Michelle Greiver, M.D., C.C.F.P.
Family Physician
240 Duncan Mill road, suite 705
Toronto, Ontario M3B 3S6
Phone (416) 222-3011
Fax (416) 221-3097
Email  mgreiver@rogers.com

The Morning After Pill

An emergency birth control medication can be used to prevent pregnancy after intercourse.  This is available as the “Plan B” contraceptive kit.  You can buy Plan B "behind the counter" from your pharmacist, without a prescription.

This should be taken less than 3 days (72 hours) after intercourse, the sooner the better.  Do not take this if you are already pregnant.  You can take both pills at once (with Gravol), or you can take 1  pill with one Gravol right away, then 1 more pill, with a Gravol, in 12 hours.  Gravol pills can be bought over the counter at the pharmacy.

Side Effects:  Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or a headache can occur.  Some women will have spotting after taking the pills.  Your next period may be heavier than usual.

How well does it work?  The risk of getting pregnant if you have intercourse without birth control, around ovulation, is about 20%.  If you take the Morning After Pill, the risk of pregnancy is reduced by about 89%.  If you miss your next period, you should do a pregnancy test. 

Please use condoms, and make an appointment to talk about birth control.   

If you have any other questions about this, please ask me.

Michelle Greiver, M.D.