After taking Plan B, three things may happen in a woman's body to prevent pregnancy. WebMD explains that Plan B One-Step may prevent or delay ovulation, interfere with fertilization of an egg or prevent implantation of a fertilized egg by changing the uterine lining. Plan B does not cause miscarriage or abortion, and it does not stop fetal development once a fertilized egg implants in the uterus.Know More
According to WebMD, Plan B is a type of over-the-counter emergency contraception. Its dose is a single pill that contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel. The risk of pregnancy is reduced by up to 89 percent when Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. When taken within 24 hours, Plan B is about 95 percent effective.
Plan B is not as effective as regular contraception, and it should not be used as a woman's main form of birth control. A woman should not take Plan B if she knows or suspects she is pregnant, has a history of allergy to any ingredients in Plan B or has a history of abnormal vaginal bleeding that has not been evaluated by a doctor. Side effects that may occur after taking Plan B include nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, vomiting and breast tenderness. The medication may also cause unexpected bleeding and menstrual changes, notes WebMD.Learn more about Birth Control
Birth control pills work by releasing hormones into a woman's body to alter her regular hormonal balance, causing the processes associated with menstruation to fail, according to TeensHealth. Without proper hormone levels, a woman is unable to prepare for pregnancy and a man's sperm has difficulty reaching the uterus.Full Answer >
According to Princeton University, Plan B only protects against pregnancy for 72 hours before and a few hours after taking it. However, the university does say that no one has studied how many hours of protection it provides after taking it.Full Answer >
According to Planned Parenthood, it is possible to end a pregnancy at home by having a medication abortion. This method relies on two different medications to terminate the pregnancy first and then cause the uterus to empty.Full Answer >
There is no guaranteed safe day to avoid pregnancy, but abstinence during ovulation can substantially reduce your chance of becoming pregnant. Use the rhythm method to recognize the days you are most fertile and do not engage in sex before and during those days to avoid pregnancy.Full Answer >