the morning after pill. (reopening this one)

Kalie - posted on 03/13/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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are you for it? against it? iffy about it?

i personally am all for the morning after pill. people see it as an abortion, but 24 hours after sex there really is no baby. it takes 2 weeks for a baby to start developing. i want to know everyone elses views.

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Mary Renee - posted on 05/02/2011

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I HATE that people put the morning-after-pill in the same category as abortion!!!! To me that is so horribly socially irresponsible. If you look at the science of the pill, it either prevents the sperm and egg from meeting, or if they have met, it prevents implantation (or at least that's what I was told when I took it TWICE as a teenager due to birth control failure - the condom broke during the time I was most likely to conceive)

The morning-after-pill belongs in the same category as birth control pills. No, you don't want to rely on it as birth control but *morally* it falls into the same category.

Calling the morning-after-pill "abortion" is like saying "I eat infant chicken omlette" for breakfast. No, your egg sandwich has not been fertilized and is not viable.

Can you imagine a Catholic rape victim getting pregnant with her rapist's child because she was under the impression that the morning-after-pill was abortion!? That's horrible. Give these women a break, enough with the un-due guilt. In my opinion that's totally irresponsible.

Alecia - posted on 05/03/2011

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i dnt feel that there is anything wrong with it, but i wouldnt recommend it for regualr use. i used it after i had my daughter. my hubby and i had sex about a mnth after having her and i just didnt want to fall pregnant again so quick so i went and got it the next day to be safe. there shouldnt be any moral concerns becuz if ur already pregnant, it usually does nothing to that pregnancy. it has to be taken before implantation to be effective.

Caitlin - posted on 03/19/2011

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Corena - life doesn't start at sex.. the egg is only fertilized 2-3 days after sex happens anyways, and if sperm meets egg already in the uterus, it's too late.. That's why the pill is taken ideally within 24 hrs but up to 72 hours later, when no fertilization has even occured...

That being said, i've used it - once.. I was 16, went to party, drank too much and when I came to, My pants were undone and my underwear was, well, not put on right. I have no idea if it was me because I was too drunk when leaving the bathroom to pull them on right, or if one of the guys at the party took advantage of the chick passed out on the floor of the bedroom. To be safe - I took the pill.. Here, you don't need a prescription froma doctor to get it, you can go to the pharmacist and ask for it, they'll make sure it's safe for you and it cost me like 35$.. Got 2 blood tests within the next year to check for STDs like the pamphlet suggested, and tada! No babies until I decided it was time when I was 21...

Krista - posted on 03/14/2011

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It really depends on the person's situation, Laura. I'm married, and we're looking at trying for another baby soon anyway. So if I had sex with my husband and realized afterwards that I'd forgotten to take my pill the day before, I would just shrug and figure that whatever happens will happen.

However, I can see situations where for some women, a pregnancy would be an absolute disaster. You could have a girl who's worked her ass off to save up money to finally go to college, and have gone through the same thing as Jodi: broken condom and pill rendered unreliable due to illness.

If a pregnancy would utterly derail someone's life, then I can see why they would want to use EC, for sure.

Personally, I think doctors should offer a packet containing a dose of it to every female patient of childbearing age at every doctor's visit, so that the woman has it at home, "just in case". I went to Planned Parenthood once for a pap smear, back when I didn't have a family doctor. They were very nice, albeit a little crunchy-granola ("No, I don't need to see my cervix with a hand mirror, thanks. Let's just get this done and over with, shall we?") But the doctor DID hand me a little packet before I left, containing one dose of EC. And she said, "Keep it. Hopefully you'll never need it. But you might. Or a friend might. And at least then you'll have it." I thought that was so sensible, and wish that all doctors would do that.

Krista - posted on 03/13/2011

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The morning after pill is similar in chemical composition to regular oral contraceptives, Laura.

Although scientists aren't completely sure how it works, they believe that levonorgestrel prevents pregnancy either by stopping the ovulation process or by disrupting the ability of sperm and egg to meet in the fallopian tubes. Some speculate that the drug may prevent the fertilized egg from implanting as well, perhaps by making the uterine lining less receptive to the egg.

Levonorgestrel does this by disrupting the natural hormonal cycle. It contains a synthetic form of progesterone (regular birth-control pills contain it in lower doses). The high doses of progesterone in Plan B are disruptive enough to prevent fertilization or implantation.

If ovulation has already occurred, levonorgestrel will be less effective. It will be most effective if it's taken before ovulation. This is why it's important to take Plan B as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Once a fertilized egg implants, Plan B will have no effect. This explains why doctors advise women to take Plan B no later than 72 hours after unprotected sex -- the chances of it working are very low at that point.


