Someone asked us:
Hi! Sorry to bother but I have a question about plan b, will it still be effective if used right away? I had sex with my partner but his condom broke and we rushed to the nearest drug store and I took it like 10-15 minutes right after we had sex, just wondering if it was too soon or not?? Thank you!
Ya done good! When it comes to emergency contraception (AKA the morning-after pill), speed is the name of the game. Plan B (and all other brands of over-the-counter emergency contraception) work best when you take them as soon as you can after unprotected sex. Meaning you can take it the second you realize after sex that you had a birth control oopsie.
Sperm can live in your body for up to 6 days after sex, looking for an egg to fertilize. The way emergency contraception pills work is by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg (it’s kinda like pulling the emergency brake on ovulation). And the more time it has to work its magic, the better your chances of preventing pregnancy will be.
And did you know that there are actually a few different types of emergency contraception, and ones that work even better than Plan B? Learn more about all of your emergency contraception options here>>
PS – Questions are never a bother — that’s what we’re here for! 🤓
-Kendall at Planned Parenthood
Know your contraception facts.