When normal methods of birth control fail, it’s best to have an emergency backup ready at hand. Enter Plan B: the emergency contraception pill, also known as the “morning after” pill. If a condom breaks or you’re otherwise worried about unprotected sex, Plan B will prevent 75-89% of unplanned pregnancies if taken in the three days after sex.
Is Emergency Contraception With Plan B safe?
Plan B works by releasing a hormone called levonorgestrel, a lab-made version of progesterone, into your body to delay ovulation and prevent implantation of any eggs into the uterine wall. It may have mild side effects such as an upset stomach or dizziness, but the most common is a change in your period, which may become lighter or heavier, or occur off its normal schedule. Though Plan B should not be used regularly or long-term, it is perfectly safe for occasional pregnancy prevention.
According to Dr. Jennifer Berman, “Almost half of women surveyed have taken Plan B, or another form of emergency contraception.” For more information on Plan B, see the full article at https://bestlifeonline.com/how-plan-b-works/ or visit Berman Sexual Health to discuss pregnancy prevention with Dr. Berman, a recognized expert in women’s sexual health.