EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

If you are using CONDOMS as your main method of birth control….and it breaks….

*Vancouver Island Womens Clinic has 2 Emergency IUD insertion spots/day!*

Plan B (Morning after Pill)  

 

How effective is it?

About 60%. If 100 women have unprotected sex once during their cycle, 5 would become pregnant.  After taking Plan B within 5 days then 2 women still become pregnant, instead of 5.

How does it work?

It prevents or postpones ovulation.

Is it safe?

Yes. There is no harm to the women who take it, nor does it cause birth defects if it does not work or the women is already pregnant.

How do I take it?

Take both pills as soon as possible. They must be taken within 5 days of the unprotected sex to have any effect but work best if taken as soon as possible. It is much less effective if your BMI is over 30 (or approximate weight >170lbs).

What are the side effects?

You may get some nausea.  You may take Gravol (dimenhydrinate) for this.  Your period may be irregular for a month afterwards.

And afterwards?

You are likely to ovulate soon after taking the Plan B so make sure you are using good contraception.

 Copper IUD

 

How effective is it?

Over 99%.  If 8000 women who received emergency IUDs, 6 women (0.09%) become pregnant.

How does it work?

It interferes with sperm and egg activity and prevents fertilization and implantation.

Is it safe?

Yes. There is less than 1/1000 chance that a hole could be made in your uterus when the IUD is inserted (perforation). This heals within weeks.  There is slightly increased risk of infection in the first few weeks

How do I get it?

You can call Vancouver Island Womens Clinic at 250 480 7338 for an appointment. Make sure you say it is an Emergency IUD so you will be given an appointment within 5 days. A doctor will insert it into your uterus. (VIWC has 2 emergency spots/day)

What are the side effects?

Most women feel a cramp when the IUD is inserted, but this is quick. Most women have light bleeding and maybe some cramps after insertion. Periods are heavier and longer for most women afterwards, but improve after the first 3 months. 

And afterwards?

If you want to leave the IUD in, you will have very effective contraception for the next 5 years. You can have it removed after your next period.