The Doctors: Taking Multiple Birth Control Pills Same As Plan B?
Many days ago, The Doctors asked on Facebook if they believed taking multiple birth control pills has the same effect as taking the morning after pill. Approximately 89% of people said no, while 11% said yes. There’s a rumor spreading online that taking three or more birth control pills can be substituted for taking the morning after pill.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton said before there was the morning after pill, or Plan B, this is what some doctors would recommended. She said it’s multiple doses of a low-dose birth control pill, up to six pills, taken 12 hours apart, in hopes it will work the same way as Plan B. “However, if you take three or more birth control pills, even low-dose, you will have some serious nausea, vomiting, irregular bleed,” Dr. Ashton said. “And we have to remember, not even close to 100% effective.”
The Drs TV: Emergency Contraception
Dr. Rachael Ross said you should understand that there is emergency contraception available, and it is over-the-counter which means you don’t have to have a prescription. She said it’s a one-dose pill and you won’t have all the nausea and vomiting like you would if you tried to do it yourself.
Dr. Ashton also pointed out that Plan B is 95% effective if taken within the first 24 hours and can be taken up to 120 hours, but the sooner the better. She said the most important thing to remember is that even your low-dose birth control pill has an 8% failure rate when taken typically. Medically, there is no downside to Plan B, but Dr. Ross said you should know that emergency contraception is not a form of birth control.
Dr. Ross said if you’re taking an emergency contraceptive five or six times a month, you really need to talk to your health care provider about getting on a long-term birth control plan.