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Plan B? The Morning After Pill

Thoughtful GirlPlan B® One-Step, or Levenorgestrel, is an extremely high dosage of chemical hormones.  
It contains the same chemical hormones found in some types of birth control, plus, you may not even need it.  You can only get pregnant on certain days of the month – around the time that you ovulate.  Typically, there are only about three to five days a month in which a woman can get pregnant.  Unfortunately, most women looking for the morning-after pill are panicked because they think (or perceive) the clock is ticking, and as a result they don’t take the time to evaluate their situation.  If you weren’t fertile when you had sex because you were nowhere near ovulation, it is unnecessary to take the drug.  It will only subject you to the possible side effects of nausea and vomiting and put unnecessary hormones in your body.

Women who are considering Plan B® do not always know where they are in their cycle or if they are fertile, so they rush and spend money on a drug that they don’t need and that may harm their bodies.

Women who have a known or suspected pregnancy should not take the morning-after pill, according to the manufacturers of Plan B®.  Have you taken a pregnancy test?  Our counselors are available to talk with you about your concerns.  Call us at 239.262.6381 or book your appointment online for a free pregnancy test at our clinic.

Know the Risks Associated with the Morning-After Pill
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There is evidence that Plan B® use may increase the risk for ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, a potentially life-threatening condition. Women who have a tubal pregnancy may experience irregular vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain and dizziness. These symptoms are identical to those expected with the use of Plan B®.

It is critical that anyone who has the above symptoms after using Plan B® see a physician.

Methods using a combination of pills containing both estrogen and progestin have been associated with:

  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

How Does It Work?
 It may work in the following ways:

  • May prevent or delay ovulation (release of egg from cervix)
  • May affect the sperm and tube transport to prevent the egg from being fertilized
  • May alter the uterine lining which prevents the fertilized egg from attaching, resulting in an early abortion.

There is no way to know which way the drug is working in any one person. The Morning After Pill does not affect a pregnancy that has attached to the uterus or one that has attached inside the fallopian tube (ectopic). It is advisable to take a pregnancy test before considering The Morning After Pill.

The Morning After Pill does not prevent the spread of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections).



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