The Morning After Pill aka “Plan B”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the contraceptive drug Plan B for over-the-counter sales back in August of 2006.

What is the morning after pill? 

The Morning After Pill is called MAP for short.  The version of MAP approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sales is called “Plan B”. It consists of 2 tablets of levonorgestrel (progestin) taken 12 hours apart, generally within 72 hours of intercourse.

How does MAP work?

  1. By suppressing ovulation (female egg production in the ovary)
  2. By thickening mucous in the cervix which blocks sperm passage.
  3. By making the lining of the uterus hostile to implantation and causing an abortion.


Every young woman that has talked with me through the process of using the MAP expressed their concerns far beyond what the MAP does or the purpose of it.  Each one had their own story and reasoning.  Most of them express they felt pressured by the their partner they engaged in sexual intercourse with.  They felt devalued.  As if, their bodies were not respected nor what this may do to them.  It went far beyond the physical.  It was emotional.

Please take a look at the side effects.  I have also included the link to this information.  Be educated on what you put in your body.  Also, take the time to realize something may seem like a “quick fix” but it may have long-term effects that go far beyond a night or pill.  If you need to talk let me know.  Some times we need another perspective.

Plan B

Side Effects

List Plan B side effects by likelihood and severity.

The following side effects are associated with Plan B:

Common side effects of Plan B:

  • Abnormally Long or Heavy Periods-Severe
  • Absence of Menstrual Periods-Severe
  • Bleeding Not Related to Menstrual Period-Severe
  • High Blood Sugar-Severe
  • Diarrhea-Less Severe
  • Dizzy-Less Severe
  • Enlargement of an Ovary-Less Severe
  • Feel Like Throwing Up –Less Severe
  • Head Painless -Less Severe
  • Infrequent Menstruation –Less Severe
  • Low Energy-Less Severe
  • Mood Changes-Less Severe
  • Nervous-Less Severe
  • Ovarian Cyst-Less Severe
  • Stomach Cramps-Less Severe
  • Throwing Up-Less Severe
  • Visible Water Retention-Less Severe
  • Weight Gain-Less Severe

Infrequent side effects of Plan B:

  • Depression-Severe
  • Discharge of Milk in Men or Women when Not Breastfeeding-Severe
  • Rash-Severe
  • “Change of Life” Signs-Less Severe
  • Acne-Less Severe
  • Altered Interest in Having Sexual Intercourse-Less Severe
  • Breast Tenderness-Less Severe
  • Chronic Trouble Sleeping-Less Severe
  • Excessive Hairiness-Less Severe
  • Hair Loss-Less Severe
  • Yellow-Brown Patches on Skin-Less Severe

Rare side effects of Plan B:

  • Obstruction of a Blood Vessel by a Blood Clot-Severe

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