Morning after Pill


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The morning after pill is a  kind of contraception  used in an emergency (contraception). For women whose birth control method has failed or who have engaged in unprotected sex, emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy. The morning after pill shouldn't be used as your main form of birth control; it's only meant to be a backup. Both levonorgestrel and ulipristal acetate are included in morning-after tablets.


Morning after Pill

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The morning-after pill often has no harmful adverse effects on most people.

Morning after pill side effects can include the following:

  • Modifications to your regular menstrual cycles
  • Spotting
  • Vomiting and nauseous.
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches and Lightheadedness
  • Your breasts or abdomen hurt. 

For the majority of people, the morning-after pill's negative effects are minimal. But after taking the morning-after pill, speak with your clinician if you experience more severe symptoms or have any questions.

In anticipation of engaging in unprotected intercourse, you might obtain the emergency contraceptive pill if:

  • You are anxious about your contraceptive method failing because you are travelling.
  • Access to emergency contraception is difficult.


For further information about acquiring advance emergency contraception, consult a clinician. You can also discuss with them your choices for common forms of contraception.

There are two different varieties of emergency contraceptives.

  • Levonelle must be taken 72 hours (3 days) after having sex.
  • EllaOne must be taken within 120 hours (5 days) of having sex.


Both medications function by stopping or delaying ovulation (release of an egg). For maximum effectiveness, emergency contraception should be used as soon as possible. 

Levonorgestrel a progestin-only emergency contraceptive pil is used to prevent pregnancy following intercourse. The tablet (pill) needs to be consumed as soon as possible, ideally 24 hours after the last sexual encounter. It can work up to 5 days (120 hours) following sex, but loses potency with time.

Emergency contraception should be used within 120 hours of unprotected sexual activity for optimum effectiveness. At any moment throughout your menstrual cycle, you can use an emergency contraceptive pill.

Taking the morning after pill involves:

  • Follow the directions on the morning-after medication.
  • Take one pill, as soon as you can and within 72 hours of having unprotected intercourse.
  • Take one Ella pill as soon as you can, but no later than 120 hours after having unprotected sex if you useElla.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take another dose of the morning-after pill if you vomit within two hours of taking it.
  • Don't engage in sexual activity before beginning a new birth control method.


The morning-after pill does not provide long-term pregnancy protection. You run the chance of getting pregnant if you engage in unprotected sex in the days and weeks following taking the morning after pill. Make sure you start or continue utilizing birth control. 

The morning after pill can cause a one-week delay in your cycle. Take a pregnancy test if your period doesn't arrive three to four weeks after taking the morning after pill.

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Morning after pills primarily function by postponing or preventing ovulation. After sexual activity, sperm can live for up to 5 days. Fertilization and pregnancy won't take place if ovulation doesn't take place within that period.

It will be more successful if you use emergency contraception as soon as possible. According to studies, your chances of becoming pregnant are as low as 1% to 2% if you use emergency contraception within 72 hours of having intercourse.
Where you are in your cycle is truly what matters. Waiting a few days to use emergency contraception may be too late if you have intercourse while fertile. Because of this, clinician advise using it as soon as possible after having sex.

The morning-after pill is completely safe to take as many times as necessary; however, it is not the most effective method for long-term preventing unforeseen pregnancies. Birth control used before or during sex, such as an IUD, implant, pill, condoms, etc., is significantly more efficient, easy, and cost-effective.

The morning after pill stops fertilisation, not abortion, so (fertilisation of an egg) if you are already pregnant, taking the morning after pill won't result in an abortion.