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What is the morning-after pill?

Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Medicine
The morning after pill is a birth control method for use when a woman has had intercourse in the last five days without protection or if protection has failed. This is the only birth control that is used after the fact. A prescription is not needed for this pill. This "emergency birth control" is also used by victims of sexual assault.
Anna Tarleton Potter
Administration
There really is no such thing. The “morning-after pill” is a way to refer to emergency contraception, but both pill formulations available aren’t only taken the morning after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. One works within 72 hours; the other works within five days. However, if you already are pregnant, or if a fertilized egg has formed, it will not work.

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