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Does Morning-After Pill Really Work? And How To Get It?

Does Morning-After Pill Really Work? And How To Get It?

If you are worried about becoming pregnant after you’ve had unprotected sex, a morning-after pill can be most handy. The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception. It can also give you some peace of mind if the condom broke during intercourse.

But the term ‘morning-after’ is quite misleading. You don’t have to wait until the next morning to take the pill. It’s best to take it as early as possible after intercourse, though you may even have up to five days after sex to take the pills, depending on how close you are to ovulating. The earlier you take it, the better the chances of preventing the pregnancy. [1]

Types of Morning After Pills and Their Effectiveness

The day-after pill, morning-after pills, or emergency contraceptive pills contain the same hormones found in regular daily oral contraceptive pills. There are different types of emergency contraceptive pills. The degree to which it can reduce the chances of getting pregnant depends on the type of emergency contraceptive used and how quickly it was taken after having unprotected sex.

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Progestin or levonorgestrel pills:  

  • can reduce your risk of getting pregnant by 88% [2]
  • have less side effects than the other types of morning-after pills

Ulipristal acetate pills:

  • has been found to be highly effective
  • available by prescription only in the United States
  • can be taken up to 5 days after the intercourse
  • sold as ella in the United States and as ellaOne in Europe

Progestin and estrogen combined:

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  • combine both progestin and estrogen
  • cut your chances of getting pregnant by 75%
  • can cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting [3]

Mifepristone pills:

  • highly effective emergency contraceptive pill
  • few side-effects
  • currently available only in Armenia, Russia, China and Vietnam

Copper-T IUD:

  • can be inserted by a health care provider up to five days after sex to prevent pregnancy
  • said to be much more effective than other types of emergency contraceptive pills because it reduces your risk of getting pregnant by more than 99%[4]

How Emergency Contraception Methods Work

Many people believe that the morning after pill is a form of abortion. It is actually more about prevention, rather than abortion, but if ovulation has taken place, some types of morning after pills can abort the embryo before it gets implanted in the uterus.

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Morning after pills have three modes of action:[5]

  1. Ovulation is delayed by altering the normal menstrual cycle.
  2. Ovulation is inhibited; the egg is prevented from being released from the ovary.
  3. The lining of the uterus is made unreceptive to the egg.

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    The female egg is released during ovulation. The union of the egg and the male sperm occurs in the fallopian tube and it then travels to the uterus for implantation. if the emergency contraception is consumed after fertilization has taken place, an unreceptive uterus rejects the embryo, making implantation impossible and resulting in a chemical abortion.

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    Where to Get Morning After Pills

    Several different brands of emergency contraceptive pills or morning after pills are available in pharmacies across the United States.

    Anyone can buy progestin-only pills without having to show an ID. There are several popular brands of this medicine such as Look for Plan B One-Step, Take Action, Next Choice One-Dose and My Way. They usually cost about $50, while the generic ones are around $40. You can find these on the shelves in the family planning aisle.[6] If you want to stock up for an emergency, a generic form of Plan B One-Step can be purchased online for $20 with additional shipping charges.

    The Ulipristal acetate pill Ella is sold by prescription only, irrespective of age. Even if you have a prescription, it is best to call the pharmacy first to ensure it is in stock. If you want insurance for purchasing morning after pills, you can ask the pharmacy counter for help. Ella can be ordered online with next-day shipping for $67.

    You can also buy emergency contraceptive pills from Healthcare providers such as Planned Parenthood and health department clinics.[7]

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    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

    How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

    How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

    The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

    Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

    Here are some study tips to help get you started:

    1. Use Flashcards

    Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

    Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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    To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

    One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

    Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

    As Tony Robbins says,

    “Repetition is the mother of skill”.

    2. Create the Right Environment

    Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

    Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

    3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

    In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

    An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

    4. Listen to Music

    Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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    5. Rewrite Your Notes

    This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

    Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

    To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

    6. Engage Your Emotions

    Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

    Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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    For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

    7. Make Associations

    One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

    Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

    To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

    You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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    Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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