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Emergency Hormonal Contraception (Overview)

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, to prevent becoming pregnant.


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Does emergency contraception exist?

Does emergency contraception exist?

Yes: It is most useful and effective the sooner it is taken to unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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Emergency Hormonal Contraception (Overview)

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, to prevent becoming pregnant.


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Why does emergency contraception delay periods?

Why does emergency contraception delay periods?

Hormonal effects: Plan b is used for unprotected sex with contraceptive failure. It works using female hormones. Plan b can prevent the ovary from releasing an egg, thicken cervical mucus which makes it harder for the sperm to reach the egg and thins the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation. ...Read more

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Can necon 1/35 be used as emergency contraception?

Can necon 1/35 be used as emergency contraception?

See specifics below: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www.Not-2-late.Com . If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read more

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Help plz! Can planned parenthood emergency contraception pill delay your period the following month?

Help plz! Can planned parenthood emergency contraception pill delay your period the following month?

Yes: Taking Plan B may delay your 1st period by about a week. It is best to do a pregnancy test and be safe. It should not have any effect on the period after that. ...Read more

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Can you use Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control pills as emergency contraception?

Can you use Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control pills as emergency contraception?

Yes: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www.Not-2-late.Com . If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read more

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Does the emergency contraceptive pill cause an irregular period afterward?

Does the emergency contraceptive pill cause an irregular period afterward?

It may: Potential side effects w emergency contraception include menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period). Take pregnancy test & notify dr if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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Can we use norgestrol pill as an emergency contraceptives?

Can we use norgestrol pill as an emergency contraceptives?

Yes: Levo-norgestrel 0.75 mg tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse; a second 0.75 mg tablet should be taken 12 hours after the first dose. ...Read more

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Are emergency contraceptive pills (ecps) the same as the abortion pill?

Are emergency contraceptive pills (ecps) the same as the abortion pill?

No: Emergency contraception is basically a specific way to take birth control pills that work to prevent ovulation. Ec will not abort a pregnancy once it is established. This is why it need to be taken as soon after unprotected intercourse as possible to work. ...Read more

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What causes hormonal contraception to fail?

Nothing is 100%: The most common cause of failed hormonal contraception is related to user-error: missed pills, patch, ring, shot, etc, but even if you use a method perfectly, failures can happen. Next to permanent sterilization, the most effective methods include iuds and implants--which are "forgettable"--and not as subject to user-error, making them easy and very effective to use. ...Read more

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Changing contraception adviseable if spotting on pill?

Changing contraception adviseable if spotting on pill?

Common: Many women will have spotting or breakthrough bleeding when starting the pill. By the third or fourth pack of pills, most women are bleeding only when they are supposed to - during the last week. Be patient and don't change until after at least 4 cycles. ...Read more

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Do emergency contraceptives delay period (i.e plan B) . ?

Do emergency contraceptives delay period (i.e plan B) . ?

They can: Potential side effects w emergency contraception include menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period). Take pregnancy test & notify dr if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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Could ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) emergency pill delay your menstruation?

Could ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) emergency pill delay your menstruation?

I assume you are : Referring to use of multiple ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) since it is not an emergency contraceptive when normally used. It could delay menstruation. Potential side effects w emergency contraception include menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period). Take pregnancy test ; notify dr if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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Can we take emergency contraceptive pill after every sex?

Can we take emergency contraceptive pill after every sex?

Please don't: Emergency contraceptive pills are designed to be used after an episode of failed birth control NOT as regular birth control. ...Read more

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Used condom properly. No ejaculation. No birth control. Chance of pregnancy? Should i use emergency contraception? (Within 72 hours)

Used condom properly. No ejaculation. No birth control. Chance of pregnancy? Should i use emergency contraception? (Within 72 hours)

Personal choice: Properly used condoms have less than a 2% failure rate, so additional back up plans are your choice. Proper use means the condom is applied before any intercourse, remained snug during sex, and sex stopped if the condom became loose. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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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