What is an Emergency Contraception—and more specifically, the morning-after pill?

There are two kinds of emergency contraception — the morning-after pill and Paragard®  insertion. In this blog we will talk about the morning-after pill.

  • The morning-after pill or Plan B® is a drug intended to be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It contains a high dose of a progesterone (levonorgestrel), which is found in many kinds of birth control pills. At the dosage found in the morning-after pill, this drug may irritate the lining of your uterus, causing the embryo inside you from implanting, ending its life. If this happens, an abortion will occur, because each human life begins as an embryo. The morning-after pill is often referred to by the brand name that started it all—Plan B®. In 2009, Plan B® was reformulated and renamed Plan B One-Step®. It is now taken as a single-dose tablet. A two-dose generic form is also available.  The morning-after pill costs around $30 to $65, and some emergency contraceptions depend on your body mass index (BMI), in order to determine how effective they may be. The morning-after pill does not protect against HIV or STDs.

Think carefully before you use the morning-after pill, and make sure you understand the side effects and risks. Piedmont Women’s Center offers support as you consider whether emergency contraceptives may be for you. Please give us a call at 864-244-1434 . It is safe, confidential, and our all-women team is supportive for whatever need you are facing.

Source: © 2009, 2012 Focus on the Family “The Morning-After Pill” pamphlet

Footnote 1: FDA Prescribing and Label Information for Plan B One-Step®, Rev. July 2009; pp. 13-14; www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/021998lbl.pdf

Footnote 2: Keith L. Moore and T.V.N. Persaud. The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th Edition (Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 1998), pp.2-3

Footnote 3: “Watson Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Generic Plan B® for Over-the-Counter Use”; August 28, 2009: http://ir.watson.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=65778&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1325502

What is the difference between the Abortion Pill and the Morning – After Pill?

That’s a great question. Here’s a chart that may help you out, as people often get confused about these pills.

The Abortion Pill: The Morning-After Pill:
Method An abortion method used to terminate an early pregnancy. A method used to prevent pregnancy. It may cause a very early abortion if fertilization has already occurred.
Medication Medications are Mifeprex® (mifepristone) and Cytotec® (misoprostol). Medication is Plan B One-Step® (levonorgestrel).
When to take? Must be taken within 49 days of when your last menstrual period began. Must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Do I need a prescription? Pills must be prescribed by a health care professional. At least three visits to your caregiver are needed, possibly more. Depending on one’s age, the pill may be purchased without a prescription.
Will it prevent STDs? Will not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases. Will not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases.

 

If you have further questions about differences between the abortion pill and the morning-after pill, our expert team will be able to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call at 864-244-1434 .

Source: © 2009, 2012 Focus on the Family “Morning-After Pill” pamphlet.

Footnote 1: Mifeprex is a registered trademark of Danco Investors Group, Cytotec is a registered trademark of Searle & Co. and Plan B One-Step is a registered trademark of Women’s Capital Corporation.

Are there side effects to using the morning-after pill?

Yes. You may experience several short-term side effects when taking the morning-after pill. These include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular and unpredictable menstrual periods
  • Cramping and abdominal pain—which might also be the sign of an “ectopic pregnancy” (see “What is an Ectopic Pregnancy” blog)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness

Keep in mind that cramping and abdominal pain that may result from the use of the morning-after pill can mask the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, which requires emergency care.

If you have further questions about the side effects of using the morning-after pill, our expert team will be able to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call at 864-244-1434. It is safe, confidential, and our all-women team is supportive for whatever need you are facing.

Source: © 2009, 2012 Focus on the Family “The Morning-After Pill” pamphlet

Footnote 1: FDA Prescribing and Label Information for Plan B One-Step®, Rev. July 2009; pp. 13-14; www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/021998lbl.pdf

Footnote 2: FDA Prescribing and Label Information for Plan B One-Step®, Rev. July 2009, p. 3; See footnote 1

Parenting as an Alternative to Abortion

Becoming a parent is exciting and scary.

