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Shouldn't I tell my daughter about the "morning-after" pill in case there's an emergency? Make her aware?

Yes. Encourage her to use it? You may want to know more first.

The morning-after pill, otherwise known as emergency contraception, consists of a cocktail of high-dosage hormones, which can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse. The pill "works" by either preventing ovulation or blocking implantation of an already fertilized egg. However, the morning-after pill offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.

Some states (including California, effective January 1, 2002), allow pharmacists to dispense Mifepristone, known as the morning-after pill, without a prescription.

Physicians that oppose the morning-after pill being available without prescription are concerned about the lack of physician oversight, counseling and safeguards for contraindications or complications.

Side-effects of the morning-after pill can include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • infertility
  • breast tenderness
  • ectopic pregnancy, which can be life threatening
  • blood clot formation

If you are interested in obtaining more information about the morning-after pill, you can do a search on line and find many varying perspectives. Just use your favorite search engine and type in "morning-after pill."

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