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Any sexually active person should already know about its existence but as with any drug, the more information the better, right? The morning after pill is the colloquial name given to Emergency Contraception (EC), which is basically a birth control measure that is taken after the act of sexual intercourse to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. It comes in many forms but this pill is one of the most commonly used.
It generally contains higher doses of estrogen, progestin, and other hormones found in the oral contraceptive pills that would be taken on a regular basis. The colloquial term for it is somewhat of a misnomer, however, because it need not be literally taken the morning after for it to be effective but can be taken upto 120 hours after intercourse.
The pill does however have noted side-effects; these vary from person to person. The most commonly reported are nausea, dizziness, and abdominal pain but they rarely last for more than 24 hours.
Still, despite all the hype about the method, the effectiveness of emergency contraception has only been found to be about 75% and sometimes as low as 54%. So really, it's meant to be used just as the name suggests--as an emergency method, and definitely not one to be relied upon on a regular basis. A combination of birth control pills and condoms are still the way to go--with the bonus that the latter prevent STDs too!
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