The morning after pill is often used in the movies. But how much do you really know about the pill? Do you even know anyone who has personally used the pill in real life? Have you discussed this pill with your doctor? Here are some facts about the pill.
It is Used Only In An Emergency
The morning after pill is taken when one has had unprotected sex and they do not wish to get pregnant. It is considered a form of emergency contraceptive.
It Is Used After Sex
This pill is taken after one has already had unprotected sex. This can include willing and unwilling sex (even when one is raped).
Timing Is Important When Taking The Pill
Some of the brands of pills are taken within 3 days of having unprotected sex. Other brands can be taken within 5 days of having unprotected sex.
However, if one is fertile when they have the unprotected sex, the pill should be taken as soon as possible to prevent pregnancy.
You Usually Don’t Need A Prescription To Get The Pill
Many forms of morning after pills can be purchased directly from one’s pharmacy or women’s health clinic without a prescription, if they are over 17 years of age. However, some forms such as Ella will require a prescription.
Costs of Morning After Pills
The costs of morning after pills will vary. These costs will depend on the brand that one buys and where one purchases the pill. They may be cheaper at some women’s health clinics.
Side effects will vary from person to person. Some women may not have any side effects. Other women may suffer from mild side effects such as nausea, stomach pain, and headache. Other women may suffer from severe side effects that may require other medications to help ease the symptoms.
Throwing up is common when taking this medication. If you throw up two hours or more after taking the medication, the medication should still be in your system. If you threw up before two hours has passed, you should discuss this issue with your pharmacist or doctor.
Spotting may also occur and one’s next period may be late. If either of these becomes an issue of concern for the woman, she should contact her doctor.
Do Not Use More Than One Morning After Pill Per Month
You shouldn’t be relying on these pills as your only form of birth control. These pills should only be used once per month. You should also avoid having sex for a while after taking a morning after pill. The pill can delay the timing of your ovulation. This means you may have a higher chance of becoming pregnant the next time you have sex, especially if you have unprotected sex.
You should also not use a morning after pill, if you suspect you are pregnant, already. The hormones in these pills may not be safe for you or the baby you may be carrying.
Of course, the best way to prevent pregnancy is to not have sex. The next best way is to use protection. This can include a variety of birth control methods. Yet, in a pinch you may want to consider using a morning after pill, especially after you learn all the facts that go along with this pill.
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