The Morning After Pill or Plan B

What Is The Morning After Pill?

The morning after pill also known as “Plan B” is a form of emergency contraceptive that is generally used after unprotected sex.

This pill is usually taken as soon as possible and no later than 72 hours after unprotected sex

The morning after pill contains a high dosage of the hormone progestin. The dosage contained in the pill is equivalent to taking a double dosage of an oral contraceptive.

The morning after pill contains a dosage of chemicals strong enough to cause a chemical abortion and possibly other effects on the mother including interference with her menstrual cycle and/or nausea. The nausea is often strong enough that women must also take an anti-nausea pill with each morning after pill.

If the morning after pill is taken and it turns out that the woman is not pregnant the pill can still affect her body in ways such as interfering with her menstrual cycle.

How Does The Morning After Pill Work?

The pill functions according to where you are within your menstrual cycle.

If taken one or two days before ovulation, the morning after pill will prevent ovulation.

The pill acts by altering the lining within the uterus such that the embryo does not implant itself and is then discarded during a menstrual cycle.

What are the Side Effects?

These side effects may vary between women and may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Reminder this pill is not recommended for women who smoke, have a history of genital tract or breast cancer, are diabetic, suffer from severe migraines, or have any diseases that affect that liver, kidney or heart.

* This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.