Emergency Birth Control
Emergency birth control
is available to women but many do not know it exists. This treatment
must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex in order to prevent
an unplanned pregnancy. The following information will include
information regarding how and when Emergency Birth Control can
be used. Also included are important facts which may help you
decide whether or not this is the best option for you.
This form of emergency birth control
is available to most women. If you can use birth control pills
as a regular form of birth control, then you can probably use
this emergency method also. If you think that you may want to
consider this contraceptive, your health care provider can give
you a prescription.
Women with breast cancer, high
blood pressure, who are already pregnant, or have had blood clots,
should not use this method. Your health care provider can help
you choose an alternative method if you have any of these medical
All women should remember that
this is a last resort contraceptive. Consider all your options
and plan a regular contraceptive method with your physician.
What is it?
Emergency Birth Control is actually
a series of pills, and is not the same as an abortion pill used
in Europe. Emergency Birth Control is not a regular form of birth
control but is available if your regular birth control method
fails. If there is any risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex,
after a condom breaks, or in cases of rape or sexual assault,
then the Emergency Birth Control may be appropriate for you. This
birth control method requires a woman to take one dose of birth
control pills and a second dose twelve hours later. This must
be done within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Taking this increased
amount of hormones interrupts the fertilization process so that
the woman does not become pregnant.
The FDA ruled in February 1997
that, if taken according to instructions, using oral contraceptives
as emergency birth control is safe and effective in preventing
pregnancy after unprotected sex. Contact your health care provider
in order to discuss the treatment and any questions or concerns
you may have.
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