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Plan B Uses

Plan B and Ethical Issues

Some people may be concerned about the ethical issues surrounding Plan B. It is important to understand that Plan B is not RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill." Plan B will not disrupt an established, implanted pregnancy. However, it could prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, which may bring up ethical issues for some people. It should be pointed out that other forms of progestin-only contraception (including "mini-pills") also work in a similar way and rely heavily on the prevention of implantation.

Plan B Uses in Children and Teens

Plan B is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not yet had their first menstrual period.

Off-Label Plan B Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Plan B for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Plan B uses.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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