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A 22-year-old female asked:

As an overweight woman, what should i do for emergency contraception? plan b doesn't work for 176lb+; ella (ulipristal acetate) needs a prescription. tinyurl.com/k49gtjj

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mabria Loqman
Bariatrics 39 years experience
IUD: if you are within 7 days of unprotected intercourse, see your GYN for an Intrauterine contraceptive device. Using an effective contracetive to prevent unplanned pregnancies is always a better choice.
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Plan b: Plan B is better than nothing and can be obtained right now without a prescription. Speed is probably more important than perfect dosing . For the future be aware that oral contraceptive pills are also less effective in obese women. I recommend talking with your GYN about an IUD or implanon, vs higher dose pill and/ or two methods (add condom).
Last updated Sep 24, 2017

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