Want it or not, the truth is, accidents happen. That’s why, it’s very important to know what the morning-after pill is all about.

There are a lot of brands of the morning-after pill. It’s yours to choose. Many of the morning-after pills come without prescription, but there is also some that you cannot get without it. Their price vary from $35 to $65, depending on the brand, but also on the country you live in. It may be less, but it may be also a little bit more.

This kind of emergency contraception is safe, effective and can be used up to 120 hours (five days) after having unprotected intercourse. You might want to use it if:

– your partner’s condom broke

– you forgot to take one or more of your birth control pills

– you weren’t using any kind of birth control when at the time of the intercourse

– your partner didn’t pull out in time

– you were having unprotected vaginal sex against your will

How does it work?

You should know that pregnancy doesn’t happen right after sex. That’s why you have the possibility, if you don’t want children, to prevent pregnancy even after the fact. The time that takes the sperm and egg to meet after having sex is up to six days. The morning-after pill works in a way that it’s keeping a woman’s ovary from releasing an egg for a longer period than usual. Thus, pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with sperm.

You must me aware that the morning-after pill doesn’t cause an abortion. The abortion pill, which is another kind of pill, causes an abortion. The morning-after pill is birth control, not abortion.

What are its disadvantages?

Usually, there have not be reported serious complications  of the morning-after pill, even though it’s been used by millions of women. Its side effects are uncommon, and usually stop within a day or two. However, there may be possible side effects such as:

– an earlier or later, lighter or heavier period than usual

– headaches, breast tenderness, or/and dizziness

– nausea or vomiting. (If you vomit within two hours of taking the pill(s), it/they won’t be effective, because you’ll most certainly get it/them out of your system. For that reason, you need to take it/them again.)

You should not use the morning-after pill frequently because it may cause your periods to become unpredictable and irregular. Also, it doesn’t protect you from STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).