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Plan B Contraceptive - Coming To the Aid of Many Women

June 30, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 128

Do you recall the panic you felt whenever you realized that your contraceptive device had failed? The problem with using barrier methods of birth control is that they are not fool proof. Not only do they have a noticeable failure rate, but it is very common for people to not have them handy whenever required. If you have made the mistake of having sex without protection you might have to face many consequences. You can at least address the issue of unwanted pregnancy by resorting to an emergency contraceptive method. Plan B contraceptive is very popular because it offers women security against pregnancy after an unprotected night of passion.

Plan B contraceptive is a one pill emergency contraceptive option that has to be taken immediately after unprotected intercourse. It can be taken 72 hours after the time of the intercourse in order to prevent pregnancy, but no longer than that because this pill does not have the ability to terminate a pregnancy. Plan B contraceptive pill is easily available to any woman above the age of 17. She can get it at any pharmacy without having to get a prescription first.

This pill contains very high levels of a hormone called levonorgestrel. This hormone is contained in most birth control pills. Plan B contraceptive pills therefore work in the same way as a birth control pill. Since this pill uses hormones to prevent pregnancy, you will have to deal with some of its side effects. You might experience a change in your periods as well as nausea, dizziness and headaches. Breast tenderness and abdominal pain are also side effects of this pill.

Plan B contraceptive pill is undoubtedly a very useful form of emergency protection but it is just that and should never be used casually. If you have had more than a few episodes of requiring taking this pill then you have to look at better methods of birth control. A doctor or health care professional will help you get the method of birth control that suits your health and lifestyle perfectly.

This pill can lead to serious complications if you have an ectopic pregnancy because you will require emergency medical treatment for severe abdominal pain. It is also important to note that this pill is certainly not meant to replace any other method of birth control. It is also not effective from a long term point of view since it only prevents the one pregnancy you have taken the pill for. You must also realize that this pill will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.

The Plan B contraceptive pill is of great help to women who have missed out on protection for some reason or the other. However, using it as the primary method of birth control constitutes risky sexual behavior and this practice should be avoided at all costs. The USFDA has approved the use of this pill under the circumstances listed above. You can therefore safely use it if your birth control method has failed.

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