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Did you know Plan B: 

  • Triples the risk of ectopic pregnancies  (a life-threatening condition if left undetected)?

In 2003, the United Kingdom’s Department of Health (1) found this possible complication by watching the effects of Plan B after it was sold.  In a group of 201 EC failures they found twelve ectopic pregnancies, or a 6% rate.  This is triple the current ectopic pregnancy rate in the UK and the United States, which is approximately 2%.planb_box

The side effects of taking Plan B are very similar to the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy and can actually hide this life-threatening condition.  In a study to see how well people understood the warnings on the label of Plan B, more than 20% of people did not understand the potential seriousness of severe abdominal pain that may occur after using Plan B. (2)  This pain could be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy.

Finding an ectopic pregnancy as early as possible is crucial.  Even small delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to infertility and even death.  If you have taken Plan B and think you may be experiencing symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy see your doctor right away.

  • Fails 1 in 10 times?

When Plan B is used correctly it reduces the chances of pregnancy by 89% after a single act of unprotected sexual intercourse. (3)  This means that the average failure rate for Plan B in preventing pregnancy is about 10%. According to Plan B One-Step’s® own website, about 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant did not after using the drug as indicated – which means when it matters Plan B fails 12.5%! (4)

  • Is labeled as a group 1 carcinogen, the same cancer risk as cigarettes?

Plan B is a megadose of the birth-control pill, which has been categorized by the World Health Organization as a Group I carcinogen. That’s the highest possible ranking.  Things in this group have the highest cancer risk — cigarettes and asbestos are also in Group I.

  • Can be used to cover-up a statutory rape

As our undercover video shows, a statutory rapist can prey on a young girl and cover-up the abuse by forcing her to take Plan B.



1) The post-marketing surveillance experience in the UK, with specific reference to 201 EC failures, found 12 ectopic pregnancies, or a 6% rate-triple the expected rate for both UK and US. The British Government issued a warning to the doctors in the country to be especially aware of this potential complication. This material may be found at CMO Update #35. This is CMO update #35, dated 4-2-03, content # 20. Click on “download update 35″ at bottom of page, and scroll to bottom of that PDF.

2) Actual Use Study, Volumes 27-30 of sNDA 21-045, “Phase 3 Non-Comparative Case Series Study of Plan B Levonorgestrel Emergency Contraceptive Pills Provided Using a Simulated Over-The-Counter Approach”; Women’s Capital Corporation (The sponsorship was transferred to the Barr Research in Nov. 2003.) Investigators: Family Health International (FHI), Research Triangle Park, NC, January, 2003.

“In addition, the sine qua non of an OTC-switch is that patients should be capable of self-medicating by reading the drug’s package insert. The above label comprehension tests for Plan B indicate that safe self-medication is not possible for a significant segment of the population. For example, only 75% of all respondents answered correctly that Plan B should not be taken in the presence of unexplained vaginal bleeding. Among the low-level literacy group that figure declined to 69%. Furthermore, only 67% of all respondents understood that Plan B is designed to serve as a backup for regular contraception methods, not a replacement. Among those of low-literacy this figure dropped to 46%; whereas for women of high literacy the figure was 78%. Obviously, many patients do not understand much of the drug’s package insert, which argues against FDA approval of EC OTC.”

3)  “Task Force on Postovulatory Methods of Fertility Regulation. Randomised controlled trial of levonorgestrel versus the Yuzpe regimen of combined oral contraceptives for emergency contraception.” The Lancet 1998; 352: 428-433

4)  A woman can only get pregnant during the point in her cycle when she is ovulating or near ovulation.  The women who would have gotten pregnant without Plan B are those who were ovulating or near ovulation when they had unprotected sexual intercourse.