WHAT IS EMERGENCY
If you had sex without
using birth control or your birth control method failed, this medicine will
reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. It is also called the
morning-after pill. Plan B contains the medicine levonorgestrel, a
progestin hormone. In New Mexico some pharmacists can prescribe Plan B.
Call 1-888-NOT-2-LATE or
online at: www.NOT-2-LATE.com
HOW LONG AFTER SEX DOES IT
It works up to 5 days
after sex but it works better the earlier itís taken after unprotected sex.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?
Plan B is effective
about 89% of the time, which means it prevents 7 out of 8 expected pregnancies
from one act of unprotected sex.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The main way it works is
to stop or delay ovulation (egg release from ovary). Remember even though an
egg lives for only 1 day after ovulation, sperm can live for 3-5 days inside
the uterus and tubes.
WHAT IF IíM ALREADY
Itís possible to have
a very early pregnancy and have a negative pregnancy test. If this is the
case, Emergency Contraception will not harm or interrupt an established
Emergency Contraception Does Not Cause
HOW TO TAKE
For Plan B, take
2 pills as soon as possible up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It can be
used at any time during the menstrual cycle and more than once during the
Plan B has no
known serious complications. Nausea and vomiting may occur but not usually. Repeat the dose if you vomit within 2 hours of taking Plan B. It has no known
effect on a fetus. Return to clinic if you are more than 1 week late for your
period or have other concerns.
TAKING EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION:
Will not cause
your period to start right away, it may start 2-3 days early or late. It does
not cause infertility, will not provide protection for the rest of the cycle
and does not protect from HIV or other sexually transmitted infections (use
condoms if you are at risk). It is not a regular method of birth control.
oral contraceptives (birth control pills) are used instead of Plan B but are a
little less effective and cause more nausea. Combined birth control pills for
EC work about 75% of the time, preventing 6 out of 8 expected pregnancies. There are several different pills that can be used and depending on the type,
2 or 4 pills are taken now and repeated in 12 hours. Repeat the dose if you
vomit within 2 hours of taking. This is safe to use even by women who canít
use pills as a regular method. Side effects such as dizziness, headache,
fatigue, and breast tenderness can occur and resolve by the next day. Take
anti-nausea medicine 1 hour before your first dose. You can take Meclizine 25
mg 1-2 tabs and repeat in 24 hours OR diphenhydramine 25 mg 1-2 tabs and
repeat in 4-6 hours. Anti-nausea medicine can make you sleepy.
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