Difference Between Plan B and Take Action (with Table)

In order to heal illness or diseases, encourage healthy life, and control fertility, human beings use several natural and artificial methods. Humans have been trying to control fertility or birth for thousands of years.  

In Ancient Egypt, birth control is well documented. Fertility control methods were used even in 1850 BCE where ladies used crocodile dung to rub on their wombs for birth control.

Now there are advancements in technology and medical science and so artificial methods of controlling birth have become very common. 

Womb veils such as condoms and diaphragms are widely used for birth control. Another revolutionary method is the use of contraceptive pills. It has become a widely used method to prevent pregnancy.

These pills prevent the production of sex hormones due to which eggs are not released from the ovary. 

Two very commonly used contraceptive pills are Plan B and Take Action. These are emergency pills used after unprotected sex. 

The difference between Plan B and Take Action is that Take Action holds a single higher-dose tablet of levonorgestrel. Basically, it has a double amount of levonorgestrel as compared to Plan B pills. Take action has 1.5-mg of levonorgestrel.  

Comparison Table between Plan B and Take Action

Parameters of ComparisonPlan BTake Action
BasicPlan B has a comparatively lesser dosage of levonorgestrel.Take action has a comparatively higher dosage of levonorgestrel. 
DefinitionIt is an emergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy and is also known as the morning-after pill.It is a collective form of Plan B One-Step which is also used to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
UsagePlan B can be used as a backup pill to avoid pregnancy.Take Action cannot be used as a regular pill,  it is an emergency to prevent pregnancy.
Side EffectsThe major side effects of Plan B include diarrhea, which is uncommon and unexpected bleeding.The side effects of Take Action include breast tenderness, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and fatigue.
EffectivenessPlan B is best effective when consumed within 72 hours of unprotected sex.Take action is most effective when consumed within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. However, it is still effective if consumed within 5 days.

What is Plan B?

Plan B is an emergency pill taken by mouth that helps prevent pregnancy. It should be taken within 3 days of unprotected intercourse for better effectiveness. It reduces the chances of pregnancy by 89% when taken within 72 hours. Plan B is best effective when consumed within 24 hours. The faster a woman takes the pill, the less are the chances of getting pregnant. 

The primary ingredient in Plan B is levonorgestrel, which has been used for over 30 years in birth control pills. The drug helps to stop a fertilized egg from being attached to the womb, and it will not be effective if the pill is taken after the fertilized egg is implanted and pregnancy will proceed.

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What is Take Action?

Take Action is an emergency contraception that reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. It should not be treated as a regular birth control as it is a backup method of avoiding pregnancy.
Take Action will fail to show results if a woman is already pregnant. The drug does not protect one from any sexually transmitted diseases or from HIV infection.

The sooner the emergency pill is taken after unprotected sex, the better results can be expected. The drug should be taken within 3 days. However, it can still be effective if taken within 5 days. 

Take Action

Main Differences Between Plan B and Take Action

  1. The active ingredient in both Plan B and Take Action is levonorgestrel. Take action holds a higher dosage of levonorgestrel in just one tablet, that is 1.5-mg of levonorgestrel. On the other hand, Plan B contains two tablets of 0.75-mg dosage of levonorgestrel.
    Taking two tablets of Plan B has the same effect as taking one of Take Action.
  2. Both Plan B and Take Action are most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. However, Take Action can show results even if taken within 5 days of unprotected intercourse.
  3. Plan B is easy to get because anybody can purchase them at a drugstore, and does not need a prescription or age proof to buy it. On the other hand, Plan B is not so easily available. 
  4. Both of these are emergency pills do not finish an existing pregnancy. The side effects of Take Action include fatigue, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain,  heavy menstrual bleeding, and breast tenderness. On the other hand, the major side effects of Plan B include bleeding and diarrhea, but that is uncommon.
  5. Take Action is an emergency pill and should not be used as a regular pill. Plan B is a backup pill that helps reduce the risk of pregnancy.


Take Action and Plan B are both emergency contraceptives that are used by women to avoid the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, which can result from sexual assault, broken condemn, and so on. These pills can prevent pregnancy when one did not any use birth control methods or condemn while having sex, or the condemn broke off after cumming, or one’s partner did not pull out in time, and so on.

Both of these contraceptives are effective and safe and are emergency pills to avoid pregnancy. These must be consumed within 72 hours of unprotected sex for the best results and if consumed correctly and on time, it will make it much less likely to get one pregnant. 

The side effects of both the pills are almost similar and they include vomiting, heavy menstrual bleeding, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, nausea, and so on.

Millions of people all over the world have been using these emergency pills for so many years now, and there have been no serious complications. Thus, these emergency pills are safe.


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