Scientists Say Morning-After Pill Not Effective for Overweight Women

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A morning-after pill that's made in Europe will now have a new label that warns that it may not be effective for women who are over a certain weight.

According to scientists, the pill, Norlevo, starts losing its effectiveness when women weigh at least 165 pounds.

Norlevo is identical to Plan B.

Scientist also said it's completely ineffective in women who weigh more than 176 pounds.

Dr. Catherine Slusher with our First Alert Health Team said that for contraceptives weight has been an issue.

Specifically with lower-dose birth control.

Slusher said that this new label does not mean that a lot of women have been having issues locally.

"We have not seen a lot of overweight women who use the morning-after pill come in as a pill failure so it's not a oppressive or big problem that we see in the regular practice," said Slusher.

Slusher also says if doses are increased with some emergency forms of contraceptives there is a higher risk for blood clots and problems.

The morning-after pill is not intended to be used like regular birth control.


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