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What is Plan B – the Morning After Pill?

Are you thinking of taking the Morning After Pill (MAP) or Plan B and have questions?

First, The Morning After Pill (MAP), also known as Plan B One-Step® is not effective in ending an already existing pregnancy.To make sure you are not already pregnant from a previous sexual encounter Next Step Pregnancy Solutions and Services can provide you with a free laboratory quality pregnancy test.  Stop in or contact us to learn more about how we can assist you.

 

How does it work?

The MAP can delay or prevent ovulation, which is the release of an egg from the ovary.Even though sperm can fertilize an egg within minutes after intercourse, the MAP can prevent the egg from being fertilized, if taken within 72-hours3, by altering the lining of the uterus, which would cause an early abortion.4

 

Some important information you should know 

  • Overtime, the repeated use of emergency contraception can increase the failure rate.5
  • Some side effects that could result from taking MAP are changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headaches and dizziness.7
  • Taking this medication will not protect you from any sexually transmitted diseases.8
  • The MAP should not be used as routine birth control.9

 

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

Let us help clear up some of your questions by stopping in and taking a free pregnancy test and speaking with our qualified and caring staff.  Call 226-7007 or after office hours at 1-800-712-4357

 

We’re here to listen.  We’re here for you.

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

References:
  1. Plan B One-Step® product information on page 2, 5.2 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  2. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 4, 12.1 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  3. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 4, 12.1 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  4. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 4, 12.1 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  5. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 6, 14 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  6. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 1at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  7. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 2, 6.1 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  8. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 2, 5.4 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []
  9. Plan B One-Step® product information, page 2, 1 at: http://www.planbonestep.com/pdf/PlanBOneStepFullProductInformation.pdf (Accessed June 26, 2013) []