Note: GHS Women’s Center does not provide emergency contraception.
Always speak with a medical professional before taking emergency contraception. Remember, emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant. At GHS Women’s Center, our trained medical associates are happy to speak with you about how different types of emergency contraception work and what it could mean to your health. Contact us to speak with us about your emergency contraceptive options today. Read about the emergency contraceptives below to find out more about each one.
The “morning after pill”, also known as Plan B, is a large dose of oral contraceptive. It is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours after intercourse and the second, 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as RU-486. Plan B both prevents ovulation and also inhibits implantation of fertilized egg by affecting the lining of the uterus. It is not effective, however, once the process of implantation has begun. There is also a contraceptive called Plan B 1 Step, which is one pill instead of two. Common side effects include: nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache and menstrual changes. It can also delay your next period, as some women may actually become pregnant due to the delayed ovulation. It’s important to know how emergency contraception works using it. Call us to discuss this option with a member of our team.
Ella contains a different type of medication than Plan B. This medication works both like a synthetic progesterone and like a progesterone-blocking drug. In addition to delaying ovulation for about five days there can be additional changes in the glands of the lining of the uterus which, like the Plan B, prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. If you are considering this option, we recommend you speak to a medical professional first. Call us at 408-447-5433 to learn more about Ella.
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