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What Is Plan B? Online Emergency Contraception

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Before we answer, "What is Plan B?", it's worth mentioning that choosing a safe and effective Birth Control Option should be at the top of your list if you're looking to take charge of your reproductive health. But, accidents happen. Thankfully, there are options if you have unprotected sex or miss a few days of oral birth control.

Let's take a deeper look at Plan B to answer:

  1. How does Plan B work?

  2. How effective is Plan B?

  3. How much is Plan B?

  4. Where Can I get Plan B?

  5. Where Can I Get Plan B?

  6. How Long Can I Wait To Take Plan B?

  7. What Are Plan B Side Effects?

How Does Plan B Work? 

Plan B is a pill taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex and is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The active ingredient in Plan B is a hormone called levonorgestrel. There are several brand-name Levonorgestrel pills, similar to Plan B, that are all effectively the same. Other Levonorgestrel pills include:

  • Option-2

  • Next Choice

  • Take Action 

  • My Way 

The main thing to understand about how Plan B works is that emergency contraceptives prevent pregnancy before it begins—they do not terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B is not the same thing as an abortion pill.

How Effective Is Plan B?

Plan B works by preventing the fertilization of a released egg. Many combination birth control options work the same way—Plan B just works at a much higher dose. 

In addition, Plan B is not prophylactic and therefore does not protect against STIs, nor does it take the place of daily hormonal birth control. A daily hormonal birth control pill is still statistically more effective at preventing pregnancy than routinely using Plan B.

How Much Is Plan B?

With wisp, the cost of Plan B (levonorgestrel) is $17. However, when you shop over the counter—depending on the label—levonorgestrel pills can range from $20-65. Remember to do your research and compare brands online or ask a pharmacist for more options.

Looking to buy emergency contraception online? Two popular options you are likely to find when searching, "how to buy the morning-after pill," are Plan B and Ella. Unlike Ella, you can buy Plan B ahead of time to keep it on hand before you need it.

Ella may be taken up to 5 days following contraceptive failure, but requires a prescription and is intended only for individuals currently experiencing risk of unwanted pregnancy. Order your online prescription for Ella same-day, for $22 with wisp.

Where Can I Get Plan B?

Plan B is FDA approved and sold over the counter in the United States. This means you should be able to walk into a drugstore and purchase Plan B over the counter. That said, whether you will find Plan B at your local drugstore depends on where you live and what the inventory of the pharmacy is at that time.

In certain states, you may have a hard time buying Plan B over the counter. If you are traveling away from home, or live in a county that is less likely to carry the morning-after pill, you can order Plan B online and have it delivered directly (and discreetly) to your door.

How Long Can I Wait To Take Plan B?

In order to be effective, Plan B must be taken within three days (72 hours) of unprotected sex. If your current circumstance prevents you from obtaining Plan B over the counter, it may be a good idea to purchase Plan B ahead of time. Many of us never plan on having unprotected sex, but millions of humans face the morning-after-reality each year. Being prepared is never a bad thing. 

What Are Plan B Side Effects?

Every medication has side effects that vary based on user sensitivity. Plan B is no exception. Common Plan B side effects include:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Abdominal pain

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Breast tenderness

what is the difference between Plan B and ella emergency contraception?

What is the Difference Between Plan B and ella? 

  • Requires a prescription

  • Will be equally effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex

  • Less effective for people over 195 lbs or who have a BMI over 35

  • Not recommended if currently taking hormonal birth control pills or breastfeeding

Plan B
  • Sold over the counter

  • The longer you wait, the less effective it will be (recommended within 72 hours of unprotected sex)

  • Less effective for people over 165 pounds or who have a BMI over 25

Getting a prescription for ella online is the fastest way to get your meds. If you have to schedule an in-person appointment, you may be better off trying to buy Plan B over the counter at a pharmacy.

And while it's unfortunate both pills have weight limitations which impact their effectiveness, it just means that they may be less effective outside those parameters. If weight or BMI is a consideration, Ella is considered a more effective choice.

It is important to note that if the egg has already been fertilized, neither Plan B nor ella are effective. This is why it is important to take the morning-after pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.

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