You may have heard of "emergency contraception" that is available
over-the-counter or by prescription. What does this term really mean?
Although emergency contraception (also known as "The Morning-After Pill"),
is intended to prevent contraception or pregnancy, these chemicals may also alter the uterine lining so as to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting
. When this happens, the Morning After Pill works as an abortifacient
, terminating a pregnancy and causing an early, induced abortion.
Before taking The Morning After Pill, consider that:
The Morning-After Pill or any other form of emergency contraception are hormone-based chemicals that you are introducing into your body. If you are purchasing emergency contraception over-the-counter and without a prescription, you may not have all the information you need. In fact, you may want to consider taking a pregnancy test first to avoid any unnecessary risks that are associated with these drugs. You can then make an informed decision about your health.
Know the risks of The Morning After Pill
Possible side effects of the Morning After Pill include: menstrual changes, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness. Some women have also reported emotional symptoms associated with surgical or medication abortion. Also, if you purchased emergency contraception over-the-counter, you may not have access to necessary medical advice or appropriate medical care in the event that you experience these side effects.
We can help you make the right choice
For more information about the Morning After Pill, contact us at The Women's Center by calling us at (773) 283-1400, or email us
to make an appointment. We'll provide you with medically accurate information that will help you make an informed decision before you make your purchase. We can also provide you with high-sensitivity pregnancy testing to avoid any unnecessary risks or complications associated with emergency contraception.