Does Taking Plan B Contraception Affect Your Long-Term Fertility?
Is Plan B a bad long term plan?
So you head over to your boyfriend’s house one night with plans to no more than Netflix and chill, when suddenly a glass of wine turns into four and the two of you start feeling a little frisky. In the heat of the moment however, you discover to your horror that neither of you came armed with a trusty condemn. Though you think it might be a good idea to run out and grab one, the wine assures you that you do not care and before you know it, the deed is done. What to do?
Well, in case you don’t already know, Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, as an emergency contraceptive that’s a good…well, Plan B for when you find yourself in need of a trusty back-up. When taken within 72 hours (3 days) of intercourse, Plan B can reduce the likelihood of getting pregnant by up to 89%.
But can in produce unwanted side effects, such as affecting your fertility in the long run?
The short answer: no. Though some myths claim that taking the morning after pill can affect your ability to reproduce, that are just that: myths.
In fact, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists even repeated use of Plan B is perfectly safe and won’t affect your fertility at all.
That said, if you find yourself turning to it a little more often that you might wish, it might be time to consider enacting a better Plan A! While neither will affect your fertility long term, other methods such as regular birth control pills are more effective, less stressful, and with the help of insurance are more cost effective in the long run that frequently dodging down to the pharmacy for another Plan B pill.
As many of us know however, steamy nights and consequent emergency situations happen, so if you need to use the occasional Plan B, infertility should be no concern. In fact, it’s actually just a higher dose of a regular progestin-only birth control pill. So if you need to use it to prevent unwanted pregnancy, rest assured that it will pose no threats to having kids when you’re ready.
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