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raven wrote at 2006-11-07 20:12:16
Any "expert" who makes moral comments like "You're not supposed to have sex with your boyfriend" is not worth the paper her degree is printed on. I hope you go directly to hell.

Drea M. wrote at 2007-08-11 02:37:37
This was a helpful answer, except for the last few sentences. Boyfriends are not just precursors to being a mother and wife. Women are viable sexual and intimate beings, and having lovers is a healthy and necessary part of adult life. Exploring them in EVERY way can lead to both interpersonal and intrapersonal growth, even when the relationship does not last or ends badly. Shame on you for spreading your conservative, mysogonist views in a health forum.

Hannah wrote at 2007-09-27 19:07:15
The day after pill is not an abortion!  The person who wrote that is stupid and narrow minded. The morning after pill is simply a higher dose of a regular birth control pill.  It is safe to use and wont abort a baby.  With this in mind, you shouldn't let people's religious views on things sway your own beliefs.  Good luck with this.

Hannah wrote at 2007-09-27 19:10:25
The morning after pill is simply a higher dose of a regular birth control pill, not an abortion.  This person is stupid and narrow minded.  Don't let other people's religious views sway your own beliefs.  Good luck with this, I hope I was helpful.

just the facts wrote at 2007-10-06 05:05:55
To the person who responded Brigid's question.  You need to get your facts straight before you dispense advice.  The morning after pill is not an abortion.  It's a strong dose of birth control that keeps the sperm from fertilizing an egg and prevents the egg from implanting in the uterus.

Anne wrote at 2008-02-25 16:04:00
I don't believe she asked your opinion about the morning after pill or if she should or shouldn't be having sex with her boyfriend or not.  Keep the preaching to yourself.

Ashley wrote at 2008-04-08 15:47:16
In response to the above answer:

The morning after pill is not the same as abortion.  It has the ability to stop the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg.  This means that it can prevent pregnancy by stopping conception, not by killing a fertilized egg.  In this sense, it is more similar to other methods of birth control (the pill, condoms, etc.) than abortion.  It can PREVENT pregnancy, rather than TERMINATE pregnancy.  However, if the egg has already been fertilized, it may stop the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall to continue its growth and development.  This will result in the death of the fertilized egg becuase it will not get nourishment.  The reason you cannot call the morning after pill abortion is because when you take it you do not know if your egg has been fertilized or not.  Even if the egg has been fertilized and the morning after pill prevents its attachment to the uterine wall, the pill in no way kills a "baby" in the sense that the fertilized egg would necessarily attach to the uterine wall and result in birth 9 none months later.

melissa wrote at 2008-04-23 22:02:05
Most BCP manufactures advise that you always have a "spare pack" of pills on hand for several reasons (losing a pill, for example, or losing your pack of pills, or if you missed too many pills and need to start a new pack). Ask your Dr or pharmacist for an extra pack to keep on hand for these occasions.

Missing one pill will slightly decrease your protection this month. The morning after pill is a concentrated birth control pill with the purpose of providing enough protection to reduce your chance of getting pregnant. You should not take both the MAP and your regular birth control.

Jackie O wrote at 2008-06-17 11:47:20
The morning after pill is NOT in any way an ABORTION.  It reduces the chance that you will release an egg, and does not abort any such egg previously fertilized.  Don't run your agenda, give sound medical advice

StacieHope wrote at 2008-09-22 03:46:13
A Morning After pill IS NOT an abortion.  It actually prevents the fertilization of the egg, which is not a baby or even a featus.  There is no life that you are killing by taking a morning after pill, so there is no concious weighing choice.  That person has no idea what they're talking about.

RA wrote at 2008-10-10 05:04:34
I know this is an old question, but I'm hoping no one else has found it and taken the answer to heart without reading the follow-ups.  JackieO had the best response here.  The original response was really terrible, in fact.  

The "morning after pill" / brand name "Plan B" / "emergency contraception" (all the same thing) only prevents ovulation, so that no egg is present to be fertilized.  If you have already ovulated then it can't "cause an abortion" -- it is then up to chance whether that egg gets fertilized and then whether it implants.  Plus, what was that nonsense about boyfriends?  

Correct answer: continue taking one pill each day.  On the last day, after your seven sugar pills, you will need to skip ahead to the next pack.  Basically you are just moving your entire birth control schedule ahead by one day.  

DON'T give yourself an eight-day period, because right before or right after the week of sugar pills is a bad time to tack on one more day of no-hormones.  Unexpected ovulation can more easily occur during that wide window than missing one pill during other parts of your cycle when you have recently had the hormones in your system.  Hope that made sense.

t wrote at 2008-12-24 06:29:51
You should be fine BC wise, but if you are an anxious wreck the morning after pill is there.

The morning after pill is not necessarily an abortion.  It prevents ovulation, can prevent fertilization and prevent implantation.

While some may argue that fertilization is conception which is life.. therefore the MAP is an abortion, in many more cases, no conception has occurred.

As for Boyfriends, many people have different ideas about sex before marriage.  Whatever your beliefs, be safe, and be respectful.  No birth control is 100 percent, so be ready for the consequences of sex.  

Caitlyn wrote at 2009-02-25 03:42:54
The day after pill is NOT an abortion pill. It is simply a higher dose of hormones so the would be potentially fertilized egg can't attach to the uterine wall. Thus the egg cannot form. It never grows, so it never has a heart beat, so it's not an abortion.

Cassidy wrote at 2009-11-19 17:51:06
The Morning After pill doesn't cause an abortion. Know what your talking about or don't answer questions. Itís the same hormones that are in a normal birth control pill just about 3 times more; they just prevent ovulation if it hasn't happened yet, by making a woman's body think that it is already pregnant. You can take them up to three days after sex because that is how long on average it takes for sperm to fertilize an egg.

To answer the original question though, you should be fine unless you were having sex at the end of your real pills, then you might want to take a morning after pill to make up for the missing one.

Lilly wrote at 2014-04-09 10:32:25
I was looking to ask a similar question and I agree this answer does not help In any way, even  if this was the person who I do want to be my husband doesn't mean I want children yet that's why there is a morning after pill I wouldn't say it was an abortion as the egg hasn't even formed in any way. This website isn't very helpful at all. I think the answer is  patronising and rude!  

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Your period is a natural normal function of your body. Protect your fertility. Birth control pills are bad medicine for something that is delicate and easily destroyed. Now is a good time to quit using the pill.

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