Morning After Pill: 10 Things You Should Know

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Do you have questions about the morning after pill? We solve them all by answering the 10 most frequently asked questions.

What is the morning after pill?

The morning after pill is an emergency contraceptive that prevents ovulation. It should only be used in an emergency; it is not regular contraception.

When to take it

The longer you wait, the less effective the pill will be. It can be taken in several cases: Forgetting the contraceptive pill, unprotected relationships, condom breakage or failure of other methods.

Is it effective?

If you take it in the first 12 hours, the reliability is 95%. If you wait 24 hours, it goes down to 58%. If more than 5 days have passed, stop having any use.

What to ask if I want to take the morning after pill?

It depends on the date of the incident. There are two types of pills: the one that must be taken before 72 hours, and another that can be taken up to 5 days later and that is more effective.

Where to buy it?

You can buy it at any pharmacy, and it can be purchased without a prescription. Children can also request it for free at any family planning center.

How to take it?

It is taken like any tablet, with a glass of water.

Do you have side effects?

It can cause headache, stomach pain, mild bleeding, nausea, vomiting, breast pain, dizziness or fatigue. Although these side effects are not very common, and only happen in a quarter of cases. In case of vomiting in the first 3 hours of taking it, it is necessary to take another emergency pill.

Should we heed myths?

There are different myths around the morning after pill :

  • Does the morning after pill leaves you sterile? One in 10 women thinks it affects fertility. It has no impact on fertility since it only affects the ovules of the current cycle.
  • It is abortive? Many women think it is equivalent to abortion, but their function is to delay or stop ovulation.
  • Is it free? It is not free for adults. Its price varies based on the country you are, although children can order it for free from the year 2000 at any family planning center.

What to do after taking it?

Wait for the rule to come on its normal date. If it is delayed more than 5 days, you should take a pregnancy test.

Can I take it frequently?

No, it is an urgent method, and should not be used on a regular basis. Since it affects our ovulation and its abuse can have negative consequences.

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