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.
Emergency Contraception can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected vaginal sex, but it is more effective the sooner it is taken.
A very common side effect of Emergency Contraception is a change in period. It can cause irregular spotting, or may jump start someone’s period. This is because it is a high dose of hormones.
Emergency Contraception can be bought over the counter. It is also offered for free or low cost at Teen Clinic.
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