The feeling of anxiously waiting to miss your period for a planned pregnancy and the feeling of missing your period after taking the plan B pill is different.
My pregnancy was not planned and when my period was ten days late I knew it was late for me (pun intended). I remember sitting in the office alone at work taking selfies looking at how I was getting light. It was winter but deep down I felt that the change was not from the cold, I just did not want to entertain the thought of possibly being pregnant. At the age of 26 I still thought it would have been a teen pregnancy.
In addition to the complexion changing I felt sickish but could not pin point to what it was I felt. My boss walked in ,asked if I was okay. I told her I had a slight headache and she jokingly said I was pregnant walking out of the office. I felt my stomach tie up in knots and immediately googled when to take a test after taking the morning after. There it was the ten day grace period had passed.
I was shit scared and bought the pregnancy test, lunch time I went to my boyfriend’s house and took the test. In a matter of seconds the double lines were right in my face. I had no words, rushed to bathroom and sat there for 30 minutes in disbelief. I was actually pregnant, but I took the the pill on time (well I thought). It was my birthday week and were we not busy the whole week (giggles). However I knew my ovulation day was on Sunday the 6th of June and I took the pill on Monday the 7th of June, how could it not work? Is it not supposed to prevent pregnancy when ovulating. Was my 72 hours done? I almost went back to the pharmacy to ask but what was it going to change.
So this was my mistake so it does not happen to you. I had already ovulated and fertilization had taken place already. (It takes about 24 hours for a sperm cell to fertilize an egg. When the sperm penetrates the egg, the surface of the egg changes so that no other sperm can enter. At the moment of fertilization, the baby’s genetic makeup is complete, including whether it’s a boy or girl.) Mind you this was my fertile week and I had been having sex everyday well hoping the Lord is my shepherd, my plan B had me celebrating my first mothers day this year. God blessed me with a gorgeous baby girl.
How does the Plan B pill really work?
When taken correctly (within 72 hours of a contraceptive accident or unprotected sex), Plan B works by temporarily stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation) Preventing fertilization. Preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus by changing the uterine lining.
Morning-after pills do not end a pregnancy that has implanted. They work primarily by delaying or preventing ovulation.
Emergency contraception is an effective option for preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex, but it isn’t as effective as other methods of contraception and isn’t recommended for routine use. Also, the morning-after pill can fail even with correct use, and it offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections.
So ladies do not 100% rely on the plan B pill or any other form of contraception. Nothing is completely effective in preventing pregnancy other than abstinence. Not fun right but its the truth. Meanwhile you could try these long term methods:
- IUD (Loop)