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How Safe Is Emergency Contraception?

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Presentation: Emergency Contraception
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Emergency contraception is very safe. It has been available for over 30 years, and almost all women can use at least one type of emergency contraception.
A few side effects are fairly common, though usually mild. Some women feel sick and throw up after taking emergency contraceptive pills. If you are concerned about this, have your doctor or pharmacist recommend an anti-nausea medication.
Other possible side effects include headache, dizziness, cramps, and fatigue. Studies have shown that progestin-only emergency contraception pills, like Plan B One-Step, usually cause fewer side effects than combined pills that also contain estrogen.

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