The “morning after pill”, also known as Plan B (Levonorgestrel), is a large dose of oral contraceptive. The “pill” is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours after intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as the Abortion Pill (RU-486).
Plan B acts as an emergency contraceptive, by preventing ovulation or fertilization. It may also inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun. There is also a contraceptive called Plan B 1 Step, which is one pill instead of two.
Emergency contraception such as Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections. It should be noted that emergency contraception is not a means to cure any form of STD.
Plan B is an oral contraceptive that is intended to avoid potential pregnancy, so it is important to confirm you are not pregnant before taking this emergency contraception option. LifeTalk does not provide emergency contraception but can provide you with contraception education so that you fully understand the risks before you use it, and pregnancy testing if you are concerned that your contraceptives have failed.