Every person slips up in life, however what if that slip-up happens while having intercourse?
Failure of birth control method may leave someone pondering, what should be done. The morning- after pill is normally the first option that comes to mind, except this there are some common myths regarding the pill that needs to be addressed.
1) Myth- You can use morning-after pill as your birth control.
Reality- The morning-after pill is not nearly as effective as contraceptive tablets. The probability of preventing a pregnancy with emergency contraceptive is much less, if taken as regular birth control.
According to an emergency contraception researcher, there are no safety concerns with using it every week; but it’s not as efficient as any ongoing process contraception.
The morning-after pill is still very effectual. However if someone is looking for a reliable contraception, they must consult to their OBGYN regarding getting on a long-term plan.
2) Myth- If you take morning-after pill you will not get pregnant.
Reality- As per Plan B morning after pill, it prevents about seven out of eight pregnancies that would have happened. Although it is reliable preventative in an emergency, the only way to make sure that a person does not get pregnant is abstinence.
3) Myth- Plan B is not for you because you are against abortion.
Reality- Plan B pill is not an abortion pill. It contains synthetic levonorgestrel and progestin. These are the similar ingredients found in range of brands of birth control tablets. The pill works in a same way as the birth control pill to help prevent pregnancy.
4) Myth- The unprotected intercourse took place a couple of hours ago; hence you can’t take it at this moment.
Reality- Morning –after pills need not to be taken right away after intercourse, but can be taken within 72 hours following an unprotected intercourse. According to a U.S. health reproductive service, later than 72 hours, the efficacy of the pill goes down to 89%. As a result, by day four, the efficiency drops even lower. It is always best to have the Plan B as early as possible since the failed birth control method.
5) Myth- You took the morning-after pill today, thus you can have unprotected intercourse again later.
Reality- You can buy Plan B online or at local pharmacy, but it only works to its full potential with one failed contraception or unguarded intercourse. If a woman takes the Plan B and then chooses to have an unguarded intercourse, they may end up getting pregnant. Thus, if a woman has already taken morning-after pill, her regular birth control form must be continued.