The Plan B pill is used when a woman has unprotected sex and fear of pregnancy is constantly on her mind. As one OBGYN doctor told me – “Have no fear, the Plan B pill will take care of any mistakes and save the day.” Even more, this doctor told me that there’s no real health risk and at worst it could make your periods irregular.
Doesn’t this sound great?
In one study conducted by Plan B, it was found that 84% of expected pregnancies were prevented. It was noted that these figures are based on “estimates” of when “ovulation” might have occurred.
Should everyone take the morning-after pill or is there a more responsible way to track ovulation? Why should you care?
Having being in the fertility field for 16 years I know that “ovulation estimates” are far from reality. I would like to share what I have discovered over many years in this field.
If you take this pill when you are not ovulating then you are taking hormones in large doses for no reason. It is exposing your body to unnecessary hormonal spikes which is not natural and seems counterintuitive to anyone who is concerned about their health. If you take the morning-after pill and still get pregnant, there is also the potential for harm in some women.
Is Plan B similar to an abortion? It is defined as “Plan B will stop the egg from implantation” but will not abort an existing pregnancy but this is open for discussion. Some may consider this an early abortion.
There are potential side effects to consider when taking Plan B, as with any medications. They include nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, heavy menstrual bleeding, breast tenderness, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness. But what is the long term impact to your body, to your health?
Personally I feel pain watching “easy Plan B” solution because I know of MANY infertility cases that exist after women have used different contraception methods to prevent a pregnancy. Women need to consider their long-term health and their ability to get pregnant in the future so they can have peace of mind during and after intercourse, planned or unplanned, protected or unprotected.
Did you know that there is a natural way to track ovulation that has no side effects and is 98.9% accurate? Why would you put large amounts of hormones in your body when you can easily and confidentially track you ovulation naturally?
Using saliva, you can understand your cycles and track your sexual health. When you take control of your personal ovulation cycle, you don’t need Plan B. Being a mom I wish my daughter would never be exposed to Plan B as a contraception option and the advertising about how it can be taken on a regular basis, even as often as once a week.
I strongly believe that infertility is not an epidemic; more often it’s a lack of knowledge or the result of exposing your body to unnecessary pharmaceuticals like Plan B when fear takes place.
Would YOU recommend your daughter to use the Morning-After Pill? I would not for MY daughter.
I would not recommend my daughter to use the morning pill not even as a plan B because I believe in life even if it’s a life just recently conceived. I believe we should be responsible for what we do and have safe sex, not kill babies, as you put it so well, there are many ways to prevent it.
I would. Consider risk vs reward. Any sort of birth control pills “expose your body to unnecessary hormonal spikes” with those exact same side effects, not just Plan B. Millions of women use these methods of contraception, yet there is no mention of the danger of birth control pills.
I find it interesting how you mention infertility even though you’re writing about the morning-after pill, which is medication designed specifically to prevent pregnancy.
There are indeed many other alternatives.
Here in Germany it is very easy to get the morning pill Maybe easier than in USA. I don’t know but one thins is for sure. It is a big risk to take them and actually you should already think about the consequences before having sex! I would not recommend my daughter to take this morning after pill because she will never learn the importance of being protected all the time and not just after it is too late….
While I have no moral objections to the Plan B pill, I sincerely think that women (young and old) should think about things like protection and birth control before they have sex, not after. This is particularly true considering there are other health ramifications that are possible besides pregnancy from having unprotected sex. While I wouldn’t mind any of my friends or female family members using this method of birth control, I would hope that having to resort to this method would encourage them to seek out answers to contraception problems before they were in the heat of the moment next time.
Yes I would. As a woman who had to put her life on hold and miss out on her dreams of a wonderful life because of a single night’s mistake, I would certainly recommend it. In fact, I’d run out and get it for her!
The morning-after pill is for emergencies and cannot be used as a regular contraceptive. Tracking ovulation is one of them, but there are a many other options. Talk to your doctor and do some research to find which option is best for you.
I would hope that a teenage daughter of mine would be well-versed in as many methods of effective birth control as possible and use them any and every time she chooses to have sex. I would be proactive in making sure she had access to condoms, the pill and anything else she needed, because Plan B is just that–a plan B for when things don’t go according to plan (such as improper condom use, etc). If her birth control failed, I would definitely recommend she take Plan B because if she doesn’t want to be pregnant, I don’t want to her to have to make the decision about whether or not to abort the baby. It’s better to prevent the pregnancy before one occurs so she’s not put in the position to make one of the most difficult decisions a woman has to make at such a young age when she has her whole life ahead of her.
No way that it should be used as a regular contraceptive because it’s something really strong that messes up one’s organism. We should be aware of what we do and use this just as a very last resort if at all.
I feel like with all of these sensitive issues, each case as to be viewed on its own merit. The morning after pill is not meant to be a get out of jail free card to be used over and over again, it is meant to be an emergency only measure. It shouldn’t be abused, but it also has a very meaningful role to play when used correctly. We’ve all made mistakes, but a young woman shouldn’t have to pay for it for the rest of her life.
I would say no way, I used it a couple times about 7 years ago about think it was okay to use ( I was a worry wart), I was dating my now husband and now we have been trying to have children for the last 4 years, I am not saying that is the reason I can’t get pregnant but I think it had a lot to do with them and also the birth control I was on at the beginning of our marriage, it really screwed up my cycle.
Yes, if my daughter had a “slip up” or an accident while being active and she was not ready to have a child, I would recommend the morning after pill. If she becomes pregnant and isn’t ready for a baby, then she will struggle trying to raise him, or the baby would be in the system and waiting for a foster family. If she takes the morning after pill it greatly reduces her chance to be put in this situation. All this being said, I would support it as long as she wasnt using plan b as a birth control replacement.