Pregnant Women Offered A Scam Treatment That Supposedly Reverses Morning After Pill

A doctor in California claims that women can reverse the plan b medication if they go through with his procedure.

The morning-after pill is a pill that women can take up to 5 days after having sex. The pill is taken if a woman had unprotected sex but wanted to make sure that the sex did not create a child. The pill is also called plan B because it is the second option to avoid a pregnancy or abortion pill. Often, some women regret taking plan B and wish that they would have just let nature take its course. A company has developed a product that they claim will "reverse the effects of the morning-after pill." But there’s a problem. “All of the evidence that we have so far indicates that this treatment is not effective,” Daniel Grossman, an OB-GYN and the director of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a research group at the University of California San Francisco. However, many women have been told about the procedure and many companies around the world are starting to offer it women who took the morning after pill.

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The "reversal" procedure includes taking progesterone after the first dose of the abortion medication and it said that it will reverse the effects of the plan B pill. However, reproductive health experts, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, say there’s no evidence the procedure actually works to stop an abortion from happening. Not only has it not even proven to be effective, experts are also warning that they don't actually know about the side effects of the procedure. Abortion medication takes two pills to be effective. The doctor who created the procedure, Dr. George Delgado, claims that if women take progesterone before the second pill then it can counteract the first pill and help the pregnancy to continue.

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Even though there aren't any studies proving that it works, and there isn't enough research about the side effects, many laws are now requiring doctors to tell women about the option. Anti-abortion groups are trying to educate more women about the "reversal" procedure. But reproductive health advocates say pregnant people around the country are essentially becoming test subjects in an unscientific and unethical experiment. “It’s one thing when states were forcing abortion providers to give information that was inaccurate about the risks associated with abortion,” Grossman said. “This takes it to a whole new level.”

Delgado conducted an experient where six women who were given the progesterone after the first pill were able to continue on with their pregnancies. But many medical experts say there’s no evidence that progesterone does anything to reverse abortion. In a 2017 statement, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said that Delgado’s 2012 paper, involving just a handful of patients, was “not scientific evidence that progesterone resulted in the continuation of those pregnancies.”

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