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
- Lower abdominal pain
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.