After having unprotected sex, it can be intimidating to consider the possibility of a resulting pregnancy. You likely have some anxiety thinking about that potential, so it’s natural to think of solutions.
You may be wondering if your boyfriend can purchase Plan B for you. The short answer is yes, there are some Plan B pills that anyone can purchase over the counter. Before taking any potent drug, it’s imperative to understand how it affects your body.
Who Can Buy Plan B?
Levonorgestrel is a progestin-only contraceptive available over the counter at drugstores. As of March 2016, anyone can purchase Plan B without age restrictions or having to show identification to verify your age. The cost of Plan B typically ranges from $50 to $100 and can be even more expensive in some areas.
How Does Plan B Work?
Plan B often referred to as the morning-after pill, is taken after having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
The drug uses the hormone levonorgestrel to temporarily delay the release of an egg from the ovary so it doesn’t connect with the sperm. It also makes it difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. It is 89% effective if taken within 72 hours of intercourse.
The drug affects women in different ways. It’s best to review the complete list of risks below and ensure that you are medically cleared to consume the drug.
What Are the Risks of Plan B?
Like any potent drug, Plan B poses several risks to the consumer. Some risks of Plan B include:
- Irregular bleeding between periods
- Stomach cramps
- Tender breasts
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it’s best to speak to a doctor before taking the morning-after pill. Most Plan B packaging will caution the consumer for use only by 17-year-olds and older.
We are Here for You
Even if you take the morning-after pill, there’s still a chance you could be pregnant. Our caring staff at Palm Beach Women’s Clinic is well-trained to walk alongside pregnant women who need our services. All of our services are offered at no cost to you. Contact us.
Remember, we’re here for you.