Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, is a form of emergency contraception. Sometimes the original birth control plan doesn’t work, and that’s why we offer Plan B at all of our clinic sites. Here we will discuss about “Is There Plan B in Pregnancy Tests?”
Is There Plan B in Pregnancy Tests
A pregnancy test usually checks whether there is an increased level of the HCG hormone in your body:
- Your body only produces this hormone when a fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus.
- The hormone prevents the rejection of the egg, which usually happens with your menstrual period.
However, you will not find HCG in the pill, which consists only of the hormones estrogen and progestin. Therefore, a pregnancy test is also possible if you are on the pill. And contrary to popular belief, taking the birth control pill does not falsify the result of a pregnancy test.
What do I have to consider when taking a pregnancy test?
Aside from the test’s instructions, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- To ensure that nothing falsifies the test, you should hold the test stick directly in the urine stream. Because there can also be residues from production in the collection container that affect the result.
- In addition, the timing is crucial. HCG can only be detected in the urine on the eighth day after conception. The test result is then 90 to 98 percent correct.
- Pregnant despite a negative test – you hear that again and again. And indeed this possibility exists! Every pregnancy test from the pharmacy or the drugstore has a residual risk of one percent. This is very small, but wrong results are repeatedly produced by incorrect application.
- If you miss your period, the test is negative and you still have doubts about the accuracy of the result, you should also consult your gynecologist.
What tests can I do at home?
There is a large selection of pregnancy tests in the drugstore or pharmacy. Most early tests test your morning urine for HCG and work on the same principle. You can get such tests for five to ten euros. Of course there are tests that provide you with a little more information – but after a positive pregnancy test, a visit to the gynecologist is announced anyway.
What exactly is Plan B and how does it work?
Let’s examine the facts and what to expect if you must take it.
What is plan b and how does it work?
Emergency Contraception Plan B helps prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. The earlier it is taken, the better it works.
It contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills – only in a higher dose. It should not be used as a regular birth control method as it is not as effective. It also does not protect the body from sexually transmitted diseases.
Plan B is often confused with drug abortion or the “abortion pill.” It is important to note that plan B does not terminate an existing pregnancy.
Emergency contraception works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It can also prevent the fertilization of an egg (the union of sperm with the egg) and/or attachment (implantation) to the womb (womb).
What are the side effects of Plan B?
Some people experience side effects when taking Plan B, which may include:
- Lighter, heavier, early or late period
- cramps in the lower abdomen
- chest pain
Some people may experience changes in their periods, such as spotting or bleeding before their next period. If your period is more than a week late, you should take a pregnancy test and see your doctor. If you vomit within 2 hours of taking the medication, call a doctor to find out if you should repeat the dose. If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic (outside the womb) pregnancy and should see a doctor straight away.
Where can I get Plan B?
Plan B is sold off the shelf in many retail stores. It can be bought without a prescription. We also have Plan B available in all our clinics – find a clinic near you.
If you have additional questions about Plan B, regular birth control, or reproductive health.
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