Morning After Pill (MAP)

 Definition

Also known as Emergency Contraception (EC), the Morning After Pill (MAP) is intended to prevent pregnancy when the usual method of contraception was not used or failed.

Types of EC

Plan B One-Step is to be taken within 72 hours and ELLA was developed for use within 5 days.

Is it an abortion?

Those asserting that Emergency Contraceptives can act as abortifacients believe that the MAP could potentially interfere with the fertilized egg’s ability to keep growing or with its' ability to implant. These assertions cannot be objectively proven or denied at this time. For those who believe life begins at conception, interference following fertilization is an early abortion.

Points to consider

Even though Plan B is now widely and easily available, we suggest you think about the following when considering an emergency contraceptive:

1. The total dosage of progestin in Plan B is many times the normal dose of some low-dose birth control pills. Birth control pills must be prescribed and supervised by a doctor and yet, Plan B does not have the same patient-protecting requirements. This inconsistent message about the supervision of your healthcare leads us to recommend that you contact your OB-GYN or family care physician about using Plan B. ELLA is a progesterone-blocking hormone that is "category x" requiring that your physician make sure you are not pregnant before prescribing the medication.

2. When using plan B, the window for effective action against a pregnancy is small relative to the length of your cycle. Ask yourself—Do I want to expose myself to a comparatively large dose of hormone "just in case" I am within the window of possible fertilization?

3. Some in the medical community state that Plan B and ELLA likely prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum. Consider your personal feelings regarding this possibility before going forward.