Plan B: What You Need to Know
What is Plan B?
Plan B, also known as the “morning after pill” is a form of emergency contraception. Plan B is a drug called levonorgestrel and is intended to be taken by mouth in typically 1 dose within 72 hours after having unprotected sex.
How Does It Work?
Depending on where you are in your cycle, Plan B can:
1) prevent or delay ovulation,
2) interfere with the ovulation of the egg, and
3) it can possibly prevent the implantation of an already fertilized egg in the uterus by altering the lining.
Plan B is not the same as RU486 (the abortion pill). Plan B does not stop the development of a fertilized egg once it’s implanted in the uterus, but may prevent a newly formed life from implanting in the uterus.
What Plan B Doesn’t Do
If you are already pregnant, Plan B does not work. and is not recommended.
If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and have had sexual relations and are concerned about being possibly pregnant, call us! We will make every effort to get you an appointment for a pregnancy test within your 72 hour window, so that you are equipped to make an informed decision.
- Plan B does not keep you from getting pregnant if you have sex after taking the pill
- Plan B does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
- The drug can produce significant side effects including fatigue, nausea, headaches, disruption of normal menstrual flow and abdominal pain.
While Prestonwood Pregnancy Center does not recommend Plan B to our clients, we can provide you with more information about Plan B and more information on all your options. We seek to be a safe place and a resource for you to talk through a difficult pregnancy decision. Please call 972-386-4015 or use our online scheduler to book your appointment.
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