Advice desperately needed–emotionally distraught because I took Plan B

posted 2 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

Plan B isn’t an abortificant. All it does is flood your body with a bunch of hormones to prevent ovulation, and it also makes things less hospitable to sperm. That’s why you need to take it right away – the longer you wait, the more likely you are to have ovulated. Plan B does not affect a fertilized, implanted egg.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

This is what happens when the media constantly gets the facts wrong and says that “Plan B” is the morning after pill.  It’s not.  

@Nanoinfinity is right.  There’s nothing to be ashamed about.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mumeishi:  Plan B will NOT terminate a pregnancy

ALL plan B does is prevent ovulation/ lower success of implantation. The chances that you even ovulated are SO LOW anyway you likely would have not gotten pregnant in the first place. Maybe focus on the fact that realistically you didn’t even need to take it.

You took it- what is the point in feeling bad you cannot time travel back and undo it. I would just look forward, know that you did NOT do ANYTHING wrong, and try to move on There was never a fetus, so thinking about the ‘potential child’ is way out of proportion.

You are causing yourself much more pain by freaking out about it and dwelling on it. Maybe see a counselor if you cannot move forward. And please do not be angry with your FI ( to keep it? You were never pregnant in the first place, there was nothing to keep!) you asked him and he told you his opinion whiule being supportive of your decision. This was YOUR decision alone.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Boxerlover24.
Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

It sounds to me like you’re treating taking plan B like taking an abortion pill, it’s not. It is an emergency contraceptive that works much like the birth control pills you were already taking. It primary works by preventing ovulation. Just think of it as taking a super dose of your birth control pills. You missed three pills, this isn’t that much different than taking all three pills at once in a way. Every month you’re on BCPs is really not much different. Either way you are preventing pregnancy not terminating it.  I hope that this understanding will help you cope with what’s going on right now.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Same as PPs, Plan B is NOT abortion. You should try educating yourself before you work yourself up for no reason.

 

Plan B One-Step is a type of emergency contraception. This is birth control that can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. People sometimes call it the “morning after pill.” But you don’t have to wait until the morning after sex to take it. In fact, Plan B is more effective the sooner you take it. It is a one-dose regimen: you take one pill. The pill contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, which is used in lower doses in many birth control pills. 

 

How Does Plan B One-Step Work?

Depending upon where you are in your cycle, Plan B One-Step may work in one of these ways:

  • It may prevent or delay ovulation.
  • It may interfere with fertilization of an egg.

It is also possible that this type of emergency birth control prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering its lining.

Plan B One-Step is not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill. It does not cause a miscarriage or abortion. In other words, it does not stop development of a fetus once the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. So it will not work if you are already pregnant when you take it.”

http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/plan-b

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

mumeishi:  Plan B is not an abortion. It’s essentially the same thing as birth control, only magnified in power. It stops the egg from dropping/ovulating, and prevents any eggs from implanting in the uterus. That’s it. If you were already pregnant, Plan B wouldn’t affect you at all. I think that you are overthinking this, and just take some deep breaths and maybe do some research about the medication you’ve just taken. I don’t mean that to sound rude, but I think you’re getting worried and confusing yourself over what you’ve done, and if you had a little more information on the pill, you would feel better.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m really sorry you feel this way, but I agree with the previous posters – this is NOT an abortion.  Plan B is similar to birth control in that it prevents you from becoming pregnant.  In fact, you can take a handful of birth control pills and have the same result as taking Plan B.  Please read more into how the process works so you can recognize that you did not potentially terminate a pregancy, you prevented the already slim chance of a pregnancy from happening (which is what you do every day with birth control pills).

Hugs.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

Oh, and I will add – it’s not unheard of to have intense mood swings, etc, after taking Plan B. Those hormones can pack a punch! It’s possible that you’re feeling emotionally out of sorts because of the pill itself.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You didn’t terminate a pregnancy.  You simply prevented one from occuring.  I know it feels like a bigger deal than taking a pill every day, but it really doesn’t do anything different then the pill.  

Also, you have no idea what the result of those missed pills was.  There may have been nothing to undo.  You can’t focus on all of the what-ifs because in a situation like this there are just too many.  It will only weigh down your mind.  And again, Plan B wouldn’t have worked if you were already pregnant.  It doesn’t abort the pregnancy.  

The bottom line is that you now know that this is a very emotional thing for you.  That’s completely OK.  Your feelings are not invalid because that’s how you feel.  But maybe the pill isn’t the best form of BC for you if you’re afraid of this happening again- have you looked into an IUD? That way you don’t have to worry about being perfect with the pill every day and you can avoid feeling like this in the future.

I’m sorry you’re feeling so overwhelmed by this.  I hope that it passes soon!  Just try and take a step back and view the situation more objectively.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Second the above poster. Plan B is not the same thing as the “abortion pill.” Comparatively speaking, It’s affects are much more similar to those of the birth control pill you’ve been taking for years than to the pill that can actually induce an abortion. 

Also, if you were to already have an implanted, fertilized egg, Plan B would NOT likely be capable for stopping that pregnancy for you.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Also, for future reference it can depend where you were in your BC pack as to whether you really even need EC or not (see below) and you should still continue taking your regular pills as usual.

If you have missed 2 or more pills (more than 48 hours late):

  • Take the last pill you missed right away (even if that means taking two pills in one day)
  • Leave any earlier missed pills
  • Continue taking the rest of the pack as usual, and use a backup method for the next 7 days
  • Do you need EC? If you have had unprotected sex in the previous 5 days and have missed two or more pills in the first week of your pack, EC will reduce your risk of becoming pregnant.
  • If you’re on the pill and you take Plan B (also known as the morning-after pill or emergency contraception), you should continue taking the pills from your birth control pack as you normally would.
Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

You should not feel any more guilt/remorse than you do every month with your BC pills- which is to say – you should have none! Calm down girl!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mumeishi:  Glad it helped!!! Nothing wrong with Plan B 🙂 

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