Emergency Contraception

Before taking Emergency Contraception, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment where one of our staff will be available to discuss emergency contraception with you, confirm your pregnancy status and advise you of your options.

There are two common forms of emergency contraception that you should be aware of. Be sure you have medically accurate information about them – for your safety, for your health.


Morning after Pill
The morning after pill, also known as Plan B One-Step®, contains the same hormone as regular birth control pills, but the dosage prescribed is several times the strength of a daily birth control pill. It is NOT the same as RU-486.


Things to consider

  • Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
  • Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.
Plan B One-Step® prevents pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, preventing fertilization of an egg or by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. Plan B One-Step® will not affect a fertilized egg that is already attached to the uterus; it will not affect an existing pregnancy.

The side effects with Plan B One-Step® include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Menstrual changes
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness

Source: Plan B One-Step®
Source: WebMD, Drugs & Medications


Ella
ella® is an FDA-approved emergency contraceptive for use within five days of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Pregnancy from a previous sexual encounter should be ruled out before taking ella®. Stop in for a free pregnancy test to verify your pregnancy status.  It is to be used only once during a menstrual cycle. It is estimated that taking ella® may reduce the number of expected pregnancies from 5.5% to 2%. ella® may reduce the chance of pregnancy by preventing or postponing ovulation or by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
The most common adverse reactions of ella® include headache, nausea, stomach pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue and dizziness.

Source: WebMD, Drugs & Medications

Be informed, be safe, be healthy

This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.