When should I call a doctor after taking emergency contraception?

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If you took emergency contraceptive (EC) medication, call your healthcare provider if:
  • You vomit within 2 hours after taking an EC pill. You may need to take another dose.
  • You have heavy bleeding.
  • Your next period is more than a week late. You may be pregnant.
  • You have severe abdominal pain. This may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a fertilized egg that has attached outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube (the tube that connects the ovary to the uterus).

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Emergency Contraception

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...

ng the ovary, meeting with sperm or attaching to the uterus, depending on your cycle stage. If you are already pregnant, the emergency contraception pill will not work.
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