The morning-after pill, also known as emergency contraception, is a type of birth control that can be taken after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of morning-after pills available: levonorgestrel-based pills and ulipristal acetate-based pills.
Levonorgestrel-based pills are available over-the-counter without a prescription, and must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. They work by preventing or delaying ovulation, but are less effective if ovulation has already occurred.
Ulipristal acetate-based pills require a prescription and must be taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex. They work by preventing ovulation and can be more effective than levonorgestrel-based pills, even if ovulation has already occurred.
If fertilization has already occurred, the morning after pill may prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg.
It is important to note that the morning-after pill is not intended to be used as a regular form of birth control, as it is less effective than other methods and can have potential side effects such as nausea and vomiting. It also does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
If you have had unprotected sex and are considering using the morning-after pill, it is important to talk to a healthcare provider to determine the best option for your individual needs and circumstances.
Women’s Choice Network provides pre-abortion services vital to your health and safety including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and consultation. We also provide post abortion screening, abortion pill reversal, and other medical consultations with our Nursing staff. We do not provide abortions or abortion referrals.