3 Things You May Not Know About the Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill
Morning-After Pill

3 Things You may Not Know About The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant

You may have heard about the morning-after pill; you may have even taken the pill yourself. Before we get to the unknowns, let’s get some basic information out of the way. The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, nor does it provide protection against STIs, so it’s a good idea to get a free STI/STD test if you’ve had unprotected sex. Now on to some some things you may not know.

Caution about morning-after pill
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1. The morning-after pill is not designed to stay in your body for long. It is intended to be used every time you have unprotected sex.

Yes, that means if you had unprotected sex on Monday, took the
morning-after pill and then had unprotected sex again on Wednesday, you would have to take another pill Wednesday. Depending on what brand you buy, that could cost $100. Not very cost effective.

Morning-after pill is not birth control
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2. The morning-after pill is NOT an effective form of birth control.

Most morning-after pills are OTC (over the counter). The hormone used is designed to delay ovulation; meaning it is supposed to delay the release of the egg from the ovary. Its effect is very temporary. If you need reliable, long term pregnancy prevention, this is not the solution.

Period tracker
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3. The morning-after pill will likely delay your menstrual cycle.

Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. The number one side effect of these types of pills is irregular periods, which can make tracking your period difficult.

The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, so if you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks you will need to test for pregnancy.

That’s where we come in. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to know for sure. Contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today for your free pregnancy test, free STI/STD testing, and options consultation. All of our services are provided at no-cost and with confidentiality, right here in Newport News. Make us your first CALL and gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for your reproductive health.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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Feeling a little off? It's normal to feel a wide range of emotions in the first trimester.
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Mixed feelings about being pregnant, both positive and negative, are very normal

You may experience a roller coaster of first trimester emotions when you first see that positive result on your free pregnancy test.  Mixed feelings about being pregnant, both positive and negative, are very normal.  Fear, awe, excitement, and anxiety are just a few ranges of emotions you could be riding!  Hormones like progesterone play a big role in those unpredictable mood swings, so sharing your thoughts with someone you trust can be very helpful.

In fact, Alcove Health: A women’s clinic offers just that; a confidential consultation with your own trained Client Advocate and Registered Nurse at no cost to you.

Some other ways you can enhance health, while you’re waiting to book your appointment, during this phase are:

    • Getting enough sleep
    • Eating a healthy diet
    • Mild exercise
    • Educating yourself about the changes your body is experiencing

Although they are normal, these mood swings can be unsettling. So the good news is they usually decrease by the 13th week, or second trimester.

At Alcove Health we are here for you with many FREE resources – verify your pregnancy concerns with a free test, and if you need a free ultrasound that is offered as well, we also have 100’s of local support organizations which will provide a plethora of resources.  Call and schedule your free appointment today 757-591-8141.

By Meg, RN, BSN

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