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THE MORNING-AFTER PILL ( EMERGENCY ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE)
It consists of female hormones to be taken in caplets within 72 hours of having unprotected sex or a "birth control mishap". The morning-after pill prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. However, it cannot interrupt a pregnancy.
Emergency oral contraception is even more effective when it is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. However, it can be used up to five days following sexual activity, even though its effectiveness quickly decreases after the first 24 hours. Research shows that 98% of women who use this method will have their period within the two or three following weeks. It is difficult to rely on accurate figures relating to its effectiveness.
There are two different medications available in pharmacies (you will need a prescription from your doctor).Plan B (progestin only):
- two tablets at a time or one tablet as soon as possible + one other 12 hours later or,
pill, estrogen + progestin) :
Warning: the morning-after pill will not protect subsequent sexual activity.
Ovral: women may experience nausea, mostly
after the last two pills. Therefore, it is recommended to take a 50 mg
Gravol tablet a half-hour before the last two pills. If the pills are
evacuated because of vomiting within two hours of their ingestion, you
will need to take two more.
Emergency oral contraception presents very low risks. If you suffer from severe migraine, heart disease or if you have suffered a thrombophlebitis or an infarctus, it is preferable to use Plan B. Women who have no health problems can choose Ovral, which is less expensive.
The morning-after pill may cause your period to be a few days late or early. However, if you don’t have your period within three weeks, you must take a pregnancy test.
Women who breastfeed can use the morning-after pill. The medication presents no danger to the baby because of its very short active period.
If a woman becomes pregnant despite using the morning-after pill, there is no danger for the foetus.
No! The morning-after pill should only be used in emergency circumstances. You should consider relying on a regular birth control method before further sexual intercourse.
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