The Morning-After pill is often referred to as emergency contraception. If you had unprotected sex and are considering taking the Morning-After Pill here are some things you need to know.
The Morning-After pill works by releasing a high dose of progesterone (levonorgestrel) which is found in many birth control pills. This means the embryo is not able to implant itself in the lining of the uterus, thereby preventing pregnancy. The pill must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. If you are already pregnant the Morning-After pill is not effective in terminating the pregnancy. Also, it will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases. Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea and vomiting, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness or breast tenderness.
For more information on the Morning-After Pill, choose a Life Choices location near you and make an appointment to learn more.