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Please select a time earlier than the present.

You have hours remaining to take plan B®.

Please take it as soon as possible because the sooner you take it, the better it works. plan B® can help prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours, and preferably within 12 hours, after a contraceptive accident or unprotected sex.

It has been more than 72 hours since you had unprotected sex or a contraceptive accident.

Please contact a healthcare professional for advice.

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WHY PLAN B®

PLAN B® IS A FORM OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

plan B®, also known as the original “morning-after pill,” is designed to be used when your usual birth control method has failed or been forgotten, and you don’t want to get pregnant. Whether you’ve missed a few pills, the condom broke or slipped off, or you forgot to insert your diaphragm, etc., you can choose plan B® as a form of emergency contraception. plan B® can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the more effective it is.

WHAT IS PLAN B®?

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plan B® was the first levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill to be approved for sale in Canada. For many years, it was only available in a two-tablet format. However, plan B®’s two-tablet format is being replaced by plan B® in a new one-tablet format. Now available, this format offers women the same trusted method of emergency contraception in a convenient one-tablet dose.

Each tablet contains 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel—the same ingredient commonly found in birth control pills. plan B® can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours and preferably within 12 hours after a contraceptive accident or unprotected sex.

WHAT IT’S NOT

  • plan B® is not an abortion pill. It won’t work and shouldn’t be taken if you’re already pregnant, or if you think you are.
  • Don’t take more than one dose unless recommended by a healthcare professional. Taking more doses will not make it more effective.
  • plan B® does not provide protection against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs/STIs).
  • plan B® is not for long-term protection against pregnancy. It only works to prevent pregnancy following one specific incident.
  • plan B® should not be considered as your regular contraceptive. If you’re even rarely or occasionally sexually active, find out about all available contraceptives and discuss them with your doctor to see which one is best for you.

MOST WOMEN CAN TAKE PLAN B®

plan B® has been used millions of times across Canada. Speak to your pharmacist to find out if levonorgestrel-containing medications are right for you. And be sure to talk to a doctor or pharmacist first if you have any of the following conditions: undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding, known or suspected breast cancer, active liver disease or tumour, high blood pressure, or if you have diabetes, are taking any other medication, or are breastfeeding.

Also make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the non-medicinal ingredients contained in plan B®: colloidal silicon dioxide, potato starch, magnesium stearate, talc, corn starch and lactose monohydrate.

HOW TO TALK TO A PARTNER ABOUT USING PLAN B®

A good sexual relationship takes work and communication, which includes talking to your partner about using birth control before engaging in sex. Worrying about pregnancy can dampen the mood, so let your partner know that taking precautions will only help you relax and enjoy your intimate moments together. If those precautions ever fail, don’t panic! You have a plan B®.

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Here are some tips on how to initiate discussion of plan B® with your partner:

  • Be informed. Learn about plan B® and how it works so you can answer any questions your partner may have.
  • Be prepared. Think about what you want to say and how you want to say it. Putting together a list of points you want to cover will help you ease into the emergency contraception topic and better explain to your partner why you think plan B® is a good option.
  • Timing is key. Make sure the two of you are alone before bringing up plan B®. You must find the right time and place to discuss emergency contraception with your partner—with no interruptions.
  • Be a good listener. Once you’ve calmly communicated your thoughts, ask your partner what he thinks about plan B® and using emergency contraception. Being open to his opinions and feelings will enable the two of you to make the right decision, together.

Knowledge is power. Being aware of all your contraceptive options, including emergency methods, will give you and your partner peace of mind and help you enjoy your sexual relationship to the fullest.