan B, and others call it “the morning-after pill.” This over-the-counter drug is used to prevent an undesired pregnancy. It’s directed to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It’s important to note that Plan B does not terminate a pregnancy but prevents the body from beginning to develop pregnancy.

How Does Plan B Work?

You should know how Plan B works before moving forward with your decision. Plan B works to prevent a pregnancy from developing after unprotected sex by…

  • Stopping the body from ovulating so an egg is not released
  • If an egg is released, the medication blocks it from being fertilized
  • If an egg is fertilized, the medication will prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus

Plan B is most effective when taken as soon as possible. It’s most effective when taken 24 hours after unprotected sex, with a 95% success rate. But if it’s taken between 48-72 hours after unprotected sex, it’s only 61% effective. You may end up getting pregnant.

If you’re not sure if Plan B worked, confirm your pregnancy at our center today with a free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasound appointment. We are here to help you get the clarity you need to move forward.

What are the side effects?

Plan B is not just as easy as taking a pill and calling it done. There are side effects to taking Plan B, including pain in the abdomen, heavy bleeding, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, and headaches. 

Talk to our team today with any questions you may have! You are not alone in any step of your journey.