So my boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship and will finally be seeing each other for four days in about a weeks time. Obviously we know there is always a risk of pregnancy over all, but how effective is Plan B with birth control? Also if I take Plan B the morning after the first night, how protected will we be the next few nights?
Plan B provides no further protection in the days after it is taken and I have to say that Plan B is only considered to be around 80% effective (hence its use as an emergency measure) compared with up to 99.5% plus for regular birth control. Plan B postpones ovulation for about three days but you do not ovulate on regular hormonal birth control so it makes taking it a pointless measure. If you are concerned about you regular birth control not being safe enough you should consider using condoms as the combination will virtually eliminate the chance of a pregnancy. Knowing where you are in your cycle as in regards to your ovulation date (although you do not ovulate on regular birth control) should also be a determining factor when choosing the correct emergency birth control should it ever be needed (like missing your regular birth control for a day or two depending on which pill it is). Ulipristal acetate (Ella) would be a better choice (taken on the last night after sex) as it is also not a prophylactic measure but can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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