Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception)

What is the Morning-After Pill?

The Morning-After Pill is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. The pill should be taken as soon as possible after the unprotected sex up to 120 hours after. The sooner it is taken the more effective it will be. This is NOT an abortion pill.

How Does the Morning-After Pill prevent pregnancy?

The Morning-After Pill simply prevents the egg from meeting the sperm because pregnancy does not happen right after sex.

How Effective is the Moring-After Pill?

The Morning-After Pill is about 89% effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It can be taken up to 120 hours after the unprotected sex but the effectiveness continues to decrease.

What are the Advantages of Taking the Morning-After Pill?

  1. Last minute option to prevent pregnancy; although the Morning-After Pill should not be used as a type of birth control method.
     

What are the Disadvantages of Taking the Moring-After Pill?

  1. Not a reliable method of continuous birth control.
  2. Some women have side effects including irregular or delayed bleeding.

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