Help! I Need the Morning After Pill

By September 1, 2013 March 21st, 2017 Contraception, Womens Health

No matter how careful you are, occasionally even the most responsible women out there will need a backup plan. Perhaps you indulged in unprotected sex, or realise after the fact that your protection method failed; regardless of your circumstances, women the world over are able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that last night does not necessarily have to lead to permanent consequences, thanks to the Emergency Pill.

The emergency pill, (known also as the “morning after” pill or emergency contraceptive) is different from the hormonal birth control that is taken by women on a regular basis. Instead, its an extremely concentrated dose of hormones which are intended to be used within a very narrow window of time following unprotected sex, or intercourse where another method of birth control has failed (i.e. the rubber broke). There are two main types of emergency pills and just how narrow that window of time is will depend upon the type of pill you select.

What Emergency Pills are available?

Help! I need the morning after pill, we hear you say. The first type of pill contains a hormone known as progestin, which is intended to effectively trick your body into thinking it is already pregnant, meaning that no further fertilisation will occur. Typically, you have three days (72 hours) from the time of intercourse to take this pill in order to reliably prevent pregnancy. Obviously, the quicker you take the pill, the more effective it tends to be… and ladies, can we all agree that this is one time where acting quickly will pay off? There are several brands of this type of contraceptive on the market today, including Levonelle, which is offered on Loxdoc for online ordering. As a general rule, when taken correctly, there is an 88% – 95% success rate (depending on brand); that is to say, between 88 – 95% of women who took this type of emergency pill did not get pregnant.

The second type of morning after pill is currently available only in America and Europe (lucky gals) and is known as ellaOne. This pill contains ulipristal acetate, which just sounds like it would be effective, doesn’t it? Don’t worry about trying to pronoucnce the ingredients; the important thing for you to note is that this pill offers a five-day window post-intercourse and generally, women experience very few side effects when they take it.

That said, it is important to note that there are some side effects associated with taking these medications, though much like any other prescription, the severity will vary from person to person. The most common side effects women report are abdominal pain, nausea, queasiness and an upset stomach. It is not uncommon for some women to throw up after taking these contraceptives—though it is important to remember that if you do throw up, you will need to take another pill in its place.

Because the medication is hormonal in nature, it could also very well impact your regular period. Frequently, women will notice light bleeding after taking the pill, or irregularities in their next period (earlier, later, heavier or lighter than normal). Breast tenderness, cramping, headaches, fatigue and dizziness are also very normal. These symptoms should go away within a few days; a baby you did not plan for on the other hand, will stick with you for the rest of your life so really, the discomfort is relative.

If you engage in unprotected sex, are forced to have sex against your will, or suspect your primary birth control has failed, we strongly encourage you to visit Loxdoc immediately. Because we guarantee all orders will be shipped directly to your home within 48 hours, if you act quickly you should receive your emergency contraceptive in plenty of time to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. It’s your body ladies, cheers to you for taking responsibility for your sex life!

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