August 30, 2016
font size

Contraceptive Measures After Unprotected Sex (cont.)

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:

What are the side effects of the morning after pill?

  • There are no serious side effects, but the pills may cause nausea and vomiting in some women.
  • These side effects may be controlled by taking an anti-nausea drug such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine).
  • Frequently a doctor will give a prescription nausea medication, such as prochlorperazine (Compazine), at the same time as the emergency contraceptive pill.
  • A woman may also experience breast tenderness and a temporary disruption of her menstrual cycle.

Who can purchase the morning after pill?

  • One type of emergency hormonal contraception is available without a prescription in the US for people aged 17 or older (proof of ID is required for purchase).
  • It is also available for younger teens with parental permission.

What tests or exams are necessary before you can use the morning after pill?

Neither a physical examination nor any laboratory tests are required prior to use of the emergency hormonal contraception. It can be taken at any time during the menstrual cycle, and the next menstrual period typically occurs within one week of the expected time. The timing of the subsequent menses is, to some extent, dependent upon the time in the cycle at which the emergency contraceptive was taken.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2015


Women's Health

Find out what women really need.

Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations