Thanks to the complicated past of Plan B (a very popular emergency contraceptive), there are a lot of misunderstandings and myths about emergency contraceptives. Below, I am going to give you 12 things about emergency contraceptives you should know…
First of all, you should not confuse Plan B or any of the other emergency contraceptives with RU-486, which is used in a medical abortion. They are two different things. RU-486 contacts a synthetic steroid known as mifepristone, which intercepts the body’s production of progesterone, which is necessary for pregnancy. Plan B does not have anything to do with progesterone.
Emergency contraceptives delays or inhibits ovulation. It is effective if the process of implantation has started.
You should only consider emergency contraceptives - in the case of emergencies - as a last resort. This means, you should only turn to it if your standard contraception malfunctions or you have been involved in a nonconsensual intercourse. You should think of emergency contraceptives as a fire extinguisher.
If you take an emergency contraceptive right after sexual intercourse, then it will be more likely to work. This is why women and teens should have an E.C. on hand.
Teenagers need to have a prescription in order to get something such as Plan B. You should consider getting a prescription in advance so it will be available when you need it.
Besides Plan B, another type of emergency contraception is Copper TIUD. This is an intrauterine device that can be implanted five days after you have had sex.