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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However, as morning after pills are available from pharmacists and other locations the true figure is likely to be higher.
It's impossible to say how many unwanted pregnancies have been avoided because the morning after pill is available for free.
Mr Wells said: "It is difficult to know how the PCT can justify such public expenditure when there is no evidence to support the idea that making the morning after pill freely available to young teenagers in local pharmacies will make the slightest difference to teenage pregnancy rates.
Overall, seven per cent of women had used the morning after pill in the year prior to interview, a similar proportion to that observed in previous years
Any woman who requests the morning after pill must be asked a series of questions to make sure government guidelines are met.
Women could think 'I can take the morning after pill so I won't bother with a condom'.
The morning after pill helps prevent pregnancy if taken with 72 hours of failed contraceptive use.
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THE morning after pill, under the brand name Levonelle, has been available over the counter at pharmacies since 2001 and costs about pounds 25.
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.