The morning after pill can be a huge relief for anyone who finds themselves in a sticky situation and gives women an extra layer of protection from unwanted and unplanned pregnancy.
It works through artificial hormones or chemicals that stop or delay the release of an egg, therefore preventing the pregnancy. However, it’s recommended that you only use the morning after pill in an emergency, when other forms of contraception have failed, rather than as an ongoing preventative method.
The pill contains high levels of these hormones and as a result, can cause side effects. While they’re not pleasant, they’re worth knowing about to avoid unnecessary panic or anxiety about what’s happening.
When can you take the morning after pill?
First up, you will need to take the pill as soon as possible after you have unprotected sex – the longer you leave it, the less effective it is. The most commonly available pill, Levonelle, can be taken within three days of unprotected sex, and another pill, ellaOne, can be taken up to five days after.
Will the morning after pill give you a bad stomach?
One common side effect of the morning after pill is a bad tummy, including feeling and being sick. While unpleasant, it’s only actually a problem if you are sick within two hours of taking the pill, in which case, it won’t be effective and you may have to take another dose (although, check in with your doctor or pharmacist before doing so).
What about hormones in the morning after pill??
The emergency method can also cause mood swings and you may feel more emotional than normal. This is due to the hormones in the pill and should resolve within a few days, however, if you’re worried or if you experience ongoing feelings of depression, speak to a medical professional about it.
How does the morning after pill affect your period?
The other common complaint women have after taking the morning after pill is that it affects their next period – it may be heavier, later or more painful than usual.
What about sexually transmitted diseases?
It’s also worth noting that if you have had unprotected sex, you could have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, so it’s a *very* good idea to book in for a check-up at your local sexual health clinic before having sex again.
The unfortunate reality is that accidental unprotected sex can be stressful enough without the added hormones, so be kind to yourself and try and confide in someone you trust and ask for support.
Taken from GLAMOUR UK. Read the original here.
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