Introducing: Plan B is one of the most popular forms of birth control in the United States, but it may not be right for all women socials. Plan B is an emergency contraceptive that can help prevent an unwanted pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, and abdominal pain — but there are also some risks associated with taking this medication. These risks include an increased chance of ectopic pregnancy and lower bone density in women who have been using it for years at a time (although more research needs to be done on this topic).
Women who weigh 132 pounds or more should not use Plan B
Plan B One-Step is a backup form of contraception that can help prevent pregnancy if you take it within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
It’s important to note that Plan B One-Step does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It also doesn’t work if you’re already pregnant—it won’t end a pregnancy or cause an abortion.
Take ella instead of Plan B if you have a BMI over 25
If you are overweight or obese, ella is a better option than Plan B. Ella is more effective for women with higher BMIs.
● In 2011, a study compared ella to the progestin-only levonorgestrel pills (Plan B) and found that it worked equally well in women who weighed more than 165 pounds. This was true even though they had lower levels of estradiol—the hormone that makes birth control pills effective—than leaner women did.
● Side effects:
● The side effects of both types of emergency contraception are similar: nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and cramping (which can be relieved by taking ibuprofen). But the most common complaint among women taking ella has been headache or migraine—a problem that’s not seen with Plan B users who weigh less than 150 pounds.
IUD birth control is available regardless of your weight
While IUDs can be a great choice for many women regardless of their weight, they’re not a good option for everyone. In particular, they aren’t recommended for those who are under 18 or have not had at least one baby yet (because neither group is likely to have the kind of experience with childbirth that would make an IUD-related complication less likely). If you do fall into one of these categories and want an IUD, your doctor will likely recommend another birth control method instead.
The other main reason why your weight could affect whether or not an IUD is safe for you is because some doctors believe that increased BMI can increase the likelihood of infection in general—but again: no conclusive evidence has been found on this topic yet. Your doctor may choose to monitor you closely after inserting the device just in case there’s any inflammation around its location; if so, it might indicate that there was something wrong with how it was inserted and require removal right away.
There’s nothing wrong with having a high BMI
Despite the way it’s often portrayed in the media, there is nothing wrong with having a high BMI. It doesn’t mean you have poor health, an inability to make good choices, or a lack of willpower—it just means that your body has more fat than muscle.
Your health is determined by how much energy you burn versus how much energy you consume over time. If someone with a lower BMI consumes many more calories than they expend through exercise or daily life activities, they might be considered “overweight.” However, this doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy because their body still burns off those excess calories in ways we can’t measure (like sleeping). This is not true for people with higher BMIs: their metabolism may not be as efficient at burning off those extra calories and thus results in them becoming obese over time
Women with a high body mass index are not recommended to use plan B
You may have read that Plan B is not recommended for women with a high body mass index (BMI). This means that some women are excluded from taking plan B, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop using it if you’re in the free-to-use group.
What Is BMI?
It can give you an idea of whether your weight is healthy for your height. If you’re very tall or short, this calculation may not be accurate because it only takes into account how much you weigh and how tall you are—it doesn’t take any other factors into account like how much muscle mass or fat tissue makes up your body type.
Although there’s nothing wrong with having a high BMI, it is important to understand what this means for Plan B. If you weigh over 132 pounds, then you should not use Plan B. However, if you have a BMI between 25 and 30 and are looking for birth control options that don’t require insertion into your vagina (like an IUD), then ella may be an option worth exploring with your doctor.