Morning After Pill Information

Before taking the Morning After Pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you’re pregnant and advise you on your options.

What is the Morning After Pill?

Morning-after pills can either contain one hormone, an extremely high dose of levonorgestrel (also known as Plan B), or a powerful combination of progestin and estrogen. This method is designed for use within 72 hours of intercourse, and a second dose needs to be taken 12 hours later.

How Does the Morning After Pill Work?

The morning-after pill is intended to prevent implantation of the fertilized ovum in the endometrium. Implantation has been described as the fourth stage of human embryonic development. Because it contains some potent drugs with serious side effects, and its application is related to the timing and frequency of sexual activity, extreme caution should be used when considering this method. Ask your West Pasco Pregnancy Center counselor about this method if you need more information.

Things to Consider

Side effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, dizziness, menstrual changes and headache. The morning-after pill is only about 80 percent effective in preventing pregnancy after a single act of unprotected sex, according to the manufacturer. Blood clots are another danger that is being studied with regard to the drugs involved in the morning-after pill.