Wellness Wednesday: To B or not to B?

To Plan B or not to Plan B

Are you someone with functioning ovaries and a uterus? Do you think you ever might come in contact with sperm?

If so, stay tuned for Peer Health’s next Free Plan B Day, which will happen in the next coming weeks (before Fall Break) in the Polar Bear Huddle of Buck Fitness Center.

Just because something is free, doesn’t necessarily mean you should grab it without knowing exactly what you’re putting in your pocket.

Plan B or Levonorgestrel is an emergency contraceptive pill designed to be taken within 2 days of unprotected sex. The Levonorgestrel prevents fertilization by inhibition of ovulation in order to prevent unintended pregnancy. Side effects can include nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness, dizziness, changes in menstrual periods, breast tenderness, diarrhea, and headaches.

Debunking some myths: If you or someone you know is hesitant to use Plan B, keep in mind that what you hear isn’t necessarily what is true. So here are some cold, hard facts.

–       Even after sex you can still take steps to prevent unintended pregnancy.

–       Plan B does NOT cause infertility.

–       Plan B is NOT the same as an abortion. 

–       Plan B does NOT protect against diseases.

–       Plan B does NOT protect you until your next period.

–       Using Plan B more than once is not harmful

Debunking the biggest myth of them all, just because you miss a Peer Health “Free Plan B” Day, doesn’t mean you no longer have access to it at Bowdoin. Plan B is available for free at the Health Center, or if you’re nervous, ask a Peer Health friend and we’ll B there to help you out.