Whether the condom broke or you forgot to take your pill, it’s a good idea to have a plan B—pun intended. But with all the different information circulating about emergency contraception—hearsay from your BFF or misinformed comments made by politicians—it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. To put your mind at ease, we tapped the minds of top experts to clear up some of the top myths about the day after’s back up strategy: Plan B.
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You Have to Take It within 24 Hours of Unprotected Sex
“The morning after pill does not literally need to be taken the morning after in order for it to work,” says Jen Landa, M.D., an ob-gyn and hormone specialist. While there are several different types of emergency contraception pills, Plan B is the most commonly used. It should optimally be used in the first 72 hours after an episode of unprotected sex, says Landa. (Though she does note that if taken in the first 24 hours, Plan B is up to 95 percent effective.)