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I took Plan B but then I was reading that it is less effective on women that are overweight. Can I take Ella even though I already took Plan B?

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Category: Infertility Specialist
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Thanks for writing to with your health concern.

Plan B and other emergency contraceptives have slightly higher failure rates in women who have a BMI greater than 30. This caveat applies to Ella as well.

Taking two emergency contraceptives would add to the side effects and has nit been shown to have any added benefits. You still stay reasonably well protected with the plan B. There is no advantage of adding Ella.

All the best,
Please feel free to discuss further.

Patient replied :

My bmi is 33, If I take ella after I have taken plan B will it still be effective, and will it hurt me in any way?

It wont hurt you to piggyback Ella with Plan B.
However, there is no need, as there is no added benefit.
Both have the same mechanism of action,so its just an unnecessary repetition.
Take care.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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