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Prevent pregnancy before it starts with Restart™.
Our morning-after pill reduces your chances of getting pregnant when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex (or if your birth control fails). No prescription necessary.
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With the same active ingredient as Plan B One-Step®, Restart™ is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex – lowering your risk by nearly 90%. Anyone can buy Restart™ without a prescription or trip to the drugstore — no age limits or parental consent needed.
The active ingredient in Restart™ is the hormone levonorgestrel, which is commonly found in hormonal birth control. Restart™ works by delaying the release of an egg from your ovary (AKA ovulation) so that the egg can’t be fertilized by sperm. This hormone may also help prevent implantation, which is the attachment of a fertilized egg to the walls of your uterus.
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The TL;DR is that it’s inconclusive, but if you weigh over 165 lbs we recommend speaking with your primary care provider. Here’s what we know:
The FDA states that there are no concerns that would prevent someone from using levonorgestrel emergency contraceptives safely — regardless of how much they weigh. When emergency contraception is taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure, it can significantly decrease your chances of pregnancy by nearly 90%.
However, there are some studies that suggest efficacy may decrease as body weight and BMI increase. If you weigh over 165 lbs or have a BMI over 25, the morning-after pill available without a prescription may not be as effective, and you may want to consider the prescription morning-after pill, ella®, or the copper IUD. If you have concerns about whether Restart™ is right for you, reach out to your primary care provider.
While everyone — at any weight — should be able to use the morning-after pill and trust that it will work effectively, we know that this is not the reality. As a team, we’re committed to advocating for accessible emergency contraception for all and will work to offer better options to our customers as they become available. We urge the FDA to approve a higher dose of emergency contraception that is effective for all bodies, regardless of size.
Side effects may include changes in your period flow (heavier or lighter bleeding) or timing (your next period may be early or late), nausea, lower stomach pain, tiredness, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness. Read What are the side effects of the morning-after pill? on our education hub, Real Talk to learn more.
Restart™ has a shelf life of 18-20 months, and will expire on June 30, 2024.
Restart™ is delivered right to your door in discreet packaging — because your health is your business and no one else’s.
With multiple delivery options, including same-day or overnight shipping in select cities, you can get Restart™ when you need it — whether it’s for immediate use or to save for later. If you have more questions about shipping, check out our Help Center.
Restart™, or any morning-after pill with the hormone levonorgestrel, will not prevent pregnancy if you’re already ovulating. Because Restart™ prevents pregnancy by delaying ovulation, this means that if you take it while you’re ovulating it may not work as intended. It’s important to note that most don’t know exactly when they ovulate, so it’s best to take the morning-after pill as soon as possible regardless of if you think you’re about to ovulate.
You’ll know Restart has effectively prevented pregnancy when you get your next period, which should come at the normal time in your cycle or within a week. If your period is delayed beyond one week, it’s possible you may be pregnant. You should take a pregnancy test and follow up with your primary care provider for next steps. Read How do I know if the morning-after pill worked? on our education hub, Real Talk, to learn more.
Restart™ doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you are sexually active, you should see a healthcare provider for routine checkups and regular testing.
No. Restart™ does not end a pregnancy. It’s an emergency contraceptive that helps to prevent fertilization by preventing or delaying the release of an egg from your ovary. If fertilization doesn’t happen, there’s no pregnancy. Medical abortion, in comparison, terminates an existing pregnancy up to 11 weeks by blocking the hormones necessary to maintain a pregnancy. For more info, check out our article The difference between the morning-after pill and the abortion pill on our education hub, Real Talk.
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Dr. Palmerola is a board-certified OBGYN with fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Dr. Ross is an OBGYN with fellowship training in family planning.
Dr. Khan is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with a specialty in hospital medicine.