Emergency Contraception, also known as Plan B and the Morning After Pill, prevents a woman from becoming pregnant after she has had unprotected vaginal intercourse. According to the FDA, Plan B or the Morning-After Pill are approximately 80% effective if used within 72 hours of unprotected sex. However, the sooner it is taken, the more effective it is in protecting against pregnancy.
Plan B or the Morning-After Pill should not be confused with the Abortion Pill (also known as RU-486, mifepristone, and Mifeprex®) which is used between 5 and 10 weeks after the first day of the last menstrual period. Because Plan B or the Morning-After Pill are used prior to the earliest time of implantation, they are considered to be forms of contraception and NOT methods of abortion.
Plan B or the Morning-After Pill should only be used very occasionally in the event of the failure of other methods of contraception. It is NOT suggested as a method of regular birth control.
Plan B or the Morning-After Pill may not be as effective for obese women. Recent studies have shown that the efficacy of EC pills, such as Plan B One-Step or Next Choice, begins to decline as a woman’s BMI increases. The morning-after pill Ella may be more effective for overweight or obese women.
The most effective choice for emergency contraception for overweight or obese women is the copper IUD or Paragard. The effectiveness of the copper IUD used as EC is greater than 99%, no matter how much you weigh (and it provides at least 10 years of excellent ongoing contraception).
Where to Buy Emergency Contraception / Make Your Own Emergency Contraception
Plan B or the Morning-After Pill are considered very safe and is available in the U.S. to women 18 years or older without at prescription at most pharmacies.
Make your own Emergency Contraception
The following is a list of common oral contraceptives and their dosages that can be used in place of Plan B or the Morning-After Pill.
NOTE: Different oral contraceptives require different dosages.
2 PILLS WITHIN 120 HOURS AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX.
2 MORE PILLS 12 HOURS LATER.
4 PILLS WITHIN 120 HOURS AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX.
4 MORE PILLS 12 HOURS LATER.
5 PILLS WITHIN 120 HOURS AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX.
5 MORE PILLS 12 HOURS LATER.
Don’t see your birth control pill here? For a more detailed list please refer to the following site: http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/dose.html#dose