Levonorgestrel - The Signs That Plan b Didn't Work.

Levonorgestrel – The Signs That Plan b Didn’t Work

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception. It contains levonorgestrel, a hormone similar to the ones your body makes. Levonorgestrel stops sperm from fertilizing an egg by making changes in your cervical fluid and uterine lining.

Plan B looks like a round pill with one white line on it.

Although Plan B is generally very effective, sometimes it can fail. If you think that your Plan B didn’t work, talk to your doctor about what the next steps might be.

There are options available, and together you can decide on the best course of action for you.

You may have had unprotected sex around the time that your ovulation occurred, which is about 5 to 7 days before the day of your expected period.

If sperm are in your reproductive tract when you ovulate , they can fertilize an egg even if it has been there for only a short time. If Plan B is taken after you ovulate, it may not be effective in preventing pregnancy.

Plan B prevents or delays ovulation, or the release of an egg.

Plan B prevents or delays ovulation, or the release of an egg.

Signs That Plan B Didn’t Work Include:

  • You experience pain or discomfort, cramps, or backache: These could be signs that you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus. If you take Plan B and do not become pregnant, it’s unlikely that you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. However, if your pain or discomfort doesn’t go away after a few days, see your doctor.
  • You Have Vaginal Spotting: Vaginal spotting is brown or pinkish discharge from your vagina. It can be an early sign of pregnancy. If your spotting doesn’t go away after a few days, see your doctor to be sure because it could be the sign of another condition or infection.
  • You Experience Diarrhea, Nausea, or Vomiting: These symptoms may be a sign of a pregnancy outside the uterus (womb), which is called an extrauterine pregnancy.
  • Fatigue: Another early sign of pregnancy is fatigue. Many women report experiencing tiredness even when they don’t have much to do. This fatigue is the body adjusting to the increased levels of pregnancy hormones that are running rampant in your system.
  • Frequent Urination: If you’re experiencing frequent urination, it could be a sign that your body isn’t able to hold as much liquid. This is because of the pregnancy hormones that are causing your kidneys to work overtime.

If you’re concerned about having an unplanned pregnancy, talk to your doctor. Other things can be done if Plan B didn’t work for you.

ellaOne Morning After Pill

Many women are not aware of ellaOne, the emergency contraception available in the United States. ellaOne is a newer medication that is more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

ellaOne® is 2.5 times more effective than other morning after pills on the market.

ellaOne® is 2.5 times more effective than other morning after pills on the market.

ellaOne works the same way as Plan B, by preventing an egg from being released. It also makes it harder for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.

ellaOne is effective up to 120 hours after sex (5 days) and can be taken almost any time during that 5 day window.

The birth control pill is a women’s health care product, and it should be taken seriously.

Women who take the levonorgestrel pill must monitor their medication for side effects such as nausea or headaches that could indicate they need to switch forms of birth control.

If you are experiencing any adverse reactions from taking this form of contraception, contact your doctor immediately.

Dr James S Pendergraft | Orlando Women’s Center | Abortion Clinic Orlando

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