Emergency contraception isn’t intended to be a primary method of birth control. Unfortunately, primary birth control methods aren’t always 100% reliable, which is one reason why gynecologists may recommend the morning after pill. This medication may be obtained from your gynecology clinic. It works by preventing ovulation, which you can learn more about when you watch this featured video.
This presentation explains that the fertilization of a woman’s egg doesn’t occur immediately after unprotected sexual intercourse. It may take up to five days, which is why using emergency contraception during this time can prevent conception. However, the sooner you use the pill after unprotected sex, the more effective it’s likely to be. Emergency contraception has no effect on an egg that is already fertilized.