The morning-after pill

The morning-after pill is not a contraceptive in the true sense, but a form of emergency contraception that can be used, when the actual prevention fails (e.g. condom ripped).

Other names for the morning-after pill are postkoitale pill or the morning after pill. You prevented or delayed ovulation and possibly the nesting a fertilized egg in the uterus after sexual intercourse. The morning-after pill prevents the entry of a pregnancy so and differs compared to the so-called abortion pill, which terminated a pregnancy already occurred.

“Classic” morning-after pill

The traditional morning-after pill is a hormone preparation that progestin (levonorgestrel) contains only the hormone. Overall, two pills in an interval of 12 hours must be taken. While taking the first pill should be done no later than 72 hours (so 3 days) after unprotected intercourse – better even earlier, namely within 24 to 48 hours.

“New” morning-after pill

Then, since October, there is a “new” pill. You works on the basis of the active substance Ulipristalacetat and prevent or delay ovulation also and probably also the nesting a fertilized egg. Ulipristalacetat is a so-called selective progesterone receptor modulator. An effect of the hormone is progesterone normally to prepare the endometrium for the nesting of a fertilized egg. The active substance of Ulipristalacetat prevents that the progesterone here can have effect and makes it therefore impossible for an implantation.

Interested parties can take up to five days after unprotected intercourse the new morning-after pill. Vomiting occurs three hours after taking a second pill must be taken.

Taking the morning-after pill is not considered abortion according to the requirements of section 218 of the Criminal Code (StGB). She should be still viewed as a method of contraception or regularly applied as such. This pill is recommended after unprotected traffic, a prevention range (e.g. torn condom) or after a rape. The traditional morning-after pill as well as the new morning-after pill are prescription and pharmacies. Price, the new pill then with circa 35 euros is slightly more expensive than the classic.

Side effects

“Classic” morning-after pill

Because the pill progestin in high dose then contains the hormone, there can be side effects such as nausea and vomiting.

“New” morning-after pill

The new morning-after pill can cause side effects such as abdominal pain and menstrual disorders.


“Classic” morning-after pill

The Pearl index of the traditional morning-after pill is timely and appropriate application at 1. The method is so certain.

“New” morning-after pill

The new morning-after pill prevents pregnancy in about 97 percent of cases successfully.

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