Emergency contraception

Health Educator, Minerva Cano, shares advice for women on the various options available for emergency contraception and the effectiveness of each method
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Emergency contraception, or the morning after pill, or plan B – there are different types, or different brands, I should say, of the same type of pill – is basically a very intense dosage of the pill – hormones, just hormones is what they are. And what it does is basically prevents ovulation from happening. It also builds up the mucus inside the cervix to prevent the sperm from going through and it causes the lining of the uterus not to form quickly. If somebody is already pregnant, the morning after pill will not prevent the pregnancy, will not terminate the pregnancy. It can be used 3 to 5 days after unprotected sex. What ends up happening, it’s better to use it within 3 days, it can be 89% effective if you use it within those 3 days, but it can go up to 5 days to use the pill to prevent the pregnancy. It is not recommended that this particular type of birth control, the morning after pill, be used as a way of preventing pregnancy on a regular basis. It is meant for emergency purposes only. If somebody wants to prevent pregnancy, then they have to use a different type of method and they have to see their healthcare provider to find something that works best for them.

Health Educator, Minerva Cano, shares advice for women on the various options available for emergency contraception and the effectiveness of each method

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Minerva Cano

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Minerva Cano has served as a Health Educator in the Parent and Adult Program at Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles since 2010. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Minerva directed an elementary school family resource center for 10 years. There she helped families obtain the necessary resources for their chlidren to excel in school. 

As a mother of two, Minerva understands the importance of parent-child communication, particularly in the area of sexuality, puberty and relationships. As a memeber of Planned Parenthood's Parent and Adult Health Education team, Minerva and her colleagues work every day to help parents gain the knowledge and confidence they need to engage their children in these important converstations. Through presentations in homes, schools, churches, temples and community oraginizations parents are taught how to answer their children's questions openly and honestly. 
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