Morning-After Pill Q&A - Freeport Pregnancy Center
The what if questions can be scary. You ve probably heard about the morning-after pill. Some call it emergency contraception. Now you need more information, and soon, because one of your what ifs -pregnancy is a real possibility.
What is the morning-after pill? It s a drug intended to be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It contains a high dose of progesterone (levonorgestrel), which is found in many kinds of birth control pills. At the dosage found in the morning-after pill, this drug may work on rare occasions to prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus. It is often referred to by the brand name that started it all, Plan B®.
Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, the pill could affect you in one of three ways. It may prevent ovulation: The egg will not be released to meet the sperm, so fertilization, sometimes known as conception, can t occur. It may affect the lining of your Fallopian tubes so that sperm cannot reach the egg. This also prevents fertilization. It may irritate the lining of your uterus. If an egg has already been released and fertilized by the sperm, this irritation could make it harder for the embryo to implant in your uterus.
Yes! You may experience several short-term side effects when taking the morning-after pill. These include: nausea and vomiting irregular and unpredictable menstrual periods cramping and abdominal pain, which also might be the sign of an ectopic pregnancy . **NOTE: You should know that these symptoms from the use of the pill can mask the signs of ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening if emergency care is not sought. fatigue headache dizziness breast tenderness
**What is an ectopic pregnancy and why does it matter? This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, most often in the fallopian tubes. The morning-after pill won t end an ectopic pregnancy. If you have severe abdominal pain 3 to 5 weeks after using the morning-after pill, see your health care professional to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. If an embryo is growing in a fallopian tube, you will need to seek emergency care!
You should know: After the sperm penetrates and fertilizes the egg, 46 human chromosomes come together in a one-of-a-kind genetic design that determines a person s eye and hair color, gender, skin tone, height, and even the intricate swirl of the fingerprints.
What happens if I use emergency contraception after fertilization? The high dose of levonorgestrel found in the morning-after pill may irritate the lining of your uterus. That irritation may keep the embryo inside you from implanting, ending its life. If this happens, an abortion will occur, because each human life begins as an embryo.
That s the problem, you can t know. But we do know that sperm can reach the fallopian tubes mere minutes after intercourse, and if an egg has already been released, fertilization can occur. So, there is a possibility that by the time you wake up on the morning after , a new human life may have already begun. If that s the case, using emergency contraception might cause a very early abortion.
You should know: The morning-after pill can t guarantee that you won t get pregnant, nor does it protect you from HIV/AIDS or other sexually-transmitted infections or diseases.
Always think carefully before you use emergency contraception, and make sure you understand the side effects and risks! Post Tagged with morning after, pregnancy, side effects, STD, unplanned pregnancy Previous Post Next Post
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