THE morning After tablets are a tried and tested form of pain relief for many women.
It is often sought after contraceptives have been broken, forgotten, or in cases of assault.
The morning after taking the medicine works about 98% of the time, similar to birth control pills or condoms.
But for the two percent of people who fail, it’s often a surprise.
There are three reasons why it might not work, and not prevent pregnancy.
Firstly, it’s obviously called taking the morning after pill, but you need to take it as soon as you realize you might need it.
It’s best to take it within three to five days, but the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be.
However, there the time in your menstrual cycle when it’s inactive.
The morning pill is only effective if taken before ovulation – the day of ovulation.
If release has already occurred then the pill will not work, as its purpose is to delay this – and thus stop any fertilization until the sperm has died.
Ovulation usually occurs in the middle of your cycle – about two weeks before your period.
The effectiveness of the next morning pill may be reduced if a woman has a high body mass index.
This is because it makes it harder to get an accurate estimate for the pill.
The guidelines say the effectiveness of the oral emergency contraceptive pill can be reduced if a woman weighs more than 70 kg, or about 11 pills.
If you are taking these drugs, they can interact with it and stop working as effectively.
- herbal medicine St John’s Wort
- certain medicines used to treat epilepsy, HIV, or tuberculosis (TB)
- medicine to make your stomach less acidic, such as omeprazole
- some less commonly used antibiotics (rifampicin and rifabutin)
One person’s mother shared her story on the TikTok account, soholuxeceo, where the video has been viewed over 800k times.
Lacey claimed in the comments that the chemist she received the pill from did not warn her that it wouldn’t work if she was already ovulating.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8188811/three-time-morning-after-pill-fails/ Taking the pill 3 times the next morning may NOT make you pregnant