The Morning after Pill
Emergency contraceptive pills or "the morning after pill" are designed to reduce the chances of conceiving. Contrary to the name, you do not have to wait until the next day to take the pill and you do not have to take the pill the morning after you had sex. There are different types of pills available; some are more effective if they are taken right away while others can be used up to five days later and still be effective.
Emergency contraceptive pills are typically used by women who had unprotected intercourse.
This includes: those who missed a dose of birth control, those who experienced a broken condom during sex, and those who were forced to have sex and other situations such as an IUD that came out of place.
The pills contain the same hormones that are found in the contraceptives used daily by many women for the prevention of pregnancy. The pill prevents or delays an ovary from releasing an egg if taken prior to ovulation. Not to be confused with the abortion pill "RU-486," emergency contraceptive pills prevent a pregnancy from occurring while abortion pills stop a pregnancy and expel it.
Some of the side effects of taking emergency contraceptive pills include: nausea, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, abdominal pain, tender breasts and unexpected bleeding. The pill also causes some women to have their next period a few days earlier or a few days later.