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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


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I took the morning after pill once, is there bad effects in the long term? And is it the same as the contraceptive pill? Which is heavier?

I took the morning after pill once, is there bad effects in the long term? And is it the same as the contraceptive pill? Which is heavier?

Plan B: Plan B emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it's taken, the better it works. It contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills, just at a higher dose. There are no long term bad effects. You are fine. ...Read more

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How long does the morning after pill side effects last?

How long does the morning after pill side effects last?

Acute side effects: Normally resolve within several days but in some cases it may take several months for the menstrual cycle to even out. ...Read more

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What are the morning after pill side effects? How long do they last?

What are the morning after pill side effects? How long do they last?

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. Most except for ...Read more

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How long after taking the morning after pill would the side effects start?

Side effects: Everyone is different. Some people get no side effects from medications, including the Morning after pill. Some do get side effects, and they can start hours after taking it to days. ...Read more

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So i had to take the morning after pill and i'm wondering when the side effects are going to start and how long their going to last?

So i had to take the morning after pill and i'm wondering when the side effects are going to start and how long their going to last?

May have none.: Potential se’s w emergency contraception: tender breasts; changes in menstrual flow (spotting, bleeding, early or late period or spotting instead of period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal discomfort or feeling tired. If you develop chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, mouth, throat – call 911. Notify your gyn if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have side effects from the morning after pill a month later? and how long does it take to get out the system? thank you!

Is it normal to have side effects from the morning after pill a month later? and how long does it take to get out the system? 
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A few hours: The Morning after pill starts to get out of your system a few hours after you take it and is certainly all out of your system after a few days. Any symptoms you feel a month later could not be attributed to the morning after pill. ...Read more

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Penis pushed against vagina, no sex. Should i take morning after pill? I am very scared of its side effects lasting for too long. Should i take it?

Penis pushed against vagina, no sex. Should i take morning after pill? I am very scared of its side effects lasting for too long. Should i take it?

Consider it.: If you were not protected with another method, there is a very small possibility you could become pregnant, especially if you ovulated before the exposure (day 12-16 after starting your period). The morning after pill is very safe and has few side effects. Most importantly, make a plan with your partner for contraception before you have a "next time". ...Read more

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How long after sex is the morning after pill effective?

How long after sex is the morning after pill effective?

Take within 72 hours: The sooner after the "accident"the better. Start them within 72 hours (3 days). Take them exactly as the package directs and make sure you read all of the directions. Emergency contraception should only be used once in a menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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