Morning After Pill

If you haven't missed your period yet...and it is within 72 hours of having sex, you may be thinking of taking the morning after pill or MAP.

  • Before taking the pill, it is important to first take a pregnancy test.

  • The "morning after pill" will not work on an existing pregnancy.

  • It only works within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. Another dosage must follow in 12 hours.

  • The morning after pill releases progestin and estrogen that stops ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of an embryo.

  • Doctors suggest visitation after 3 weeks of using the pills to ensure the patient's health.

  • Emergency contraception has a 25% rate of failure.

  • It is important to talk with a physician so he can explain the health risks and how the morning after pill effects what is happening inside you.

Risks for the Morning After Pill: 
  • Vomiting

  • Blood Clots

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Dizziness

  • Over dosage

  • Liver Tumors

  • Cramps

  • Heart Attacks

  • Irregular Periods

  • Strokes

  • Headaches

Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing, or have vascular disease.