The Morning-After Pill
What is the Morning After Pill?
The Morning After Pill (MAP), brand name Plan B, can be taken up to 120 hours after sex to prevent pregnancy but is most effective when taken within 24 hours. Just like birth control pills, MAP works by preventing ovulation or making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterine wall. MAP is 75-80% effective in preventing pregnancy.
MAP is also called Emergency Contraception (EC), or Post-Coital Contraception. It is NOT the same as RU-486, the “French Abortion Pill.” If you’re already pregnant, MAP will not work and will not harm the pregnancy.
Is the Morning After Pill safe?
Emergency contraceptive pills have no long-term or serious side effects. To read more about the MAP see www.not-2-late.com.
Doesn’t MAP make you sick?
While some women experience nausea, most women experience NO SIDE EFFECTS. It is recommended to take the MAP with food to help prevent nausea.
What is the status of the Morning-After Pill Around the World?
MAP is currently available over-the-counter in more than 47 countries, including France, Kenya, Norway, Guinea, Finland, and Canada. England recently began to distribute MAP free in school clinics to students 16 and under. France also gives MAP out for free to people 16 and under.