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Dr. Adam Levy
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Morning After Pill (Overview)

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 as the "abortion pill."


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What is morning after pills exactly?

What is morning after pills exactly?

Plan B: Anyone having intercourse without birth control or condoms may get pregnant. If intercourse was within 72 hours you consider taking plan b. Ella (ulipristal acetate) is another brand that can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. Plan b is a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns to delay or prevent ovulation. Abnormal bleeding after is common. Check preg test in 10 days. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Levy
613 doctors shared insights

Morning After Pill (Overview)

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 as the "abortion pill."


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How does the morning after pill work in the body?

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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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Managing Morning Sickness (Checklist)

Avoid an empty stomach
Once
Nibble on dry crackers
Once
Sip ginger ale or other carbonated beverages
Once
Keep crackers and ginger ale next to your bed
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How safe is plan b?

How safe is plan b?

Safe but w possible: Side effects: potential side effects w emergency contraception: tender breasts; menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal pain / cramping or fatigue. For chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, mouth, throat – call 911. Take pregnancy test ; notify dr if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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How effective is taking the morning after pill?

How effective is taking the morning after pill?

Very: If taken within 72 hours of sex, it decreases risk of pregnancy to below 1%. "off-label", it can be used up to 120 afterwards but will be less effective. ...Read more

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How can I get the morning after pill?

At pharmacy.: No prescription required. www.planbonestep.com provides coupons and name of local pharmacies that carry the med. ...Read more

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Can a prescribed menstrual medicine work as a morning after pill?

Can a prescribed menstrual medicine work as a morning after pill?

Yes: The drugs are similar in many ways but have to be given in the appropriate dosage and timing to be effective for "morning after pill" or emergency contraception. ...Read more

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How many times a month can I take the morning after pill?

How many times a month can I take the morning after pill?

No limit: There is no limitation on this, but if this is such a frequent issue you are best advised to simply go on the birth control pill. That would be simpler and more effective. ...Read more

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I have had to use the morning after pill (emergency contraception) twice in 2 weeks. Is it as effective the second time?

I have had to use the morning after pill (emergency contraception) twice in 2 weeks. Is it as effective the second time?

Yes: It is equally effective but you can imagine a doctor's question.... Why not find a more reliable form of birth control? If you are okay taking pills, consider the birth control pill. Taken each day it will prevent 96% of pregnancies in a woman sexually active over course of a year. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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