Plan B One-Step is known as the “morning after pill” although it can be taken as soon as the unprotected sex has concluded. In fact, the emergency contraceptive pill is more effective the earlier it is taken.
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On 28 July 1999, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Plan B, a progestin-only emergency contraceptive, as a prescription drug. On 24 August 2006, the FDA approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B for women 18 years old and up but younger females 17 years and below are still required to present a valid prescription.
By 23 March 2009, however, the FDA was ordered by a court to allow younger females the right to over-the-counter access to Plan B. This means that women of all ages, even minors, can purchase the emergency contraceptive without a prescription.
Plan B is obviously formulated to prevent pregnancy among women who aren’t on the pill. This is a one-dose regimen, which means that a woman takes one pill after unprotected sex. Each pill contains .5 milligrams of levonorgestrel.
The efficacy of Plan B varies depending on the interval between the unprotected sex and the administration. The risk of pregnancy can be reduced by up to 89% when it’s taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. When taken within 24 hours after unprotected sex, it’s 95% effective against accidental pregnancy.
Plan B works in several ways depending on where a woman is in her menstrual cycle. These include preventing or delaying ovulation; interfering in egg fertilization; and preventing implantation of a fertilized egg.
Keep in mind that Plan B is for emergency purposes only – think of it as a backup instead of for routine use, as is the case for regular birth control pills.