Sex and Health

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The morning-after pill. How does it work?

The morning-after pill is a high-dosage hormonal birth control pill that women take up to 72 hours after intercourse. Dependent upon where you are in your cycle, it’s designed to:

  • Prevent or delay ovulation (e.g. the release of an egg from your ovaries)
  • Interfere with the fertilization of an egg
  • Prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering the uterine lining

Morning-after pills should not be used as regular birth control as their safety has not been tested. They are not approved by the FDA or recommended by the manufacturer for routine use.

I think I might already be pregnant, can I take the morning-after pill?

If you think you might be pregnant, but want to know for sure, please schedule your free appointment today at any one of our six locations.

The morning-after pill will not stop the development of a fetus once the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus. In other words, if you’re already pregnant when you take it, it will not work.

Is the morning-after pill the same as RU-486?

No, Plan B One-step (a.k.a. the morning-after pill) is not the same as RU-486, which is a medical abortion.

Do you perform STD or STI testing?

Women’s Centers of Ohio does not perform STD or STI testing. If you suspect you have a STD or STI, we can help by providing you with referrals to free STD/STI testing in your area.

Are there any side effects associated with taking the morning-after pill?

Yes, there can be side effects, ranging from stomach pain, headache and fatigue to dizziness, menstrual pain and cramping.

What are STDs or STIs?

Sexually-transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually-transmitted Infections (STIs) are medical infections transmitted through sexual contact. There are numerous STDs and STIs, but some of the most common ones are HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.

Can I be pregnant and also have a STD?

Yes, you can be pregnant and also have a STD. If you’re not sure you’re pregnant, please schedule a free appointment at any one of our conveniently-located centers. We’re here to help you!

How do I know if I have an STD or STI?

All STDs and STIs are different. Many people with HPV or chlamydia don’t develop symptoms but can still infect others through sexual contact. Symptoms for gonorrhea may include pain when urinating or heavy menstrual bleeding. Flu-like symptoms can develop with HIV such as a fever, sore throat, and fatigue.

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