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Emergency Contraception ...is it right for me?

Only 8 out of 100 women will become pregnant after a single act of intercourse in mid-cycle (when ovulation occurs).

The intended purpose of emergency contraception is to prevent conception (pregnancy). However, if conception does occur, some women may be sensitive to the knowledge that emergency contraception may also “cast-off” or prevent a fertilized egg (where the genetic make-up of a baby is scientifically established, including the gender, hair and eye color from implanting in the uterus.

All forms of emergency contraception have the potential to alter the uterine lining preventing a fertilized egg from implanting. When this occurs, it is not considered a contraceptive effect, but rather an abortifacient, causing an early abortion.

Before ingesting a chemically-based emergency contraception, you may want to consider pregnancy testing to avoid the unnecessary risks associated with emergency contraception.

The medical team at Southside Pregnancy Center can discuss general reproductive health with you…Before You Decide. Free and confidential pregnancy testing is available.

Morning After Pill (MAP); A.K.A. Plan B One-Step

What is Plan B One-Step?

Plan B One-StepTM (Morning-After Pill) is intended to prevent pregnancy after a known or suspected contraceptive failure, unprotected intercourse or forced sex. It is not the same as RU-486, a medication abortion pill.

How does it work?

MAP/Plan B contains large amounts of levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone found in some birth control pills. It may work by preventing the egg and sperm from meeting by delaying ovulation; it won’t disrupt an implanted pregnancy, but may prevent an early conception (or newly formed life) from implanting in the uterus.

Plan B One-StepTM consists of one pill taken within 72 hours of sex.

What are Plan B Possible Side Effects?

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Menstrual changes
  • Nausea
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

 

If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant from a prior sexual encounter. Plan B One-Step™ should not be taken during pregnancy nor used as a routine form of birth control. There is evidence that Plan B One-Step™ use may increase the risk for ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, a potentially life-threatening condition. Women who have severe abdominal pain may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical help.

It is reported that Plan B One-Step™ prevents an average of 84% of expected pregnancies.

There are no long-term studies on the safety of Plan B One-Step™ in women under 17, after repeated use or effects on future fertility.

Ella ®

What is Ella?

Ella® (ulipristal) is an FDA-approved emergency contraceptive for use within 5 days of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Pregnancy from a previous sexual encounter should be ruled out before taking ella®. It is to be used only once during a menstrual cycle. It is estimated that taking ella® will reduce the number of expected pregnancies from 5.5% to 2%.

How does it work?

Ella® may reduce the chance of pregnancy by preventing or postponing ovulation. It also may work by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, which is a form of early abortion. Ella® is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex. Both share the progesterone-blocking effect of disrupting the embryo’s attachment to the womb, causing its demise.

What are ella’s® Possible Side Effects?

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common adverse reactions of ella® include:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Dizziness

Women who experience abdominal (stomach) pain three to five weeks after using ella® should be evaluated right away for an ectopic pregnancy.

Much is unknown about the drug, including its effect on women who are:

  • Under 18 or over 35 years of age
  • Taking other hormonal contraception
  • Pregnant from a previous encounter,
  • Taking ella® repeatedly during the same cycle, or are breast-feeding.

Estrogen & Progestin Pills

This method of emergency contraception uses birth control pills (containing both estrogen and progestin hormones) taken in much higher concentrations than found in a normal daily dose.

What are Estrogen & Progestin Pills Side Effects?

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Breast tenderness

Adverse effects associated with methods using combination pills include:

  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

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