Morning-after pill: A form of contraception used after rather than before sexual intercourse. Morning-after pills interfere with pregnancy by blocking the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus (womb). The pills contain the same drugs as regular birth control pills, but in higher doses, and work the same way. Morning-after pill is a misnomer because these pills may be taken up to 3 days after unprotected sex. The term was coined back in 1966. Also known as emergency birth control pill or EBC pill. See also: Emergency contraception.
The idea of emergency contraception â€”-or a morning-after pillâ€”- is based on a theory. Under this theory, if a woman has unprotected sexual intercourse (without use of ...
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Morning-after pill â€” Overview covers risks, instructions for using this type of emergency birth control.
The emergency contraceptive/morning-after pill has three modes of action (as does the regular birth control pill); that is, it can work in one of three ways:
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