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How Does Emergency Contraception Work

How Does Emergency Contraception Work?

Emergency contraception is contraception which is implemented after sexual intercourse has taken place where there is either a risk or a certainty that contraception has failed or the sex was totally unprotected and no contraception was used at all. If you are looking for a emergency contraception service, then contact Pearl Chemist Group for morning after pills which really work.

How Does Emergency Contraception Work?

Emergency contraception is sometimes called the morning after pill and morning after pills work in a similar way to the method in which birth control pills workThe pills work by stopping or delaying the female ovary from releasing an egg.  It might also stop the sperm from reaching an egg that has already been released.  However, if the sperm has already fertilised the egg, it is too late and the pill won’t work to prevent pregnancy. It is important that you take emergency contraception as soon as you are aware of the problem; there is only a short and defined window in which emergency contraception can work and this is commonly within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Emergency contraceptive pills are made up of the same hormones as birth control pills, some have only one hormone whilst others have two. Either kind is issued with two doses. The first dose must be taken as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours or 3 days after the event, the second dose is taken 12 hours after the first one.  Some emergency contraceptive pills have a longer window of up to 5 days for the first dose but the most common prescription is the three-day pill. It is imperative to take both doses and not just the first one.

Is Emergency Contraception Safe?

The amount of hormones contained in Emergency Contraception Pills is very low and they are only used for a short period of time so they are quite safe and have minimal side effects. The most common reaction is a feeling of nausea or actual sickness.

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