Emergency Contraception: Morning After Pill
(Plan B/After Pill/Take Action/My Way/Next Choice)
Before taking Emergency Contraception (EC), you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you've had a positive pregnancy test and educate you on your choices.
What is it?
Emergency Contraception (EC) is commonly known as the "morning after pill". It is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Brands of EC are Plan B, After Pill, Take Action, My Way or Next Choice. The EC pill is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as RU-486.
How Does it Work
Pills like Plan B are believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.
Things to consider
* Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
* EC does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
* The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.
* The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.
Source: Manufacturer's Prescribing Information for Plan B ( Levonorgestrel ) tablets, 0.75 mg. Mfg. by Gedeo Richter, Ltd. Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pomona, NY 10970. Revised Feb 2004. BR-038/21000382503
Before taking RU486, or Abortion pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you've had a positive pregnancy test and educate you on your choices.
What is it?
RU-486, also known as "the abortion pill" is actually a combination of two drugs--mifepristone and misoprostol--that cause early abortion. It should not be used if it has been more than 10 weeks or 70 days or less since your last period. It is NOT the same as the the "morning after pill."
How Does It Work?
The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. Based on the physician's instructions the second pill, misoprostol, can be taken orally or may be inserted into the vagina 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.
Things to Consider
An Ru-46 abortion requires 3 visits to a health care provider.
* The FDA encourages a follow up visit with a healthcare provider 7-14 days after taking the abortion pill.
* Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within 2 weeks, but some can take up to 3 or even 4 weeks.
* Side effects include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramping.
* If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.
Kaiser Family Foundation, Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option.: July 2001.
Mifeprex Medicaton Guide, Daco Laboratories, LLC, revised 7/19/05