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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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Disadvantage of morning after pill?

Disadvantage of morning after pill?

Possible Side Effect: 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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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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What are the pros and cons of the morning after pill?

What are the pros and cons of the morning after pill?

The pro is that it : Can prevent pregnancy. The cons are 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. ...Read more

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What should I expect when taking the morning after pill?

What should I expect when taking the morning after pill?

No side effects OR: Potential side effects of: 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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Which usually happens after taking the morning after pill?

Prevents pregnancy : 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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Are morning after pill over the counter?

Are morning after pill over the counter?

Yes: The morning after pill is available over the counter but there are two rules: you must speak to the pharmacist in order to get it, and you must be 18 or older to get it. ...Read more

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Can the morning after pill affect thyroid?

Can the morning after pill affect thyroid?

It shouldn't...: A morning-after pill is emergency contraception, which means it is used once in a long time, maybe once a year or once in a couple of years. It is not meant to be used as recurring birth control. Because a morning-after pill is a big hormone dose, but only one time and clears out quickly, there should not be effects of long enough duration to change thyroid hormone levels in a noticeable way. ...Read more

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Can the morning after pill harm you in any way?

Can the morning after pill harm you in any way?

Not usually: The " morning after pill", if Progesterone only, may cause a withdrawal bleed which might bring on your cycle early and make you bleed a little longer. Does not usually harm you permanently .Some women are very sensitive to Progesterone and will get a bad headache from it. The side effects are only temporary. Reliable birth control is a good option! ...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