Are you experiencing possible pregnancy symptoms? Did you have unprotected sex and are worried about pregnancy? Here’s what to know about how Plan B works and the risks. There are some things you should know about this form of emergency contraception.

What Is Plan B?

Also called the morning-after pill, Plan B is not the same as the abortion pill. It is an emergency contraceptive that prevents pregnancy while the abortion pill terminates a pregnancy that has been implanted. It should not be used as a primary method of birth control.

Plan B contains a synthetic form of the hormone progestin called levonorgestrel. This hormone delays or prevents ovulation. It could also prevent fertilization, but is not effective once the egg is fertilized.

Plan B may prevent pregnancy if it is taken within 5 days after sex. Again, it will not work if you’re already pregnant. There is also a chance Plan B can fail if not taken correctly.

What Are the Risks?

Plan B has many side effects that may last days or more depending on your body. If considering this type of emergency contraception, make sure you are not pregnant first.

Some Side effects of Plan B include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramps

Confirm If You’re Pregnant

Before deciding what to do next, you will need to confirm if you are already pregnant. Schedule a pregnancy confirmation appointment with us to get clarity. At Ridgeway Women’s Clinic, we provide you with an on-site, free pregnancy test and more if it comes back positive.

Here’s what you can expect at your Pregnancy Confirmation appointment: 

  1. Pregnancy Testing & Ultrasound
  2. STI Testing & Treatment
  3. Options & Resources

We are here for you. Talk to us today to get help navigating through this challenging time.