Plan B One-step is a medication intended to prevent Pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse.
Emergency Contraceptive is a medication that can be taken to help prevent pregnancy.
It has also been known as the “morning after pill” because the goal is to be able to take this medication after sexual activity to prevent a pregnancy.
Plan B is different than most Emergency Contraceptive medications.
Plan B only has progestin while most Emergency Contraceptives have both Progestin and Estrogen.
The goal is not to terminate an existing pregnancy.
Typical contraceptive medication is taken prior to sexual activity – sometimes for months to prevent the body from getting pregnant.
Other forms of contraception can be used at the time of sexual intercourse and may include condom or spermicides or barrier protection.
Plan B – is a packaged instructions with two pills that can be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual activity.
- The first tablet should be taken within the 72 hours
- The second table should be taken 12 hours after the first tablet.
Levonogestrel is the medication that is within the white tablet. It is typically dosed at 0.75mg.
It is believed that the pills are more effective the sooner they are taken after intercourse.
Some studies have shown that both doses can be taken together up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.
If you are 17 years or older – the medication can be Over-the-counter.
If you are 16 or younger – a prescription is required.
It is likely that Plan B will be available to all ages without a prescription at some time in the near future.
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