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Morning after pill (levonorgestrel)

The morning-after pill, based on levonorgestrel, is a medicine made with concentrated hormone that allows emergency contraception (post-coital contraceptive).
This medicine should be used exceptionally and if possible under the supervision of a physician. Three weeks after taking the pill, it is important to see a doctor to make sure everything is in order.
The morning after pill can be delivered in Brazil without a prescription in the public network. In pharmacies and drugstores the prescription is obligatory.

Note that the morning-after pill is not 100% effective, so if you observe a delay of more than 5 days in your period , we advise you to take a pregnancy test .

When can I use the morning after pill? Indication of the morning after pill

The morning-after pill is a medication that can be taken if no contraceptive method was used during sexual intercourse, or if the usual method was not correctly administered (forgetting to take the pill, condom breakage).

The morning after pill (levonorgestrel) is therefore used in an emergency to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. However, it is not risk-free and therefore should not be used as a resource whenever you forget to take your “classic” pill. This pill should only be used in an emergency, as it can disrupt the cycle.

When should I take the morning after pill?

The morning-after pill should be taken as soon as possible, within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. If it is taken within 24 hours after intercourse, its effectiveness is 95%, if it is taken within 24 to 48 hours after intercourse, its effectiveness is 85%, and if it is taken within 48 to 72 hours (3 days) after intercourse, its effectiveness is 58%.

Effectiveness of the morning after pill

After 3 days its use is not advised, as its effectiveness is unknown (certainly it is less than 50%). For more information, consult a pharmacist or doctor.

We know that, on average, after taking the morning-after pill, pregnancy occurs in only one woman out of about 60 [Source: Revue Prescrire].

Overweight and obese women, ineffectiveness

Caution, levonorgestrel is ineffective in women over 80 kg and little effective in women over 75 kg, according to a statement issued by the FDA in November 2013.

An obese woman can, however, use other methods of emergency contraception in case of unprotected sex, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or ulipristal acetate, sometimes called the “5-day pill”. The intrauterine device can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. Ulipristal acetate should be taken as soon as possible after intercourse, it can still be used within 5 days of unprotected intercourse.

Another interesting study published in the journal Contraception in 2011 showed that obese women taking emergency contraception, especially levonorgestrel, were three times more likely to have the pill not work compared to women of normal weight.

What is the dose of the morning after pill?

The morning-after pill is usually taken as a single dose (levonorgestrel 1.5 mg). However, always consult a pharmacist for the correct dosage of medications.

Side effects of the morning after pill

The side effects are mainly nausea and vomiting , if there is vomiting 2 hours after using the morning after pill, it will be necessary to take a new dose as a safety measure.

Other side effects can also be seen frequently after using the morning after pill, such as headache, pain in the lower part of the belly, bleeding (period), feelings of pressure in the breasts, or even diarrhea or vomiting. Consult a pharmacist or read the package insert to find out all the possible effects of the morning after pill.

What happens to your period when you take the morning after pill?

There should be no change in the appearance of your period. However, if the scheduled time of your period is more than 5 days late, consult a doctor.

To be more precise, menstruation comes at the usual time, in some cases there may be a few days delay. It is also possible to have bleeding before your next period after taking the morning after pill.

Can the morning after pill be used at any time of the cycle?

Yes . But at certain times of the cycle, notably during menstruation or a few days before, the risk of pregnancy is almost nil.

Does the morning after pill protect against STDs (AIDS)?

No,  the morning after pill does not provide any protection against AIDS and STDs, only a condom guarantees this protection.

If the woman becomes pregnant, even after taking the morning-after pill, is there a risk to the embryo?

No, there is no risk for the embryo, according to scientific studies there is no risk for the embryo.

If a woman is already pregnant, can she take the morning after pill?

No, it is not advisable to take the morning-after pill, it makes no sense to use it, as it will not have any effect (remember that it only works well within 3 days after intercourse).

How does the morning after pill?

The morning after pill can have several effects:

– prevent fertilization by delaying or preventing the release of the egg

– prevent implantation, acting on the uterine wall to block the fixation of the fertilized egg (an event known as implantation) or not

– prevent the formation of gravid endometrium

– act on vaginal secretions making the passage of spermatozoa easier

more complicated on its way to the fallopian tubes (to fertilize the egg).

It’s important to know that scientists still don’t know exactly all the details.

about how the morning after pill acts on the woman’s body.

Is the morning after pill an abortive method?

According to the medical literature (from the pharmaceutical industry, which produces the pill), no. However, we received an email from Italy on our Italian website  Creafarma.ch  informing us that the morning after pill is considered an abortive method, without scientific evidence however.
There is still a lot of controversy on this topic, since doctors and scientists do not consider the morning after pill as an abortive method, however, some segments of society understand that this is an abortive practice. Due to the multiple effects of the morning after pill on a woman’s body, from delaying ovulation to preventing implantation, it is very difficult to have a clear view and pronounce on this issue.

For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist, they will provide you with suitable literature.

Jeanne Kenney
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