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Dr. Aaron Roland
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Does the morning after pill always work after u take it the same day and what u usually see to detect it really worked??

Does the morning after pill always work after u take it the same day and what u usually see to detect it really worked??

Nothing is always: The morning after pill does not always work but it is reasonably effective. The best way to think of this is to recognize that when used within 72 hours of intercourse the morning after pill will prevent over 50% of pregnancies which otherwise might have occurred. You can tell it worked is by waiting for your period to come or by doing a pregnancy test about one week after your period was due. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Diedrich
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Emergency Contraception (Definition)

Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Does the morning after pill always work?

Does the morning after pill always work?

Nothing is 100%: Effective. Plan b one-step ; similar emergency contraceptives can reduce your risk of pregnancy by up to 95% if used within 24 hours of sex. According to planned parenthood when Plan B is taken 48 to 72 hours after intercourse the efficacy is 61%. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Michael Flax
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Can the morning after pill actually work?

Yes: Originally called the yuzpe method, it is very effective. An offshoot of this method which has been around since the 1970s, is the Plan B method, now available over the counter. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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If the morning-after pill doesn't work, then how will the baby be affected?

If the morning-after pill doesn't work, then how will the baby be affected?

See below: The morning after pill is felt to have an effect on fertilization and/or implantation of the embryo. The half life of these medications is not long. Therefor, there should not be any significant problems with the fetus. Discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Raj Syal
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How does the morning after pill work in the body?

By causing bleeding: These pills cause your cycle to start and thus prevent implantation. ...Read more

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Dr. Usha Mukhytar
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Dr. Margot Watson
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Have Crohn's disease and its under control. Will the morning after pill work?

Yes: Crohn's disease should not decrease the effectiveness of the morning after pill. However, don't rely on that for routine birth control. Get seen and get on something effective! ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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If you take the morning after pill 62 hours after does it still work?

Yes: Just less effectively so. You will still reap some benefit so definitely worth doing even 62 hours after the fact. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Mazin abdullah
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How can the morning after pill work?

Like reg. bcps: Just like birth control pills, the morning after pill can stop ovulation from occuring, or can delay ovulation. It also can interfere with the wombs ability to accept a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Grenitz
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How can the morning after pill work?

How can  the morning after pill work?

Prevent conception: Emergency contraceptive pills work by keeping the egg from being released by the ovary or by keeping the sperm and egg from getting together. Current evidence says they do not work by keeping a pregnancy from implanting in the uterus. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Morning After Pill (Definition)

Emergency contraception is a method to prevent pregnancy in women who have had unprotected sex, or for whom a barrier method has failed (slipped condom, diaphragm, or cervical cap, or broken condom). Emergency contraception medicine is not the same ...Read more


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