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Plan B One-Step®

Plan B One-Step®, also known as an emergency contraception, is one pill that has a higher dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone found in some birth control pills.


Is it okay to use Plan B One-Step® after each act of intercourse as my regular birth control method?

According to the Manufacturer, Plan B One-Step should not be taken as regular birth control. It is not as effective and the long-term safety of its routine use has not been studied.


Risks of Plan B One-Step®

  • Plan B One-Step® does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • You should not take Plan B One-Step® if you are already pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter.
  • If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe lower abdominal pain 3 to 5 weeks after taking Plan B One-Step, in order to be evaluated for an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube). Getting to the hospital quickly is important to reduce the risk of hemorrhaging (severe bleeding) and to preserve your fertility.1
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of Plan B One- Step® to the FDA at or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
  • There are nolong-term studies on the safety of Plan B One-Step® in women under 17, its safety after repeated use, or risks to future fertility. 2


Effectiveness of Plan B One-Step®

Do not use Plan B One-Step®if you are already pregnant because it will not work. Before taking Plan B One-Step®, a pregnancy test should be performed to rule out an existing pregnancy. If the morning after pill is taken within 72 hours after intercourse, it may reduce the risk of pregnancy by 80 to 90%.


Potential Side Effects of Plan B One-Step®

Plan B One-Step® is a high dose of levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone, and may cause the following side effects:

• Changes in your period such as spotting or bleeding
• Nausea
• Dizziness
• Lower abdominal pain
• Fatigue
• Headache
• Breast Tenderness 3


Do not use Plan B One-Step® if:

You are already pregnant
• You are allergic to levonorgestrel or any of the ingredients in Plan B One-Step®
• Plan B One-Step® should not be used as routine birth control.



ella® (ulipristal) is a prescription medicine that reduces your chance of becoming pregnant if your birth control fails or you have unprotected sex. ella® is FDA approved for use up to 5 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. The ella® 30-mg tablet is not an abortion pill, and is not for use to end an existing pregnancy.


Risks of ella®

ella® will not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases. ella® may cause your period to be earlier or later than expected. If your period is more than a week late, you should get a pregnancy test. You should not take ella® if you are already pregnant. ella® should not be used as a routine birth control, as it is not as effective. Do not use ella® more than one time in the same menstrual cycle. If you become pregnant or have lower stomach pain after taking, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical help. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you vomit within 3 hours of taking ella®. Much is unknown about the drug, including its effect on women who are under 18 or over 35 years of age, taking other hormonal contraception, pregnant from a previous encounter, taking ella® repeatedly during the same cycle or are breast-feeding.


Effectiveness of ella®

ella® isn’t effective if you’re already pregnant, and it won’t terminate an existing pregnancy. Before taking ella® a pregnancy test should be performed to rule out an existing pregnancy. ella® and other emergency contraceptives may be less effective in obese women with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2.


Common Side effects of ella®

• Headache
• Nausea
• Stomach pain
• Menstrual pain (cramps)
• Tiredness
• Dizziness

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at or call 1-800-FDA-1088.4

Our center offers individual consultation and accurate information about all pregnancy options including abortion procedures and risks; however we do not recommend, offer or refer for the Morning After Pill, Abortion Pill (RU486) or any other abortion-causing drug or procedure. Accessed June 20, 2013  Accessed June 20, 2013 Accessed June 20, 2013

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