It is important to let patients know that My Way is a tablet containing levonorgestrel, a hormone that has been used in many birth control pills for over 35 years. My Way contains a higher dose of levonorgestrel than birth control pills, but works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy, by:
Stopping the release of an egg from the ovary
Possibly by preventing fertilization of an egg and by preventing attachment to the uterus.
My Way should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. If it is taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex, it will significantly decrease the chance that the patient will get pregnant. Seven out of eight women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant if they take My Way to work even better when taken within 24 hours.
The only way to know if My Way has worked is when your patient has her next menstrual period at her expected time or within a week of her expected time. If her menstrual period is delayed beyond 1 week, she may be pregnant and should get a pregnancy test. If your patient's menstrual period is delayed and she has severe lower abdominal pain about 3 to 5 weeks after taking My Way, she may have an ectopic pregnancy, which will require immediate medical treatment.
No. My Way should not be used for regular birth control. It is an emergency or backup method of contraception to be used if regular birth control fails, regular birth control is used incorrectly, or sex is performed without birth control. If patients have unprotected sex again after taking My Way, it will not help protect them from getting pregnant.
My Way is meant for emergency protection only, and is not designed to be used frequently. If your patients need to use contraception routinely, advise them about methods of birth control and sexually transmitted disease prevention that are right for them.