So, you’re probably here because you messed up. We’ve all been there – maybe the condom broke, maybe a little pre-cum escaped before you could throw on some protection. Whatever the case may be, you’re wondering if taking Plan B while having an IUD is safe and effective.
Let’s dive in to this tricky question that has quite literally kept us up at night.
First things first: What exactly is Plan B?
Plan B is an emergency contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or a birth control failure. The key ingredient in Plan B is levonorgestrel, which works by delaying ovulation so that no eggs are released for fertilization to occur. It does not terminate an existing pregnancy (contrary to popular belief), nor does it protect against sexually transmitted infections.
The earlier you take it after a slip-up, the more effective it will be at preventing unintended pregnancy – ideally within 72 hours but up to five days afterward may still work (though less effectively).
How about IUDs? What are they even??
Ah yes, intrauterine devices or “IUDs” for short have been gaining popularity as long-term birth control options over the past few years – and with good reason! They are highly effective (>99%) and require minimal maintenance once placed into the uterus by your healthcare provider (no more worrying about pills or patches!).
There are two types of IUDs available to women nowadays – copper-based ones like Paragard® which last up to ten years without any hormones involved OR hormone-releasing options like Mirena®, Skyla®, Kyleena®, Liletta® etc..that typically lasts anywhere between three-five years each depending on various factors such as user preference/physiological differences when compared with other models/situation/eventual needs etc..
But wait…what is the difference between hormone-releasing and copper IUDs? And does that affect whether or not Plan B can be used alongside them?
Hormonal vs. Non-Hormonal: What’s the deal with IUDs?
Copper-based IUDs do not contain any hormones, which means they do not affect your menstrual cycle in any way. Instead, copper ions are released from the device into your uterus to create an environment that is toxic to sperm – basically making it impossible for fertilization to occur.
Hormone-releasing options like Mirena®, Skyla®, Kyleena® etc.. on the other hand do release progesterone into your bloodstream that thins out (and sometimes even stops) endometrial growth so as to prevent ovulation completely (ideally).
So – finally back to our original question – what happens when you mix emergency contraception like Plan B with long-term hormone-based birth control solutions like hormonal IUDs??
Well…there’s good news and bad news.
The Good News:
Plan B can definitely be used effectively while having a hormonal IUD already in place!
Phewww! Feels great just getting this information off my chest doesn’t it?!
This is because although one might think added doses of progesterone will lead adverse effects such as uterine lining thinning,mood swings etc.,Studies have shown additional doses of levonorgestrel generates no significant risks when proper administration standards have been observed.
It also suggests that there is practically little risk for women who take progestogen-only EC pills if they’re using an implant/IUS…
So don’t worry about doubling up here–getting brass knuckles punched right at ya below-the-belt ain’t no fun!
Should something happen where you need some extra help after all, go ahead without hesitation babe- You’re good-to-go if taking emergency contraceptive pill:)
And Now…The Bad News:
Ahem! Howeverrrrr, if a copper-based IUD is already in place before Plan B use: there’s some bad news.
Plan B will not affect the effectiveness of your copper based IUD. Meaning that once you have this hard little guy firmly installed…
…You’re up Shit Creek Without a Paddle!
Basically, continuing to rely on your copper-based device for subsequent sex after taking emergency contraception separately leads no added benefit towards protection levels while levies good chance in reducing efficacy rate due combined effect on inducing menstrual bleed way ahead of schedule thereby prompting premature shedding off cervical mucus sans allowing adhering sperm cells to remain barren surrounding tissue-which therefore heightens unexpected pregnancy risk even greater than normal unprotected sex!
That’s right ladies..get ready to cling onto those extra rescue tarzan swings where ever possible- because life isn’t fair but we’re here with all the drama and expertise just for you!!
Well….at least now y’all know what options do or don’t exist over scenarios requiring EC with different types of birth controls involved,
Onwards and upwards from here though – it’s better knowing our choices rather than wondering blindly through life like “Eh? What did she say again??”
Stay safe out there girlies!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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