Parenting is a big responsibility, but it is one that comes with a lot of joy and satisfaction.

This pregnancy may not be planned, but that does not mean parenting isn’t the best option for you and your child.

A child needs love and stability, not perfection. Life may not be perfect right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be the “perfect” parent for your child.

We are here to help you sort through your concerns, fears, and hopes.

There are several parenting options for you to consider.

Marriage and parenting. You are ready to make a commitment to both your partner and the child, and choose to marry and raise the child together.
Things to consider: Have you been together for a while? Have you considered getting married? Do you have a good relationship? Are you committed to each other?

Joint parenting. Although not ready to make a marriage commitment, you and your partner choose to share responsibilities for raising the child in a joint custody arrangement.
Things to consider: Are you both committed to the child’s needs and best interests above your own? Are you able to work through scheduling, financial, commuting, and communication challenges?

Custodial parenting with visitation. One partner is fully committed to raising the child. The other partner is less than fully committed.
Things to consider: Is the custodial parent able to take on nearly all of the responsibilities for the child? Is the visiting parent able to provide financial child support and invest some time in the child? Do both parents have an additional support system of family and friends? Are you able to work through scheduling, financial, commuting, and communication challenges?

Custodial parenting. One partner is fully committed to raising the child. The other partner is either unable to participate in parenting, does not want to be a part of the child’s life, or has exited the relationship.
Things to consider: As custodial parent, do you understand that responsibility for the child will fall completely on you? Do you have an additional support system of family and friends? Are you prepared to have to petition for child support?

Things to think about when considering parenting
• Am I ready to accept responsibility for my baby’s needs?
• Will the other birth parent be supportive?
• Do I have family support?
• Am I too young? Am I too old?
• How will I support myself and my child? Do I have a job? Will I be able to finish school?
• Where will we live?
• Do I have access to affordable medical care?
• What kind of life can I offer my child?
• Do I have any physical, mental, or emotional health issues that could impact my parenting?
• Do I struggle with substance abuse?
• Am I in a safe situation?

As you consider the above questions, you may feel overwhelmed with options and which is the right way for you to proceed. We are here to help.

Parenting can be very rewarding, and our team is here to help you decide if this is the best path forward. We are confidential, and have years of experience helping those who have found themselves in the same situation that you are now in.

Abortion Safety Checklist

Before you visit a Greenville abortion clinic or provider, we strongly encourage you to ask yourself these important health and safety questions:

  1. Have you confirmed your pregnancy? It’s important to be sure that you are pregnant; it is possible to receive a false indication of pregnancy. We are happy to provide a free pregnancy test at any of our clinics.
  2. Do you understand the risks involved in an abortion procedure? Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. You have the legal right to be informed of the type of procedure you will receive, as well as any potential complications. Ask as many questions as you need, to make sure you understand all that is involved, physically and emotionally. (Please see our Side Effects of an Abortion blog for further info)
  3. Did you investigate the qualifications of your potential abortion provider? Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure, and confirm that he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Call and ask if the doctor has appropriate privileges to admit you to a hospital in the event that there is an emergency. Also, many states maintain public records about past medical malpractice judgments and settlements. Call your state medical licensing board or look at your state licensing board website (i.e. www.llronline.com for SC) to see if the doctor has been involved in any medical malpractice suits and where they have admitting privileges. Our team of experienced ladies are happy to assist you in this area to make sure you get the most qualified treatment.
  4. How are complications handled? Abortion providers may not provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise. Our team may be able to help determine if your abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care.
  5. Do you understand that it’s OK to change your mind? Abortion is your choice—meaning you can change your mind at any time. It’s OK to say, “I need more time to consider my decision,” if you are in the waiting room or even on the table prepped for your procedure. Don’t feel pressured to proceed just because you feel like you have to. It’s your body; you have the right to listen to your instincts.
  6. Do you understand that there are alternatives to abortion available? Parenting may sound overwhelming at first, but many women who have found themselves in your shoes have done it. Adoption is another alternative. We can help provide a network and support system whatever alternative you choose.