Morning After Pill

You have likely heard about the morning-after pill (emergency contraception) and may know of some women who have taken it before. Often women take it soon after intercourse to prevent any possibility of being pregnant.

What exactly is the morning after pill?


How does it work?

Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, the pill could affect you in one in three ways


Are there any potential side effects?

Yes, you could possibly experience several short-term side effects when taking the morning-after pill. These could include:

* It is possible that abdominal pain and cramping that may result from the use of the morning-after pill can mask the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy which requires emergency care.

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy and why does it matter?


What happens if I use emergency contraception after fertilization?


Why may this be of concern to you?

Depending on your beliefs about when life begins, if you believe that it begins at conception then this would be considered an early abortion.

*After the sperm penetrates and fertilizes the egg, the DNA for that embryo is complete: 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 on the fingerprints.

How can I know if an egg has been fertilized?


Dihle, Vicki L. (2012). The Morning After Pill. [Booklet]. Focus on the Family.