morning after pill


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A high-dose oestrogen pill given in the early post-ovulatory period to prevent implantation of a potentially fertilised egg after unprotected intercourse

morn·ing af·ter pill

(mōr'ning af'tĕr pil)
An oral medication, consisting of two pills taken 12 hours apart that, when taken by a woman within 2-3 days after intercourse, reduces the probability that she will become pregnant.
Synonym(s): emergency contraceptive, emergency hormonal contraception, postcoital contraception.
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LOCAL underage girls sought emergency morning after pills at more than twice the national rate.
But despite the dramatic surge in demand since the morning after pill became more easily available, there has only been a small drop in the number of abortions in Scotland.
Health experts last night said the statistics were "disappointing" while the Catholic Church in Wales condemned the use of the morning after pill as "morally unacceptable".
But it comes after research published in the British Medical Journal which said the morning after pill had done little to reduce abortion rates in the UK.
The proportion of women obtaining the morning after pill from a family planning clinic remained stable at 21 per cent.
Rachel Heath, education officer for Life said: "We are deeply concerned that the morning after pill will be available over the counter.
69% of the pharmacists indicated that pharmacists should have the authority to refuse filling prescriptions for emergency contraception such as the morning after pill.
Dr Bates said: "The women we worry about are those who take the morning after pill too much.
Pharmacist Aleysha Begum, a temp filling in for the normal chemist, refused point blank to prescribe the morning after pill saying she was morally and religiously against it.
Over the same period, the proportion of women obtaining the morning after pill from their own GP or practice nurse fell from 41% in 2003/04 to 33% in 2004/05 and the proportion getting it from a walk-in centre or minor-injuries unit fell from 11% to 3%.
A WOMAN was refused the morning after pill because the chemist was Muslim and said it was "against her religion".