Morning After Pills are now legal – what you should know

morning after pills and usage
Emergency contraception when and how to use them

A research carried out by the Guttmacher Institute (an institute that researches on issues related to family planning) showed the following results: nearly 50% of the pregnancies in the US are unintended and about 42% of these pregnancies end in abortion. The research shows that approximately 1/3 of the women in America will have an abortion by the time they are 45years old. The research also stated that women who did not use birth control and were sexually active for a year had an 85% chance getting pregnant during that year.

Fortunately for many we live in a world where there are many options for birth control. The morning after pill is one of these contraceptives which have even been approved for sale without prescription in the US. This reduces the risk and fear that women go through after engaging in unprotected sex. There are many reasons as to why a woman may want to use emergency contraception and this article shall highlight some of them. Morning after pills use hormones to prevent pregnancy by stopping the release of the ovum or making it to the fallopian tube. They also keep the sperm from getting through to the cervix, this way no fertilization is going to occur.

So you may wonder the best way to administer the pills so that they can work effectively. Many birth control experts recommend having morning after pills around especially if one is sexually active. Emergency contraception (EC) should be administered in the shortest period possible after a woman has had unprotected sex. Research shows that sperms can live in a woman’s body for five days after intercourse and it is therefore important to be careful. As time passes by the risk of pregnancy also increases rapidly .After you take the morning after pill you, do not be alarmed in case your period comes earlier or later than the expected time. Most women just have their period normally and at the expected time. If you notice the period is late by more than 7 days or it usually short or light contact your doctor for a pregnancy test.