plan b? morning after pill?
If you recently had unprotected sex or your chosen method of contraception failed, you might be worried about an unplanned pregnancy and curious about emergency contraception; in Canada, this is usually known as Plan B or the “morning after pill”.
Emergency contraceptive pills can work in one of three ways, depending on where you are at in your menstrual cycle:
1) delaying or inhibiting ovulation
2) inhibiting sperm from meeting or fertilizing an egg
3) inhibiting implantation of an already fertilized egg in the uterus
Remember, emergency contraception is not 100% effective against preventing pregnancy, doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections, and there are potential risks and side effects to consider.
If you are unsure about your decision to use emergency contraception or would like to talk to someone about your situation, we are here for you.
I already took Plan B, but I’m still worried that I might be pregnant…
If your period is more than seven days late, was much lighter than normal or you haven’t gotten your period within three weeks of taking an emergency contraceptive, it’s possible that you might be pregnant.
We provide free pregnancy tests and a safe place to talk, if needed. Call us today or drop by our Surrey centre.
Disclaimer: Our centre does not provide Plan B. This site is an informational tool only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or replace care from a qualified medical practitioner.