What is the Morning After Pill and when would I need it?
The Morning After Pill is used to keep a woman from getting pregnant when she has had unprotected vaginal intercourse. "Unprotected" can mean that no method of birth control was used. It can also mean that a birth control method was used but did not work - like a condom breaking. Other things can happen as well that put a woman at risk for getting pregnant. A woman may have forgotten to take her birth control pills. She may have been abused or forced to have sex when she did not want to.
The Morning After Pill is actually an incorrect name because the prescription is never taken as one pill, the "morning after." The currently available medication, Plan B, is taken in two doses, 12 hours apart. Plan B works best if taken within 72 hours of unprotected vaginal intercourse but a newly approved emergency contraceptive pill, Ella, can be effective up to 120 hours after sexual intercourse. The Morning After Pill Prescription contains higher doses of hormones than those contained in birth control pills. The Morning After Pill can have only one hormone, progestin, or can have two hormones, estrogen and progestin. If a woman can't take estrogen or is breastfeeding, she can use progestin-only Morning After Pills. If you need the Morning After Pill our doctors will prescribe the best pill for you to use.
The Morning After Pill should never be used as a regular method of birth control. There are effective methods of birth control that women can use on a regular basis to prevent pregnancy. You may contact our office at 305 494-0536 to arrange a consultation with the doctor to discuss methods of birth control.
How can I get the morning after pill today?
In Miami you may purchase the Morning After Pill, Plan B at Miami Urgent Care. The health care provider may take your medical history and do a urine pregnancy test, and will talk with you about which type of emergency contraception is best for you. You should never take Morning After Pills that belong to another family member or friend. It is very important to first talk with a health care provider.
You can contact our office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 305 494-0536 and one of our doctors will be available to assist you getting the morning after pill and with any other of your health care concerns. We are always available to help.
How much is the fee for the Morinig After Pill?
Our fee is $100.00 for th consultation and $50.00 for the medicine. After hours and weekends the cost of obtaining the Morning After Pill are $125.00 for the consult and $50.00 for the medications.
How does the Morning After Pill work?
The Morning After Pill keeps a woman from getting pregnant by stopping:
· ovulation, or stopping the ovaries from releasing eggs that can be fertilized;
· fertilization, or stopping the egg from being fertilized by the sperm;
· implantation, or stopping a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the wall of the uterus.
If you are already pregnant, emergency contraception will NOT work. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, where the pregnancy develops outside of the uterus, it will also not work. This can be a serious condition that can be fatal. Signs of ectopic pregnancy include extreme pain on one or both sides of the lower abdomen, spotting blood, and feeling dizzy or faint. If you think you have an ectopic pregnancy, go to an emergency room right away.
How effective is the Morning After Pill at preventing pregnancy?
The Morning After Pill that contains both estrogen and progestin is about 75% effective at keeping a woman from getting pregnant. ECPs that contain only progestin are about 89% effective. The sooner a woman gets the Morning After Pill after having unprotected vaginal intercourse, the better it works. If a woman is in the fertile part of her cycle (ovulating), or close to that time, when she uses the Morning After Pill, her chances of getting pregnant are greater.
What if I take the Morning After Pill and it does not work? If I keep the pregnancy, will there be something wrong with the baby?
Studies have been done with women who did not know they were pregnant and kept taking birth control pills. These studies have found no increased risk for birth defects. You should see a health care provider right away to talk about your options. Please call our office 305 448-8134 to arrange an appointment with the doctor to receive counseling.
What are common side effects to the Morning After Pill?
Some women have nausea and vomiting after taking the Morning After Pill. Our Urgent Care doctors can prescribe medication to help control the nausea. If you have severe nausea, it is important not to stop taking the pills. If you do not finish the pills, you may not prevent the pregnancy.
After you have taken the Morning After Pill, you can expect that your first period may come sooner or later than normal. Your blood flow also may be different - heavier, lighter, or more spotty than normal. You MUST use another method of birth control if you have vaginal intercourse any time before your next period starts.
Now is a good time for you to start planning for the future. Learn about birth control methods and choose one you feel comfortable with. Talking with our doctor is a good way to start. Call our office today at 30 448-8134 to arrange a consultation to receive birth control. Unprotected intercourse places you at risk for several STD's. Our STD doctors can test you and if necessary administer prompt treatment. Call us today to arrange an appointment.
Is the Morning After Pill the same thing as the "abortion pill?"
No. The Morning After Pill prevents pregnancy. It works by stopping an egg from being released from the ovary and by stopping an egg from being fertilized, or reached by sperm. The Morning After Pill also stops a fertilized egg from attaching, or implanting, itself to the wall of the uterus (or womb). The so-called "abortion pills" (Mifeprex (mifepristone) also called RU-486) work after a woman becomes pregnant - after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. These pills cause the uterus to expel the egg, ending the pregnancy.
What about STD's. How can I get checked?
Having unprotected intercourse or having intercourse with a broken condom places you at risk for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis, herpes and other STD's. Contact our office at 305 448-8134 to make an appointment to be checked for STD's by the STD doctors at Miami Urgent Care.