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Types of Emergency Contraception
What brands of emergency contraception are available in the United States?
What brands of emergency contraceptive pills are available around the world?
Which birth control pills can be used for emergency contraception in the United States?
Which daily birth control pills can be used for emergency contraception worldwide?
Can I use any birth control pills for emergency contraception?
How to Get Emergency Contraception
Where can I get emergency contraception?
When to Use Emergency Contraception
When might I need to use emergency contraception?
Who uses emergency contraception?
Do I need emergency contraception if I missed one or more of my regular birth control pills?
How to Use Emergency Contraception
How do I use emergency contraceptive pills?
What doses should I take of oral contraceptives that can be used for emergency contraception?
How long do I have after sex to take emergency contraceptive pills?
What if I take the second dose of emergency contraceptive pills late?
How Emergency Contraception Works
How does emergency contraception prevent pregnancy?
Does emergency contraception cause an abortion?
How are emergency contraceptive pills different from the abortion pill (Mifeprex, also referred to as RU-486)?
Risk of Pregnancy
What is my risk of getting pregnant if I have sex without using contraception or my birth control fails?
Can I get pregnant if I have unprotected sex but the man does not ejaculate (cum)?
Am I still at risk of pregnancy if I have sex after taking emergency contraceptive pills?
When can I take a pregnancy test and be sure that it is accurate?
What are the side effects of emergency contraceptive pills?
If I do not have any side effects, does that mean the emergency contraceptive pills are not working?
What if I bleed after taking emergency contraceptive pills?
When should I expect my next period after I take emergency contraceptive pills?
How effective is emergency contraception?
If I drink alcohol after taking emergency contraceptive pills, will they be less effective?
Are emergency contraceptive pills effective for overweight or obese women?
If I am using enzyme inducers (such as Dilantin, the antibiotics rifampicin or griseofulvin, or St. John’s Wort), will it make emergency contraceptive pills less effective? Are the instructions for using the pills different?
Is emergency contraception safe?
Can I use emergency contraception even if I’ve been told I shouldn’t use daily birth control pills?
Do emergency contraceptive pills increase my risk of having an ectopic pregnancy (that’s when the pregnancy is outside the uterus)?
Can emergency contraceptive pills cause birth defects?
Can I use emergency contraceptive pills if I am breastfeeding?
Is there a limit to the number of times I can use emergency contraceptive pills?
Impact of Emergency Contraception
Why is emergency contraception important?
Will women stop using other forms of birth control if emergency contraception is really easy to get?
If men know women can use emergency contraceptives, will they be less likely to use condoms?
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