FAQ on Emergency Contraceptives
It is a single pill you take by mouth. It must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure to help prevent pregnancy. The sooner you take it, the better it works.
It is for a woman who has had unprotected sex or birth control failure within the last 72 hours (3 days) and wants help preventing pregnancy. The sooner it's taken, the better it works.
What is the Effectiveness Statistics of Emergency Contraceptive?
Remember that the Effectiveness of Emergency Contraceptive is directly related as to when the medicine was taken. The effectiveness goes down with every day that passes. As per study in US, if taken within 24 hours, 95% effectivity. If taken between 25 to 48 hours, 85%. Within 48 to 72 hours, 58% effective. If above 5 days, only 25% effective.
How will I know if it worked?
You’ll know it worked when you get your next period, which should come at the expected time or within a week of that time. If your period is more than a week late, do take a pregnancy test.
When is it not appropriate to use Emergency Contraceptive?
- If you're already pregnant, because it won't work
- If you're allergic to levonorgestrel
- In place of regular birth control, because it’s not as effective
- If you're male
It should not be taken as regular birth control. It is s not as effective as using a regular birth control method correctly and consistently. It is a backup method to be taken if your regular birth control fails, or if you have sex without birth control.
If you have unprotected sex after taking Emergency Contraceptive, it will not prevent you from getting pregnant.
How often can I use Emergency Contraceptive?
It should only be taken when emergency contraception is needed (when your primary birth control method fails or you forget to use birth control). You can take it when you need it, but remember that it should never replace regular methods of birth control, as it isn't as effective.
What is the difference between PLAN B and MY WAY?
Plan B and My Way have the same ingredient. The only difference is the branding. Plan B is branded and My Way is generic. Generally the rule of the thumb is, if you are brand conscious go for Plan B. If you are price conscious, go with My Way.
What are the side effects?
As with any medicine, Emergency Contraceptive Pill has side effect. Most common are earlier or later period, likewise it can be heavier or lighter. One may also experience Nausea, Cramping, Vomiting and Breast Tenderness.
Is there any age restriction as to who may take Emergency Contraceptives?
Just as long as you have your period, Emergency Contraceptive can be taken already.
Do I need a prescription for this?
No, we don't require prescription from any Physicians, Doctors or OBGyne.
Can breastfeeding women use this product?
Yes, you can use Plan B when you are breastfeeding. In general, no harmful effects have been found in breastfeeding performance or on the health, growth, or development of the infant.
What mediciations are not allowed after taking Emergency Contraceptive Pill?
Medications that may make Plan B less effective include: barbiturates, carbamazepine, felbamate
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