Are emergency contraceptive pills and the "morning after pill" same?

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Yes. Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are often called the "morning after pill," which is wrong because ECPs don't have to be taken the morning after. You should always take ECPs as soon as you can after having unprotected sex, but they can work up to 5 days later.

This answer is based on source information from The National Women's Health Information Center.

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Emergency contraception is used to help keep a woman from getting pregnant after she has unprotected sex or if the birth control method failed. The medication is a concentrated dose of progesterone that prevents the egg from leavi...

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