So yes, they believe that it might thin the uterine lining. However, that's not its main function, and they're not even 100% sure that this actually takes place. Its primary purpose is to prevent ovulation in the first place.

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Alecia - posted on 05/03/2011

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and i only took it once. i then got on depo and wish i never had. been off since last june, got pregnant once in Oct and lost it at 7.5 weeks. havent gotten pregnant since :/

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I think it's a wonderful invention for those occasions already listed here. I myself have always been firm in my use of contraceptives but even then, I had a scare once and really wish that it had been available then. I'm spayed now thank goodness so I no longer worry.

Amy - posted on 05/03/2011

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I think it's a great option to have - depending on how it's used. If something happens like condoms break, rapes, etc....it's great to have a back up like that for when you are trying to be responsible, but oops, life didn't work like that. I did have a problem with a friend of mine who was married with one child and they were out of condoms so they had sex, then got a morning after pill. To me that was irresponsible and if you're married and already have a child [and claim they want more kids.]. run to the store quick and get a condom - heck a pack of them. think before acting. and as far as i know it is quite expensive to get morning after pill.

so for some cases it's great. for people who are just lazy...eh, I don't know. Maybe it's still a good thing.

Mel - posted on 05/02/2011

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no there no baby. I have no problem with it although would not personally use it myself. If Ihave unprotected sex then thats my choice and I know the choice Im making and that there is a possibilty of pregnancy when I have sex. I DONT have a problem with anyone else using that , but for me I will not use that or any other birth control pills.

Merry - posted on 05/02/2011

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Some women feel that certain birth control is like an abortion.if you believe life begins at conception then any thing that prevents implantation would be viewed as an abotion like process in which a living embryo is destroyed.

So if you believe life doesn't begin until implantation then yes there's nothing weird about the morning after pill, but those who believe life begins at conception would have problems with both the morning after pill and some birth control.

So yes, both are in the same category.

Tina - posted on 05/01/2011

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Nothing wrong with the pill you can even take it before you have sex, but always have protection, no mater what

Christina - posted on 03/19/2011

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I had three pregnancies while I was a teenager (due to the fact that birth control does not work for me. I am either allergic and can't use it, or it fails miserably) and when I had my last child at the age of 23, I got my tubes tied. I had had seven pregnancies at that point, three resulting in miscarriages. About two years ago, my tubal ligation failed and I ended up pregnant again. I miscarried that baby as well.
After my husband and I split up, I starting having sex with a guy I knew. I mainly did it to get back at my ex-husband for going off the deep end and doing something so illegal that I had three options-pack up my children and leave immediately (which is what I chose), call the cops and have him arrested, or lose custody of my children. So I slept with his friend. I used the morning after pill because I definitely did not want a baby with that man. The morning after pill will not cause an abortion, it just prevents the sperm from getting to the egg. It warns you on the package that it will help PREVENT pregnancy, but if you are already pregnant when you take the pill, it will not cause you to have a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage.)

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As an option on your yearly check up it could be good (although in the UK we don't have yearly check-ups unless there is a problem found), but I still think especially in the US it will cause more problems to hand it out every visit, there are women who struggle to pay for their doctors visits as it is so to add an extra cost (nothing is ever free) would just make that even more difficult for them. Even if they just offer it every visit I can see the doctors thinking OK well we can increase our rates for every patient as we are giving 30% of them this pill, so it would affect everyone who goes to the doctors.

Amber - posted on 03/14/2011

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I would take it if I needed to. I want more children though, so even though I'm not going off my pill yet, I wouldn't do anything if I forgot one time :)



I think it would be a good idea for them to hand it out at doctor's appointments. Unless somebody is going to their doctor regularly, they won't be able to use it as their primary birth control. And their doctor will be able to see how often they are coming to get a MAP, and could talk to them about alternate forms of birth control. They don't have to hand you one every time you come in, it could just be an option at your yearly check up.

Rosie - posted on 03/14/2011

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i'd take if if i needed to. it's does exactly what the birth control pill does, just in a higher dosage. meh, i don't see the big deal.

Krista - posted on 03/14/2011

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It does work best if taken within 24 hours though. And I guess my rationale is that a) in the U.S. you get charged for the doctor's visit or hospital visit, so some women might not go get the prescription for EC, due to being broke, and will just enter a state of denial, thinking that they're not THAT likely to get pregnant and b) not everybody has easy access to medical facilities, particularly if they're in a remote area.

Even if they don't hand it out at every visit, they should at least OFFER it, I would say.

