Debunking Common Myths About Plan B: What You Need to Know

At Scherbel Clinic, we understand the importance of reliable information, especially when it comes to sensitive health topics like emergency contraception. Plan B, often referred to as the “morning-after pill,” is surrounded by myths that can cause confusion and anxiety. Let’s clear up some of these misconceptions to ensure you are informed and can make the best decisions for your health.

Myth 1: Plan B is the Same as an Abortion Pill

Fact: Plan B is not an abortion pill. It works primarily by delaying or preventing ovulation; it does not terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B contains levonorgestrel, a hormone used in many birth control pills, which in higher doses can prevent pregnancy when taken shortly after unprotected sex.

Myth 2: Frequent Use of Plan B Can Cause Infertility

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that using Plan B affects long-term fertility. It is a safe option for emergency contraception. However, it should not be used as a regular birth control method because it is not as effective as routine contraceptive methods.

Myth 3: Plan B Is Only Effective the Morning After

Fact: Despite its name, Plan B can be effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Its effectiveness is highest within the first 24 hours, but it can still prevent pregnancy if taken within the three-day window.

Myth 4: You Need a Prescription to Get Plan B

Fact: Plan B is available over the counter without a prescription for individuals of any age. It can be found in most pharmacies and some grocery stores, making it accessible when you need it most.

Myth 5: Taking Plan B Has Serious Health Risks

Fact: Plan B is generally safe for most women. Some may experience mild side effects like nausea, fatigue, or dizziness, but severe side effects are rare. If you have concerns about how Plan B might affect you, especially if you have underlying health conditions, consult with your healthcare provider.

Empowered Decision-Making

At Scherbel Clinic, we encourage everyone to seek accurate information in order to make empowered health decisions. Understanding what Plan B is – and what it isn’t – helps dispel fears and misinformation.

If you have further questions or need personalized advice, our team at Scherbel Clinic is here to provide compassionate and confidential care. Remember, choosing the right form of contraception is a personal decision. and we’re here to support you with the information and care you need. Visit us in St. Louis or contact us through our website for more information.