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What Is The Difference Between The Plan B Emergency Contraceptive And Regular Birth Control Pills
What is the difference between the Plan B emergency contraceptive and regular birth control pills?
Mechanisms differ: Plan b is levonorgestrel. It alters the tubes to prevent passage of the eggs and sperm and prevent fertilization. It also alters the endometrium to prevent implantation. Birth control pills usually contain an estrogen and a progesterone. They suppress LH and FSH to prevent ovulation. They also alter the cervical mucous to prevent sperm from entering. ...Read more
Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more
I took emergency contraceptive two weeks in a row now I've been bleeding for almost 2 weeks. Can I take birth control pills to stop the bleeding?
You can but...: You can utilize the oral contraceptive, but Plan B was a hormonal product as well which is why you are having withdrawal bleeding. Consider "riding this bleeding out" and allow the body to reset on its' own. By the way, use a alternative non hormonal contraceptive until this period passes next month. ...Read more
Yes but not exactly: Over the counter emergency birth control is available without a prescription. Otherwise, if you already have birth control pills, see: http://www. Not-2-late. Com for options. Of how to take regular bc pills for emergency. It's not exactly a double dose, and depends on which pill you have already. ...Read more
ECP: You can continue to use your oral contraceptives as normal even if you have used an emergency contraceptive pill. ...Read more
Should I take emergency contraceptive if I've been on birth control pills for 10 days and had unprotected sex? I thought after 7 days was effective.
You decide: The pill is designed to work by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs. To do that the pill provides a baseline level of hormone to keep it from happening. Some companies state their pill is effective after a week, but many OBGYNS suggest backup BC for the first month until your body gets accustomed to the pill. The choice is yours. ...Read more
I had unprotected sex but took all my birth control pills correctly, I had sex again and used emergency contraceptive but my breasts hurt, what does?
High hormone levels: Emergency bc and regular birth control have hormones. Too high levels of hormones cause side effects. Sounds to me as if you don't trust your pills. If u take every day, if you miss. Consider long acting options of iud and implant. They're the most effective and easy! ...Read more
Is it harder on the female body to take 1-2 Plan B pills /month, or take regular birth control pills, from a hormonal perspective?
Could taking Plan B exactly one month ago cause the effectiveness of my regular birth control pills to be lower now?
I am on regular birth control pills. I took Plan B the first day of my placebo week because of condom failure. Could Plan B make me miss my period?
Maybe: If you were taking the birth control pills regularly it is very unlikely that you would become pregnant...Even with a broken condom. The condom is helping very little with your contraception but using a condom can be a good way to prevent some stds, not all. Plan b could alter your period. Just begin your next pill cycle on the correct day. Get a pregnancy test done to prove you are not pregnant. ...Read more
I was off birth control pills for a month. In the first week of starting my pills again I had sex will my bc be effective or should I take plan b?
Uncertain: I don't know which oral contraceptive you are taking. You can check on-line to see how long it takes your particular birth control to be effective. Or your pharmacist can advise you. Depending on this info, you can make the decision as to whether or not, it would be productive to take Plan B One Step. ...Read more
I forgot to take my birth control pills at 6:30 yesterday it's been 24 hours. Can I take a Plan B since I had unprotected sex in between the time? .
I don't normally take birth control. But I had unprotected sex and was told if I take 3 birth control pills it works like plan b? Is this true? How?
Not exactly: Some pills are designed to be emergency contraception pills (those work best). Regular birth control pills have various hormones in them, and SOME types of those pills can be taken to try to prevent a pregnancy. One can also get an IUD, which works well as emergency contraception (ask one's Ob-Gyn doctor). A reference table can be found at: http://ec. Princeton. Edu/questions/dose. Html#dose ...Read more
Should I continue the rest of my birth control pills after taking plan b? I have about two weeks left. Only took it because I might have missed a day
Would taking Plan B right after sex as a precaution while on birth control pills cause me to ovulate?
Can plan b cause you to ovulate even if you're on birth control pills because of the decrese in hormones after 120hrs?
No: If you are on birth control then there is no reason to be taking Plan B. Plan B is for those who are not on birth control to take after having sex. Using Plan B would not make the birth control pills less effective it is just not necessary to take Plan B when you were already protected in the first place ...Read more
Is it necessary to take Plan B when on birth control pills? Or is safer to just trust my bc pills? I've been on it for 3 months and take it perfectly
Oral contraceptives: When taken consistently and correctly would be sufficient. You don't need to take an emergency contraceptive in this scenariol. ...Read more
Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you would get pregnant which is obviously what you are asking taking both Plan B and birth control pills correctly but, if you are taking your pills correctly, there is no reason to take Plan B. It would be better to use condoms and decrease the risk of STDs in addition to increasing the contraceptive effectiveness. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I am on birth control pills and took Plan B today. Are there any bad side effects? Should I be worried?
I ejaculated in my gf 2 nights ago, but she's on birth control pills and she took a Plan B after just to be safe?
Took birth control pills perfectly but got nervous. Took Plan B without real need to. Protected for rest of month if I keep taking bc pills every day?
Yes: You are protected if you continue your birth control pills. ...Read more
If I'm on birth control pills (microgestin Fe) can I take the plan B pill for more coverage? Will this effect me?
Birth control pill: Microgestin FE is birth control pill containing estrogen and progesterone. Plan B is a progestational agent. There is no need for extra coverage if you have been taking the pill properly and have not been on antibiotics. The additional Progesterone could cause break through bleeding. ...Read more
Had unprotected sex last night (friday), on birth control pills, haven't missed one. He pulled out should I take plan b?
If you are concerned: Yes, better safe than sorry.Get a more detailed answer ›
What is the best way to use birth control pills as EC/Plan B? Not currently on the pill, but have a few extras from a month or so ago.
Depends of pill: Strength: Usually 2 tablets of Nordette AM/PM. Similarly lo- ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) or ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) 2 tab AM/PM) Plan B, $ tablets of most tricyclic pills within 24-36 hrs of intercourse: of course- try condoms, spermicidal foam, jelly, sponges, or diaphragm- see- you can get pregnant or ill without protection. Get squared away of BC pills- you will need the ...Read more
I am on birth control pills. This is my "fertile week." I was 8 mins late last night w/my pill & my BF ejaculated in me today. Do I need a Plan B??
I missed 2 birth control pills from Friday and Saturday but took them Sunday. If I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend Sunday should I take plan b?
Wouldn't hurt: One of the actions of the pill is preventing egg release. No egg in the system=no pregnancy if exposed. If you miss pills, the hormone level they provide drops and an egg could be released. If you have trouble remembering you need to consider other forms of BC like an implant or IUD. ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more
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