Wondering about Plan B?
Published on: June 01, 2024
by: Gateway Staff
Abortion Information | Pregnancy Decisions | Pregnancy Support

Heard of Plan B but still not completely sure about how it works? Let’s break it down. Plan B is an emergency contraceptive – drugs and products used to prevent pregnancy or prevent the implantation of a new pregnancy (embryo).

Since sperm can live inside your body for up to six to seven days after intercourse, it is possible to get pregnant days after having sex. Plan B is a large dose of birth control medication taken after sex and can work in 3 ways:

  • Preventing the egg from being released (ovulation)
  • Preventing the sperm from fertilizing the egg (fertilization)
  • Preventing an embryo (fertilized egg) from implanting in the uterus (implantation) by cutting off nourishment to the embryo.  In this way, Plan B acts as an abortifacient (producing an abortion).

As with most medications, there are documented side effects to be aware of.  If you have symptoms that persist for more than 48 hours or are severe, see your healthcare professional.

It’s good to visit your doctor within 3 weeks after taking Plan B or other emergency contraceptives. A doctor should confirm that you are not pregnant, and that this medicine has not caused any harmful effects.

Plan B is a single dose medication. You should never give yourself additional doses.

What if I still get pregnant?

If you are having any symptoms of pregnancy or have a positive pregnancy test after taking Plan B, we can help you decide your next steps. Our caring and supportive team will perform a lab-quality pregnancy test and help you understand all your pregnancy options. If your pregnancy test is positive, you may qualify for a free ultrasound to verify viability and see if proper implantation has occurred.

If you’re thinking of an abortion as a pregnancy option for you, Gateway Women’s Care will provide free pre-abortion services including ultrasound and the education required in our state prior to any procedure.

Call Gateway Women’s Care and talk with one of our trained medical professionals to get the help and information you’re seeking.

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