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I don't have an issue with EC being used for what it is intended for, like Jodi to me concepton takes place when the egg implants and not before so I don't see it as abortion. I think recommending your female relatives to use it if they are having sex an don't want to take other contraceptives is irresponsible, for all the reasons Krista listed and more we should encourage use of EC only in emergency (split condom, forgot pill etc) situations as an occasional (at worst) need not a regular need.

I also can see problems with EC bveing handed out at every appointment with the doctor because it would elad to people using less normal contraception - the younger girls who maybe was relying on their bf using a condom could be persuaded by him to let him not wear it as they have the morning after pill anyway, go on just this once it won't hurt (you get the idea); as well as it costing more because so many pills would be wasted and would end up in the dustbin and so end up in landfil (let's be honest how many of us take unused pills back to the pharmacist?) that in turn could lead to hormonal issues amongst landfil workers (IDK if this would happen but I am summising worst case scenarios here). It would also raise the cost of seeing the doctor in the US (so they can fund the extra meds) and would limit the ability of the doctors/ hospitals to treat other illnesses in places with universal healthcare like the UK (each surgery only has limited funds how much would be taken up by handing out pills like candy?).

I think instead of doing that (giving it every visit) it would be more beneficial to ensure that there is always a place available to obtain EC - 24hr pharmacies, medical centres/ hospitals should be able to provide it every single day if necessary regardless of if it is a holiday or not - they don't need to be 24 hours because although the pill is at it's best when taken within 24hrs they have up to 72 hrs to take it.

Jodi - posted on 03/14/2011

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I've used it before - broken condom and I'd had a tummy bug the week before, so I didn't trust my pill. Honestly, as a one off, it is no big deal for most women. I don't have a moral issue with it. No matter WHAT contraception you are using, you are interfering with nature in some way. I definitely don't agree with it being a regular form of birth control, but I don't see the harm as an absolute emergency back up.

To me, conception has not taken place until the embryo implants, and the cells begin to divide. If you are taking a morning after pill, this hasn't happened yet.

Alyssa - posted on 03/13/2011

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It isn't something that should be relied on as a sole form of contraception....and I don't see that happening really. (a visit to the doc/pharmacy after every time?) And it doesn't offer protection for STD's either. As a last resort when accidents happen...fine.

I don't liken it at all to abortion. By the next day it would be just a few cells... thats even if the sperm has cracked the eggy yet!

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I haven't been in a situation where I would use it for myself. My friend did use it after being raped in college. I can see why people would need it and I would probably consider it in a horrible situation like hers as well. I also wouldn't recommend it as primary birth control for the reasons Krista stated. It's not meant for that. It's meant to be a back up if your primary birth control fails.

Merry - posted on 03/13/2011

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Thanks krista!
It's a very thin line for me one way to the other. But I probably just wouldn't use it myself.
Maybe if I were raped, but other then that I can't imagine wanting to prevent a pregnancy!

Merry - posted on 03/13/2011

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Idk how it works, but I dont agree with using hormonal bc that thins the uterus lining, causing a possible embryo to disintegrate.
Idk if the morning after pill does this or not.
But I don't have an issue with others using any form of bc because it's all up to what the woman feels ok with personally.
I personally see it as a baby as soon as it begins to divide cells, but I know some don't see it that way so for them it wouldn't be a problem.
That's assuming the ma pill works by thinning the uterus lining, as I said, I don't know exactly what it does to prevent pregnancy!

Anyone know?

Krista - posted on 03/13/2011

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I would definitely take it if my primary birth control failed. And no, I don't see it as an abortion, primarily because if a pregnancy has already implanted, the morning-after pill will not harm it.

Unlike Trish, however, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody as their primary form of birth control, because a) it can make you feel VERY sick when you take it, b) if it does, and you throw it up, then what? You have to go out and get more, and that's just impractical, and c) it obviously doesn't protect against STDs. I WOULD, however, advise any female friends or relatives who do not want to conceive, to ensure that they get a prescription for it and get it filled, and to keep it handy. That way, if their birth control does fail, they don't have to undergo the stress of trying to access EC during what may be an inconvenient time (weekends, holidays, etc.)

Trish - posted on 03/13/2011

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I took it and didn't fall pregnant. I tell my other younger female family members to take it if they are having sex and don't want to take any other birth control. The MAP here in NZ has to be taken at least 24hrs after sex if taken after that time...it doesn't work. So I'm not too sure what other people are saying about the MAP but I would take it again if I was having sex and not wanting to fall preggers.

Lacye - posted on 03/13/2011

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I wouldn't take it but I'm not going to tell somebody else that they can't. Especially a person that really needs it like a rape or incest victim.

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