The “morning after pill”, also known as Plan B (Levonorgestrel), is a large dose of oral contraceptive. The “pill” is actually two tablets, one taken within 72 hours after intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as the Abortion Pill (RU-486).
Plan B acts as an emergency contraceptive, by preventing ovulation or fertilization. It may also inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun. There is also a contraceptive called Plan B 1 Step, which is one pill instead of two.
Emergency contraception such as Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections. It should be noted that emergency contraception is not a means to cure any form of STD/STI.
Plan B is a pill contraception that is intended to avoid potential pregnancy, so it is important to confirm you are not pregnant before taking this emergency contraception option. Obria does not provide emergency contraception but can provide you with contraception education and pregnancy testing. Contact one of our Obria Medical Clinic locations to schedule an appointment.