Plan B: What You Need To Know

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

By Jill

When I first took Plan B, I was an 18 year old college freshman. I hadn’t had ANY sex education in high school, and I felt unprepared and scared to take a pill I knew nothing about. I knew I didn’t want to be pregnant, but I didn’t know how the pill worked or how it would affect me. Looking back, I made the right decision for myself and my body. But how could I have known what the right choice was without knowing basic facts about the over-the-counter pill Plan B?

So... What is Plan B?

Plan B is an emergency contraception (EC) used to prevent pregnancy for people engaging in penetrative sex (with a penis and vagina). It comes in pill form that you ingest orally. You may choose to take Plan B for a variety of reasons: the condom broke, your partner didn't pull out early enough or maybe you don't remember if you used one, among many more.