Emergency contraceptives are a variety of widely-used drugs used to prevent pregnancy. There are many misconceptions about emergency contraception, and our licensed medical professionals are committed to providing Atlanta women with accurate information about their options. Some questions many of our patients ask include:
How does emergency contraception work?
You can get pregnant days after you have sex, as sperm can live inside your body for up to six days. Emergency contraception is a large dose of birth control medication and can work in a variety of ways to prevent pregnancy including:
- Preventing a fertilized egg from implanting onto the lining of the uterus (implantation)
- Preventing the egg from being released into the ovary (ovulation)
- Preventing the sperm from fertilizing the egg (fertilization)
What types of emergency contraception are available?
There are a number of emergency contraceptive products available to women in Atlanta, each working in different ways. Some emergency contraceptive products, like a Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD), require placement by medical professionals. Others, like morning-after pills, don’t require a prescription. Our licensed medical professionals can help you learn more about your options and what might be right for you.
How effective is emergency contraception like the morning-after pill?
The effectiveness of the morning-after pill or another form of emergency contraception depends on a variety of factors, including how soon you take it after unprotected sex and if you are currently taking any other medications. The licensed medical professionals at our Atlanta clinics can offer more information and answer your questions about emergency contraception.
I’ve used emergency contraception but I’m still having pregnancy symptoms. What now?
If you are still having pregnancy symptoms after you’ve used emergency contraception, call us to schedule an appointment for an abortion screening. During this screening, our compassionate team will conduct a lab-quality pregnancy test and, if you test positive, help you answer important medical questions before getting an abortion.
The Women’s Clinic of Atlanta offers medical services and evidence-based education about all options related to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, including abortion, adoption, and parenting; per the Medical Director, the Women’s Clinic of Atlanta offers abortion screening.