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What is the morning-after pill?

Emergency Contraception (also known as the morning-after pill) such as Plan B One-Step™ and ella™ are used by many women to prevent pregnancy when they believe that contraception may have failed or after unprotected sex

Plan B™ can be used within 72 hours of sex.  It is most likely to work when taken as soon as possible after sex. There are three ways that the morning-after pill works and there is no way of knowing how it may work in your case.

  • It can work by keeping a woman from ovulating
  • It can prevent sperm from fertilizing an already released egg
  • It may prevent an already fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus

Side effects from using the morning after pill can include nausea, cramping, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and more.  Research shows that the morning after pill will not disrupt an implanted pregnancy, but it is important to make sure you are not already pregnant before taking it. For a free pregnanct test please contact one of our caring staff members. 

Ella™ is a newer emergency contraceptive that can be used to prevent pregnancy within 5 days of unprotected sex or after failed contraception.  Again, it is important to take a pregnancy test before using ella™ to make sure that you are not already pregnant.  Ella™ works very similarly to Plan B™, but it is chemically very similar to the abortion pill because it is a progesterone-blocking medicine.  Possible side effects of ella™ are the same as Plan B™. 

Emergency contraception or the morning-after pill should not be used repeatedly during the same menstrual cycle.  Also, emergency contraception is not 100% effective.  If you are still concerned about pregnancy after taking ella™ or Plan B One-Step™, please contact us to schedule a free and confidential pregnancy test appointment.

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