The Morning After Pill … What You Need To Know
If you’ve recently had sex, you may be interested in knowing more about the morning after pill (also often referred to as Plan B or a form of Emergency Contraception).* This is a fairly new drug and pretty accessible. At Collage, we’ve had many girls come to see us recently with concerns about this drug. Most of them have shared that they want more information. So we want to provide you with accurate run down about risks you may experience by taking it.
Why you may be considering taking the morning after pill after unprotected sex:
- I was having sex the condom broke
- I’m really normally careful, but this time things got carried away
- I was drinking too much and forgot about birth control
- I’m on the pill but don’t take it regularly
In order for the morning after pill to be effective, it must to be taken within seventy-two hours after having unprotected sex. If there is any chance you could be pregnant from a previous sexual encounter, we will make every effort to get you in for an appointment within your seventy-two hour window so that you can make an informed decision. But there are several things you should consider before rushing to take any kind of drug.
Things to consider about the morning after pill:
If you’re already pregnant, the morning after pill is not effective and could cause even more complications. We invite you to come into our office, take a deep breath and get a free pregnancy test to confirm that you are in fact not pregnant. Our staff will sit down with you, talk and help you sort things out.
Are there side effects to taking the morning after pill?
Yes, as with any drugs there are side effects and different women react in different ways.
Some side effects include:**
- Menstrual changes
- Lower stomach (abdominal pain)
- Breast Pain
Are there any other risks involved with the morning after pill I should know about?
The morning after pill does not protect you against STDs. If you have had unprotected sex, you are still at a major risk of infection and should be tested. If you are having sex, we invite you to come in and talk with us. Our staff will provide you with additional information, referrals and assist you in making an informed decision about your sexual health.
After your pregnancy test appointment at Collage, if you decide to move forward with taking the morning after pill, we acknowledge that this is your decision. If you need someone to talk to later, to help you process we are still here for you.
We also want to acknowledge that some times you may have had unprotected sex as a result from an assault. If you find yourself in a situation involving sexual assault we recommend that you contact the Grand Island Police, UNK Campus Police or the Kearney Police right away. Also, the Family Advocacy Network is a great resource if you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault. If you think you may be pregnant or you want someone to talk to please contact us.
A Safe Place
While we do not recommend the morning after pill to our clients, we want you to be informed about all of your options. We promise to be a safe place to talk through your decisions without any pressure. Taking a drug of any kind is a pretty big decision, especially one that you maybe considering taking after having sex. We want to walk you through it and help by being a helpful resource.
*Please note that the morning after pill and RU486 are two different drugs. For the purpose of this post, we are only discussing the morning after pill, a drug that is taken after unprotected sex. RU486 ends pregnancy and can only be taken up to 70 days after the first day of your last menstrual period. (This drug is FDA approved for use in women up to 70 days or 10 weeks after their last menstrual period. This note was updated to reflect FDA changes to the number of days after your last menstrual period can be taken.)