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The Morning After Pill

The Morning-After Pill

What is the morning-after pill?
The morning-after pill is a form of emergency contraception. Plan B One-Step® is the brand name and there are some generics as well. Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy.

Your body and your health are important, so take time to make the best decision.  Give us a call for a confidential discussion about your options.

Is the morning-after pill effective?
One study conducted by Plan B® One-Step found that 84% of expected pregnancies were prevented. 1 The makers of the drug claim that 7 out of 8 women who would have gotten pregnant, did not. 2 These figures are based on estimates of when ovulation might have occurred.

Should I take the morning-after pill?
Many times women panic after having unprotected sex and rush to take the morning-after pill. However, you can only become pregnant on certain days of the month — around the time that you ovulate. Taking the morning-after pill during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to large doses of hormones.

If you are already pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter, taking the morning-after pill is of no value and may cause harm. 3

To find out if you are pregnant, call us and make an appointment for a free pregnancy.

Can the morning-after pill cause an abortion?
That depends upon how you define “life.”  Some believe that pregnancy does not begin until a fertilized egg implants in the womb. However, the scientific reality is that at conception, many defining features are determined such as gender, eye and hair color and growth begins. 4 That’s why many believe that conception is the starting point of a new human life. Taking Plan B One-Step® after the sperm has fertilized the egg may prevent this new life from settling into the womb (implantation) and continuing to grow, which is why many consider it an early abortion. 5

Does the morning-after pill have side effects and risks?
Like any medication, the incidence of risks and side effects is variable.  Plan B One-Step® is associated with the following side effects: heavier menstrual bleeding, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. 6

1. Plan B One-Step® package insert. “Clinical Studies.” Package insert available at: (Accessed May 25, 2015)
2. Plan B One-Step® website. FAQs: “What is Plan B One-Step®?” (Accessed May 25, 2015)
3. Plan B One-Step® package insert. “Contraindications.” Package insert available at: (Accessed May 25, 2015)
4. Mayo Clinic website. Fetal Development: The 1st trimester. (Accessed May 25, 2015)
5. FDA website, “Plan B® Questions and Answers: How Does Plan B® Work.” (Accessed May 25, 2015)
6. Plan B® One-Step package insert. “Adverse Reactions.” Package insert available at: (Accessed May 25, 2015)

Our Services

Our free and confidential services include: self-administered pregnancy tests, referrals for limited obstetrical ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy, options counseling, accurate information about abortion, community referrals, material resource program, Baby Basics Parenting Class, Abortion Recovery Support Groups, individual abortion recovery counseling, Sexual Integrity Workshops, adoption referrals, and Man to Man support.


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Monday – Tuesday
9 am – 4 pm
Wednesday – Thursday
10 am – 4 pm
Closed Friday

Summer Hours:
From June 26 – September 11, 2017
Monday – Tuesday
9 am – 4 pm
10 am – 4 pm
Closed Thursday and Friday

Contact Us

226 Church Street (location)
PO Box 2118 (mailing)
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: (845) 471-9284
Fax: (845) 471-9310

About Us

Care Net Pregnancy Center of the Hudson Valley provides free, confidential services to assist with unexpected pregnancy. This Center does not perform or refer for abortions.

All our services are free and confidential.

Care Net Pregnancy Center of the Hudson Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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