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Can I Take Plan B While Taking Birth Control?

If you forgot to take birth your birth control pill and had unprotected sex, what do you do now? You've probably heard of Plan B, the alternative birth control method when other means of birth control fail. But is it safe to take if you're on the pill? The answer is yes, but there are few things to keep in mind when it comes to taking the morning-after pill on birth control.

Anyone can purchase Plan B:

Levonorgestrel morning-after pills, like Plan B One-Step, Take Action, and My Way are sold over the counter. Regardless of your age or gender, you don’t have to show an ID or have a prescription from a doctor to buy the morning-after pill.

How Plan B interacts with the birth control pill:

Plan B pills are an emergency contraceptive containing the hormone levonorgestrel - this hormone prevents ovulation and blocks fertilization. If you choose to take the Plan B pill, you must continue to take your birth control pills as usual - unless a doctor advises otherwise. The Plan B pill often has higher doses of hormones than your regular birth control pills, so when you take them simultaneously, you may experience some side effects.

What to expect after taking Plan B while on birth control:

While everyone will react differently (you could be one of the lucky girls without any side effects), some women may experience potential side effects, including:

  Headache
  Nausea
  Changes in period (timing, flow)
  Abdominal cramping
  Mood changes
  Tiredness

While many women tolerate the hormones in Plan B well, it's good to know the potential side effects. Nevertheless, contact your doctor if you are unsure about how you feel.

What to expect after taking Plan B while on birth control:

Plan B is considered to be safe for most women and has shown no long-term consequences. If you're taking Plan B because you skipped or missed one (or more) doses of your birth control pill, get back on track asap - Ginger-U can help make sure you never miss a pill again, by the way!

Most gynos recommend using additional backup birth control, like condoms, for the next week after you take Plan B. Even if you've resumed taking your birth control pills as scheduled, you can never be too cautious!

The morning after pill could delay your period by up to a week. If you don’t get your period within seven days after expecting, take a pregnancy test.


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