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What Is Next Choice Used For?

If you had unprotected sex, using Next Choice within 72 hours may help prevent pregnancy. This "morning-after pill" works by stopping ovulation or by preventing fertilization of the egg, if ovulation has already occurred. Next Choice is only approved for use in females of reproductive age. This emergency contraceptive is available over-the-counter for individuals age 17 and older; those younger than 17 will need a prescription.

An Overview of Uses for Next Choice

Next Choice® (levonorgestrel) is a "morning-after pill," an emergency contraceptive that is used to prevent pregnancy when used within 72 hours after unprotected sex. It comes in two forms: original Next Choice (which consists of two tablets that are taken 12 hours apart) and new Next Choice ONE DOSE (which consists of one tablet). Both products are available by prescription for individuals under 17 years old or without a prescription for those 17 and older.
 
In some states, specially trained pharmacists may dispense Next Choice to all women, regardless of age, without a prescription.
 
After any one act of unprotected intercourse, the average woman has an 8 percent chance of getting pregnant. If she takes Next Choice, that risk is reduced to about 1 percent. However, Next Choice should not be used as your main form of birth control, as other methods are usually much more effective.
 
Next Choice is ideal for use in the case of contraceptive failure (when another form of birth control, such as condoms, fails) or to prevent pregnancy after sexual assault. It should not be used on a regular basis as a woman's primary form of birth control.
 
Next Choice contains a high dose of levonorgestrel, a progesterone-type of hormone that is used in many birth control pills. It prevents pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries) or by preventing fertilization of the egg if ovulation has already occurred.
 
Next Choice also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg has already implanted into the uterus, Next Choice will not cause an abortion.
 
Next Choice should be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours (three days) after intercourse. The sooner you can take the drug, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.
 
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