What is the “Morning After Pill”?

You may have heard about The Morning After Pill, also known as Emergency contraception (EC). EC is meant to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, to dramatically lower the risk of getting pregnant. These are typically high doses of hormones like those found in birth control pills.

There are cautions and risks which will listed on the package or on an insert in the package. It is strongly recommended that you read all the information prior to taking the Morning After Pill or Emergency Contraceptives.

Emergency Contraceptives will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. Emergency Contraceptives should not be used as regular birth control.

Potential side effects:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unusual menstrual bleeding
  • Abdominal pain (if “ectopic” pregnancy is suspected seek immediate medical care)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Breast Tenderness

STDs and other information:

Emergency Contraceptives do not protect against HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The best ways to protect yourself against getting HIV or other STDs is to not to have sex. If you are married please consult with a medical professional as to how you can reduce passing on STDs to your partner if one of you has tested positive for HIV or other STDs.

The information contained on this page was gathered from the fda.gov website.

This page updated 4/15/2020

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