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.