Birth Control Methods
- Oral Contraceptives --- our office offers a full line of Birth Control Pills
- Depo Provera --- quarterly injection
- IUD Insertions --- Intrauterine Device (10 years)
- IUS Insertions, New Mirena Intrauterine System (5 Years)
Morning After Pill/Emergency Contraception
What is the Morning After Pill?
The morning after pill is also called Plan B. It is a form of emergency contraception. This means it can prevent pregnancy if taken 1-3 days after unprotected sex.
When can I use Plan B?
You can use it 1-3 days after:
- Condom failed
- Other birth control failed
- No birth control was used
- A rape or date rape
How much time do I have?
Plan B works best if taken within 3 days. You can take it up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but it does not work as well.
How well does it work?
Plan B reduces the risk of pregnancy by about 89%.
Is it an abortion pill?
No. If you are already pregnant, Plan B will not end or harm the pregnancy.
Are there side effects?
Yes. Nausea and vomiting are most common. To prevent them, take the pill with food, or take an anti-nausea medicine (Benadryl or Dramamine). Other side effects are cramping, fatigue, dizziness, and headache. These normally go away within 24 hours.
Do I need a prescription?
Not if you are over 18. If you are under 18, our doctor can write a prescription for you. Just ask us.
Where can I get Plan B?
You can buy it at Walgreen’s and other pharmacies. Ask at the pharmacy window and they should give it to you. You can also buy it at the clinic.
How much does it cost?
We charge $40. Other pharmacies charge $35-$60.
Will it affect my period?
Plan B can make your next period a few days early or late. Your next period may also be very heavy.
What if I don’t get my period?
If you do not have a period within 3 weeks, you could be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test right away.
Can I take it more than once?
Yes, but don’t use it as a regular form of birth control. Ask us about other forms of birth control that are more effective.