Plan B ® does not cause an abortion if an egg is already fertilized and implanted. Its job is to 1. prevent the release of the egg 2. to change the secretions and movement of the tubes to make the environment difficult for sperm to travel 3. and to change the environment of the endometrium or lining the uterus to prevent implantation of a potentially fertilized egg but it does NOT expel the lining of the uterus
This is the same way regular hormonal birth control works. In general the medical community does not define this as an abortifacient because the egg has not implanted. However, I do understand that some people's personal beliefs may conflict with how the medication may work and therefore choose not to use hormonal medications for this reason.
A lot of people have been concerned on what to do if they have sex and concerned of getting pregnant. There are two options.
1. The copper IUD You must contact physician right away to have it placed. Then can be keep in and used for long term contraception for up to 10 years. You must speak with your doctor to find out whether you are a good candidate for the IUD.
2.The "morning after pill" o Other names are Plan B ®, Plan B ®One-Step, and Next Choice ®. o Now available over the counter at your local pharmacy. (You may need to ask the pharmacist for it). § There may be restrictions like age (if you are under 17 you may need to speak with pharmacist or a physician). o Useful when § You think your contraception has failed § Condom breaks or slips § You didn't take birth control as directed § You didn't use birth control § When you were forced to have sex o It can reduce pregnancy by up to 75% (regular birth control pills are effective from 92-99%) § The sooner you take it the better it works. § Can be taken up to 3 days after sex o This is just the same medication found in birth control pills but at different doses. o Treatment may be with 1 or 2 pills o Some manufacturers even have coupons on their website.
- It is not a replacement for long term contraception
- It is does not stop a pregnancy that has already taken place. So it does not abort a current pregnancy.
- Does NOT prevent transmission of any sexually transmitted diseases
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