Pregnant After Taking Morning-After Pill

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Can I Still Be Pregnant if I Took the Morning-After Pill?

The emergency contraceptive pill (morning-after pill) is a drug that can be taken within a certain time window after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy. However, it is still possible to become pregnant.

Read on to find out how this can happen, and what you can do if you are unintentionally pregnant — despite the morning-after pill.


Can Morning-After Pills Fail?

There are several reasons why a woman can get pregnant despite taking the emergency contraceptive pill:



It is possible to become pregnant despite taking the morning after pill, if the drug was taken too late in the monthly cycle  and ovulation had already occurred or was just occurring.

Why? The morning-after pill suppresses or postpones ovulation. As a result, any sperm in the woman’s reproductive tract will have died off before ovulation occurs. Therefore the egg could not be fertilized and pregnancy is prevented.

This means that the morning-after pill is only effective in a situation in which ovulation has not yet occurred. If ovulation is already in progress or completed, pregnancy may occur, since the egg is already "on its way" and can be fertilized.

ℹ️ The morning-after pill may prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall.

According to statistics, 95 percent of pregnancies are prevented if the morning-after pill was taken within 24 hours. It is 85 percent effective if taken on the second day after sexual intercourse (24 to 48 hours later).

  • How Does Pregnancy Happen? - in this article you can read more about how fertilization works, when a woman is fertile and how she can get pregnant.


Further Reasons for Becoming Pregnant Despite Taking the Morning-After Pill

The effects of the morning after pill may also be diminished in the following cases:

  • Vomiting within three hours after taking the pill
  • Taking other medications
  • being severely overweight

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Pregnant After Taking the Morning-After Pill?

Perhaps you have recently taken the morning-after pill — and have the feeling that you still might have become pregnant. Maybe you’ve missed your period, your breasts are very tender, or you’ve noticed other signs of pregnancy.

In this situation, it is a good idea to take a deep breath and then to make sense of what is going on. The symptoms which you think are pregnancy related, could actually be an after-effect of the emergency contraceptive pill.

Even though the morning-after pill is easy to use, it is still a medication that contains a high dose of hormones. These interfere significantly with your hormonal balance and physical processes. This is why there are often noticeable side effects, which can be similar to premenstrual symptoms.

Possible side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast tenderness and hypersensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Menstrual irregularities

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You can be more certain by taking a home pregnancy test from the pharmacy section of your local supermarket. For more information go to How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?


Pregnant Despite Emergency Contraceptive Pill — Now What?

Perhaps you have taken the morning-after pill — and now you have found out that you are pregnant anyway... although you probably wanted to avoid pregnancy by all means. This situation can pull the rug right out from under your feet, and you are likely wondering what to do now.

Try these things:

  1. Give yourself time - to process this news, to calm down, and to let your decision mature. Check out "Until When Can I Get an Abortion" which tells you how much time you have left to make this decision!
  2. Use our judgement-free resources to find the path that is right for you: 


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