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Morning after pills

By Anonymous May 8, 2010 - 6:19pm
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I just had unprotected sex. I finished my period three days ago. Even though i read that there's nothing to worry if ever u had unprotected sex after you finished your period since it's not yet your ovulation time, I'm still really worried. If i take morning after pills right after i finished my period, what will the effect be?

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Hi Anonymous

Any time you have unprotected sex, you risk pregnancy. There are times in your cycle when it may be less likely, but there is no fool-proof time for unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception is like a big dose of birth control pills. So it does the things the prevent pregnancy. Planned Parenthood says:

"The hormones in the morning after pill work by keeping a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs — ovulation. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with sperm. The hormones in the morning after pill also prevent pregnancy by thickening a woman's cervical mucus. The mucus blocks sperm and keeps it from joining with an egg.

The hormones also thin the lining of the uterus. In theory, this could prevent pregnancy by keeping a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus." http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/emergency-contraception-morning-after-pill-4363.htm

Emergency contraception will affect your menstrual cycle, so it may be less predictable for a month or so. This is a good time to re-consider what you are currently doing for birth control if you do not want to get pregnant. Take control of your sex life and your body, and decide what contraception you want to use before you get into a heated situation. That way you are in control, rather than the situation with your partner, and you won't have to go through this again.

We have information on emergency contraception as well: http://www.empowher.com/community/share/one-step-emergency-contraception-new-choice-women

I hope this helps you. Good luck.

May 10, 2010 - 6:44am
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