What Is The Difference Between The Emergency Contraception Pill And The Normal Pill?
| How Are Emergency Contraceptives Different To Ordinary Birth Control Pills?
An emergency contraception pill is used to prevent pregnancy AFTER unprotected sex whereas the normal pill is designed for use BEFORE sex. Emergency contraceptive is basically just a stronger dose of the same hormones used in regular contraceptive pills. It is also called the morning after pill, the day after pill and the morning after contraception. These names are slightly misleading because you can take most emergency contraceptives brands for up to 5 days after unprotected sex, and not just until the morning after. If you don't have access to emergency contraceptives, it is possible to use a higher dose of the normal pill instead.
List Of Emergency Contraception Brands
The following is a list of emergency pills available in the United States. Research shows they are all effective in preventing pregnancy if taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex (although the sooner you take it, the better):
Regular Birth Control Pills
Taking emergency pills is one of the most effective way of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. But, as it may not always be possible to get hold of them, the FDA have approved the following list of regular birth pills as safe for use in higher doses as emergency contraception:
How Many Ordinary Birth Pills Should You Take?
To find out how to take the ordinary pill as an emergency contraception, check out:
Did You Know?
Nearly 50 percent of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended and not planned. Emergency contraception can offer women a last chance to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. It also offers security to the 8.6 million American women who rely on condoms for protection and who may be concerned about condoms breaking or slipping off. No oral contraception however offers any protection against sexually transmitted diseases, only a condom (including the female condom) will do this.
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