I took an emergency contraceptive after 6 hours of having sex, and it was 3 days before my ovulation, will it work?

Good question!

Lets talk a little bit about Emergency Contraception. Emergency Contraception is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy. The hormones delay ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. Emergency Contraception is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy. Emergency Contraception can be taken up to 5 days after pregnancy may have occurred, and it is more effective the sooner it is taken.

It is hard to know if Emergency Contraception was effective, because it only is effective if the person has not already ovulated.  It is also important to know that unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking your temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after your most recent sexual contact. You can trust the result then.

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