morning-after-pill

Can I get the abortion pill if I think I’m pregnant?

Someone asked us:

If I had unprotected sex took the day after pill but still haven’t gotten my period can I go to my health clinic and request for an abortion pill even though I’m not 100% positive of being pregnant?

It was smart of you to take emergency contraception. The morning-after pill is safe and effective, and can prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. One of the possible side effects is a change in your next period — it being earlier or later than usual, or heavier or lighter than usual. If you don’t get your period within 3 weeks of taking emergency contraception, then it’s time to take some next steps.

A doctor or nurse can’t give you the abortion pill unless they know for sure that you’re pregnant. So you’ll have to visit a health center and take a pregnancy test first. In most states, the abortion pill can only be taken before your pregnancy reaches 9 weeks. If you’re past 9 weeks, you can still get an in-clinic abortion.

The doctors and nurses Planned Parenthood will help you figure out if you’re pregnant and can walk you through all of your options. You can also buy a pregnancy test at the drugstore and take it at home. Pregnancy tests are most effective if you take it after you miss your period. Make an appointment to visit your local health center here.

I hope that helps!

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

Previously, the pill required a prescription for girls aged 16 or under. In 2011, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius made a controversial move, blocking an FDA recommendation that the pill be available over-the-counter to anyone.

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So how does emergency contraception prevent pregnancy after you have sex? Watch and learn.

AfterPill is the first emergency contraception to be sold exclusively online. The company offers one dose of EC for $20, plus a $5 flat-rate shipping fee, making it roughly half the price of Plan B One-Step.

WOO! This is great news. Hopefully other brands will take note, especially brands effective for bigger patients.

Studies have not established that emergency contraceptive pills prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb, leading scientists say. Rather, the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, and some pills also thicken cervical mucus so sperm have trouble swimming.
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The New York Times.

Basically, the morning after pill does its work before an egg is fertilized. Wonder what anti-choicers will say now…