You might want some at home in case effective birth control gets harder to access.
The messy, untold history of a medication that was originally meant to be used as a regular form of birth control.
The emergency contraceptive Pill (ECP) is also known as the morning-after pill, but it’s not just for the morning after. We asked for your experiences. Here’s what you said.
“These medications are there to prevent or delay ovulation,” said Dr. Petra M. Casey, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Mayo. “They don’t act after fertilization.”
The three methods available in the United States are arranged in order from most to least effective — although Plan B, the least effective option on the list, is still incredibly effective at preventing an unplanned pregnancy that might result from unprotected sex.
Condoms break, contraceptive pills are missed and in the throes of passion, contraception might be overlooked. So from time to time, a woman may need emergency contraception, known as the morning-after pill.
Every person slips up in life, however what if that slip-up happens while having intercourse?
Failure of birth control method may leave someone pondering, what should be done. The morning- after pill is normally the first option that comes to mind, except this there are some common myths regarding the pill that needs to be addressed.
Even a double dose of the morning-after contraception isn't likely to work.
As anyone who has ever scoured apartment listings in New York City is painfully aware, availability and affordability are not the same thing. If you need another example of this phenomenon, just look at the so-called morning after pill...
Despite rumors linking it with a litany of side effects, use of emergency contraception is on the rise. We asked a gynecologist if any of these fears are founded.
It’s not recommended that you use the morning-after pill as your regular, go-to method of birth control, since it’s not as effective at preventing pregnancy as other forms of birth control like the IUD, implant, shot, pill, patch, or ring, [and] is more expensive.
A federal judge ruled this morning that emergency contraception should be available without prescription to women of all ages, calling years of delays in making it so "intolerable."
Now the nation’s leading pediatrics organization is encouraging doctors to also talk to teenagers about the morning-after pill — and to send girls home with prescriptions for emergency contraception, just in case.
Are morning-after pills abortion or contraception?
Plan B is a synthetic dose of the hormone progesterone. It's the same hormone that's in typical birth control pills — but at a higher dose. It works primarily by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg. No egg, no pregnancy.
But if an egg has already been released, Plan B can still prevent the egg from getting fertilized. The dosage literally slows down the movement of the egg and, at the same time, it slows down the movement of the sperm, making it unlikely the two will meet, she says.
Now, here's where things get a bit controversial. If sperm has actually succeeded in fertilizing an egg, Plan B could possibly thin the lining of the uterus so the fertilized egg won't attach and grow. Scientists have no proof that actually happens, but in theory, it could.
Until recently, both the National Institute of Health and the Mayo Clinic, two respected and oft-Googled sites listed what science now considers misinformation regarding emergency contraception.
The use of morning-after pills by American women has more than doubled in recent years, driven largely by rising rates of use among women in their early 20s...
There's a definitive body of research showing that the morning-after pill doesn't stop fertilized eggs from implanting on the uterine wall, despite what their labels say. That's because they work pre-fertilization, which is why they need to be taken soon after unprotected sex. Plan B and Ella act hormonally, by preventing or slowing down ovulation or by changing the amount and consistency of cervical mucus to create an environment where sperm will not survive. When taken too late, after ovulation or fertilization, these medicines don't work.
Will emergency contraception turn you into an emotional train wreck? Will it make you puke your guts out? Does it not work if you’re over a certain weight? Do you need a prescription to get it? The answer is: “Maybe?” Let’s take a closer look at emergency contraception.
Take that, broken condom.
Buying emergency contraception can be one of the most embarrassing experiences for a woman, especially for a single woman. No matter how old you are, there is something embarrassing about publicly admitting you have sex. Having a complete stranger acknowledge that fact (while exchanging currency) can ignite a spiral of shame.
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