Why the Morning After Pill Is Not Abortion: The Science of Plan B

How emergency contraception pills prevent sperm from reaching the egg altogether 

How do emergency contraception pills actually work? Watch ASAP Science's short video below for a quick, informative tour of the female reproductive system and some interesting facts about conception (and prevention thereof). By altering the hormonal cycle of the female body, Plan B stops the egg from coming into contact with sperm altogether, either preventing ovulation or trapping sperm on the way. If the egg has already been fertilized, however, the pills have no effect. Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, who produce the videos, talk about the making of the series in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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