4 Plan B Side Effects That May Make You Feel Like Crap & How To Minimize The Discomfort
By Caroline Burke
The morning-after pill can be a complete savior. Even when we have the best of intentions, any of us are capable of slipping up when it comes to birth control. And when that happens, it's a massive relief to know there's an over-the-counter option that safely prevents any chance of pregnancy. Plan B is an essential tool for reproductive safety, but what are the Plan B side effects, if any, and how can you minimize any potential discomfort after taking the pill?
The first thing you need to know is that morning-after pills are not 100 percent effective. They hover around a success rate of 95 percent if you take them in the first 24 hours after having had unprotected sex, and if you wait longer, the success rate drops to around 58 percent. The faster you find and take emergency contraception, the better it will work, so time is very much of the essence when you're considering this option.
The biggest myth surrounding Plan B, though, is in its perceived danger. I remember someone telling me that if you take Plan B more than three times, you're at risk of becoming infertile. So, let's just make something clear that Past Me probably would've liked to know: Taking Plan B in general will not hurt you in any long-term sense. Despite those ever-circulating scary articles on the internet, there's no scientific proof that Plan B hurts your fertility or future pregnancies.
So, if you know you had unprotected sex and you're concerned about what your options are, keep this in mind: The morning-after pill is a concentrated dose of the same hormones you get from birth control — no more, no less. If you're worried about what the experience of taking it will be like, rest assured that the symptoms are mild. Here are four possible side effects you may experience after taking Plan B, as well as ways to minimize any potential discomfort.