I wrote my last question wrong ..
19 Apr 2012
Hi there Ngis...
I can sure understand your stress and duress over this. I am glad that you re-stated your question. For the most part 72 hours is considered the latest time for the Plan B pills to work and still be as effective. The optimal time is within 24 hours... that is why it is referred to as the "morning after" pill. Is there a chance??? Yes, there is always the risk if it isn't taken as recommended.
Don't get too excited yet, okay??? It is also stated that the outside time for effectiveness is 5 days, but not to count on that to be as reliable as within 24 hours of unprotected sex. It is also suggested that you take a pregnancy test if you miss your next scheduled period and to likewise contact your doctor.
I am providing you with this additional, general information which pretty much lays out how this form of "emergency contraception" works.
"Overall, emergency contraception is very effective. Emergency contraception is often called the “morning after pill,” but while within the first 24 hours is ideal, and 72 hours is an often-cited time-frame, five days is the true limit—bearing in mind that with some methods, success becomes less likely closer to five days.
The least effective method is the combined progestin/estrogen method (large doses of birth control pills, taken 12 hours apart). This will prevent roughly three-quarters of the pregnancies that would statistically otherwise occur, and its effectiveness diminishes after 24 hours.
The progestin pills—Plan B, Plan B One-Step, Next Choice—will prevent up to 95 percent of pregnancies when taken in the first 24 hours after sex, but up to 120 hours their effectiveness is reduced (though still higher than the progestin/estrogen method).
The progesterone receptor pill Ella is more effective than either of the previous options, and its effectiveness does not decrease between 72 and 120 hours, but its prescription requirement means factoring in degree of access to a physician and the drug's local availability.
IUDs are also almost completely effective up to the five-day limit, but must be implanted by a healthcare professional, which may delay treatment."
Have you thought about your options going forward??? What do you think would be the best means of protection for you??? Just some food for thought so that you don't go through this again. This is a good time to talk with your partner. There are many options available and not just for you... he has options as well. I hope you can talk with your partner freely and openly...
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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