time, i discovered that the condom had come off. The next morning I went to the store in the morning & got the generic Plan B pill. I'm so scared and not ready for another baby just yet! Will the Plan B work for me?
If you are fully breast feeding then you are highly unlikely to conceive.
If not, then Plan B is said to be around 89% effective against pregnancy if taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex. It gradually gets less effective until at the latest point you can take it (72 hours/3 days) it is around 75% effective. unlikely to work for you.
Some people think that Plan B works by making the lining of the uterus unsuitable for pregnancy, or by preventing the sperm meeting the egg, but the Manufacturer's website does not claim this at all.
However, the only way that the Manufacturer states it can be effective, is if it can delay your ovulation. The above figures are based on that.
If you happened to be already ovulating, it is
If you want to better your chances, you can have a coil/IUD fitted by a doctor up to 5 days/120 hours after unprotected sex, to act as emergency contraception. It can also be left in place for longer term contraception.
Women who have already had a baby tend to have less problems with coils/IUDs, so it might be worth considering.
It's likely your next period will be late (if you are having them yet), as Plan B can do that. You might also get some irregular bleeding before that, which is also common. It could be anything from a brown discharge to a proper bleed.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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