Is plan b pill bad for you?

Do you remember that time when you skipped a birth control pill and freaked out about the consequences? What if I told you there’s an emergency contraceptive pill that can save the day (or night)? Yeah, it’s called Plan B – also known as the morning-after-pill. But wait, is Plan B bad for you? Let’s dig deeper into this hotly-debated topic and find out once and for all.

First of All…What even is Plan B?

Plan B is an emergency contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or in case your regular method of contraception fails. It contains synthetic hormones progestin levonorgestrel which delays ovulation- hence preventing fertilization.

Sounds easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy right? Let me don my lab coat on for a bit (just kidding, I’m not qualified) but here are some serious(funny) things to consider:

Fact Fiction
It prevents pregnancy 95% of the time You’ll morph into Godzilla if you take this often
You can take it up to five days after unprotected sex Babies will start flying outta your nostrils
It doesn’t protect against STDs/PIDs . Basically,the only thing avoiding STIs like gonorrhoea/chlamydia means keeping away from them. Makes you immune to having kids altogether

Now let’s tackle the questions we have been asking ourselves (Don’t tell me it was just me who wanted answers)

Is Plan B Bad For You?

Does It Have Side Effects?

Although everyone has different experiences with medication, most women do not experience any side effects after taking plan b. However, others may experience mild symptoms such as nausea/vomiting , cramping ,headaches,tiredness,dizziness etc.

Before popping those pills though,you should note that some side effects are unavoidable such as getting closer to your next period,lighter or heavier periods, missed/delayed/early periods. So don’t go blaming the pills for anything and everything!

Who Shouldn’t Take Plan B?

The FDA approved Plan B as safe for all persons of childbearing age like females/males etc UNLESS they have certain health conditions/risk factors which put them at a high risk of developing complications.

These include:

  • Estrogen-sensitive tumours
  • Severe cirrhosis
  • Certain liver disorders
  • Adrenal insufficiency

This is where I give my personal opinion (oops). If you fall into these categories ,seek professional medical advice before using any emergency contraceptive method.(steps off soapbox)

How Often Can One Safely Take It?

Plan B isn’t meant to replace routine methods such as condoms or birth control pills but lifesavers can fail sometimes, right? No one wants an unplanned pregnancy when they’re not ready… so let’s dive deep into this.

We do know that taking plan b too often messes with your menstrual cycle causing unpredictable changes . Although it’s deemed safe, frequent use of emergency contraception will be less effective over time due to exposure to large amounts of hormones- making conception possible even after continuous use.

The Million Dollar Question…Should You Worry About Taking It Frequently?

What if I told you there aren’t enough solid studies proving how much levonorgestrel is harmful or SAFE in larger quantities since people differ ? Yep..there goes the “happy-wagon”.

In conclusion (no drumroll please) Plan B is designed for rare usage and shouldn’t be used frequently. While further research on its long term impact on women’s reproductive health would come in handy, one consistent fact from experts is: ANY medication might carry risks; what remains paramount though,is seeking informed professional assistance, and of course- thinking twice before yeenging the towels.

May the force not be with you – if that’s what you want!

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