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The morning-after pill

The morning-after pill

What is known as the "morning-after pill" is definitely a contraceptive that cannot be used permanently but only for emergency cases. For this reason, it should and must not be used carelessly, but solely as emergency therapy.

Engaging in unprotected or poorly protected sex can have undesirable consequences. A "morning-after pill" should be taken no later than 72 hours after intercourse. It is an emergency drug available on prescription and does not represent a substitute for other contraceptives. One pack contains 2 tablets; the first tablet should be taken as soon as possible and the second tablet 12 hours later. It does not provide protection against sexually transmissible diseases, however!

The earlier the pill is taken, the more effective it is. If the first tablet is taken within 12 hours after sexual intercourse, effectiveness is between 95 and 99 percent. The later it is taken, the less effective it becomes.

The tablet prevents ovulation if taken several days prior; taken after ovulation, it prevents nidation of the ovum in the uterine lining. It is not an abortion pill that terminates pregnancy.

Dr. Mathias Rohla, Facharzt für Gynäkologie Wien, Floridsdorf & Geburt Wien, Frauenarztshilfe . Pastorstraße 2a . 1210 Vienna . t +43 1 257 47 01 .


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Dr. Mathias Rohla Gynaecologist and obstetrician work Pastorstraße 2a 1210 Vienna Austria work +43 1 257 47 01