Yes, You Can Take Plan B All of the Time and Be FINE!
Plan B became available in 1999, but only by RX. Fast forward to 2006 it became available over the counter for ages 18+. However, in 24 states it was legal for a pharmacist to refuse to give a person the “morning after pill” due to their religious beliefs. Though it was seemingly readily available, it really wasn’t, and forget about it being an option if you don’t have at least $40 (in most cases). Believe it or not, many of these roadblocks still exist to date; add on the lack of education around this magic baby-be-gone pill and we’re really setting women up for disaster.
What is Plan B??
The “morning after pill” got its name from its users having sex the night prior and seeking it out in the morning. Really, it’s no different than your traditional birth control pill other than a significantly higher dose of estrogen and progestin (or progestin only, depending on the pill you take). The morning after pills and birth control aren’t “the abortion pill,” contrary to a commonly misguided belief.
To explain how Plan B REALLY works, let’s check out this graphic for a brief anatomy lesson:
During ovulation (around every 28 days) the ovary releases an egg which travels into the oviduct and if fertilized it will attach to the uterine wall; if not, menstruation occurs. Conception is the instance in which a sperm connects with an egg (just like the moment when you match with that hottie on tinder.) Now instead of it being an egg, it’s a zygote and it will continue its journey of about 3 days to the uterine wall. By day 6, it’s now called a “blastocyst” and will start to bury itself into the wall, AKA “implantation.”
How does Plan B fit into this Louis and Clark type of excursion?
So, taking a birth control pill with estrogen or progesterone creates an effect which mimics this result of pregnancy.
Without ovulation, no fertilization can happen. Plan B has this effect, just as a lower dose of a traditional birth control, but it also does a couple more things. Plan B can stop a fertilized egg from moving into the uterus and it can also cause your uterus to shed or alter the lining in a way which prevents implantation.
Now you know how Plan B works, but how do you take it?
With water, and within 72 hours from when the sperm entered you.
Where do you get it?
What happens after you take it?
You might experience:
- Lower abdominal cramps
- Breast tenderness
- A period that is lighter, heavier, early, or late
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But what happens when Plan B starts to become Plan A?
(Meaning you need to take it more than once or you begin to rely on it because you’re not using another method of birth control.)
Well, simply put: it’s fine. It’s not great to be taking that many hormones because it can cause those symptoms above, but there is NO evidence that taking multiple doses of Plan B can alter your fertility or reproductive organs.
Why do people always say that it’s not good for you?
Or that it’s not as affective as taking birth control?
Because once again, simply, it’s not as affective as taking the pill or a long term birth control like the IUD. According to Plan B’s website, the morning after pill works 7/8 times which is only 87% of the time, where the IUD is 99% effective.
In short: preventative birth control is always better than being in a jam last-minute, but plan b is perfect for those jams when they do occur. But, just throwing it out there, only condoms can help prevent STIs.