Birth Control Types
Emergency contraception, or emergency birth control, is used to keep a woman from getting pregnant when she has had unprotected vaginal intercourse. “Unprotected” can mean that no method of birth control was used. It can also mean that a birth control method was used but did not work – like a condom breaking. Other things can happen as well that put a woman at risk for getting pregnant. A woman may have forgotten to take her birth control pills. She may have been abused or forced to have sex when she did not want to. Emergency contraception should never be used as a regular method of birth control. There are effective methods of birth control that women can use on a regular basis to prevent pregnancy.
How does emergency contraception work?
The two hormones prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg or change the lining of the uterus in such a way that a fertilized egg can not implant. The emergency contraception must be used with 72 hours of having unprotected sex. But, the sooner, the better. If you have had unprotected sex more than once since your last normal menstrual period, and at least one of these times was more than 72 hours ago, you may already be pregnant. If you are already pregnant, the Morning After Pill, will not work. If you do not use the MAP, researchers have found your chance of getting pregnant is from 1% to 30%. The MAP can cut down your risk of pregnancy by 75% if used in the first 72 hours. The MAP is not 100% effective, so you could still get pregnant using it. The risk is that the hormones in the MAP could harm the developing pregnancy. If you know you absolutely do not want to be pregnant and you would have an abortion if the MAP did not work, then you are the right candidate for the MAP. If you became pregnant on the MAP and would not have an abortion, then you should consider another course of action.
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Procedures are available as soon as a woman has missed her period, this eliminates unnecessary time delays and provides immediate access to health care.