Oral contraceptives have become a popular way for women to avoid pregnancy. These pills usually contain certain hormones that help to reduce the likeliness of sperm fertilizing an egg during sexual intercourse. When a woman forgets to take her oral contraceptive medication, however, then she is at risk of pregnancy. This is where the “morning after pill” comes in handy. This type of pill is taken the morning after a woman has participated in sexual intercourse. This particular method of birth control is often referred to as “Plan B.”
What Are Morning After Pills And How Do They Work?
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Even though called the “morning-after pill,” it should be noted that this particular drug can be taken directly after a woman has participated in sexual intercourse. Only one dose of the medication is needed in order to prevent pregnancy after a woman has had sex without adequate protection.
There are two ways in which the use of Levonorgestrel may work in the female body to prevent pregnancy. The specific manner in which the pill will work really depends on the stage of the woman’s menstrual cycle at the time of administering the drug.
In some cases, the drug may prevent ovulation from happening, or at least cause a delay in the process of ovulation. In other cases, when ovulation has already started, and the ovaries have released an egg, the hormone in this drug will rather cause interference with the sperm’s ability to fertilize the egg.
Suggestions have also been made that the use of Levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pills may alter the lining of the uterus to avoid an egg attaching to the walls of the womb.
Side-Effects Of Morning After Pills
In many cases, the morning after pills can be taken without experience any significant adverse effects. There are, however, some cases where a woman may experience side-effects after using this type of medication – some women may also experience more severe side-effects than others.
Common side-effects that can occur when the Levonorgestrel drug is used as an emergency contraceptive include abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, and menstrual changes. Women may also vomit, experience fatigue, and become dizzy after they have taken the pill in order to prevent pregnancy after they had sex without using any type of effective birth control method.
The morning after pills offer as “plan b” option for women who might be at risk of pregnancy after they have had sexual intercourse the previous night with no appropriate birth control methods in place. While considered somewhat effective, it should be noted that some women may still become pregnant even after using these morning-after pills. Additionally, the side-effects of the drug should also be considered by women interested in this birth control method.