What is emergency contraception?
If the condom slips or you forgot to use birth control, you should turn to the morning after pill, also known as emergency contraception. How does the morning after pill work? Watch this to learn!
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Emergency contraception may prevent unwanted pregnancy if used correctly, but can affect your menstual cycle. Check out this video to find out more about emergency contraception and your period.
Transcript: Emergency contraception is commonly known as the morning after pill, and can be taken on the occasions...
Emergency contraception is commonly known as the morning after pill, and can be taken on the occasions when your standard birth control choice fails - or you fail to choose it! It may prevent an unwanted pregnancy. It may contain the hormone progestin or a medication called ulipristal acetate. If used within 72 hours of unprotected sex, around 80% of the time the pills prevent ovulation and implantation of a fertilized egg - although the chances that an egg will be fertilized at all are exceedingly small. Studies reveal widely divergent rates of effectiveness, but in general the antiprogestin ulipristal acetate proves most effective. Whichever form you choose, it could affect your menstrual cycle. Some women experience breakthrough bleeding for a day or two after they take the morning after pill and BEFORE their period arrives, usually in the first 7 days. The spotting DOESN'T mean that you're not pregnant. You won't know THAT until your period arrives. If spotting becomes heavy AND is accompanied by severe abdominal pain, lightheadedness and dizziness, you should see your doctor as soon as possible, as these symptoms may be signs of an ectopic pregnancy. If you took a morning after pill, your period may come a week EARLY or a week LATE. Some studies have shown that the arrival of your period is related to the point in your cycle at which you took the pill. One study showed that the earlier in your cycle you take the pill, the earlier your period will be. But it's different for everyone. Another form of emergency contraception that is approved by the FDA is the ParaGuard copper IUD. Inserted within 72 hours, the manufacturer says it is more than 75% effective-with some studies reporting virtually 100% success. With the IUD, you may experience spotting and a heavier period for up to 3 months, but that fades as your body adjusts to it. It can be left in for several years and unlike morning after pills can be used as ongoing contraception. You SHOULD get your period within a month of having the IUD put in by a doctor. When your period arrives, you will know for sure that the pill or the IUD worked. Some women experience a SHORTER, spottier period, though others have longer and heavier ones. Emergency contraception is highly effective, but if your period is MORE than 7 days late, you should take a pregnancy test. Learn more about menstruation by watching other videos in this series!More »
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