In the morning after pill is the hormone progestogen. This suppresses ovulation, so that fertilisation cannot take place. However, if ovulation has already occurred, it can also prevent the implantation of a fertilised egg. Once implantation has taken place, it is no longer effective.
The most common symptoms after taking the morning after pill are nausea, abdominal pain and irregular bleeding.
No 100% guarantee
The sooner the morning after pill is taken, the more reliable it is, but remember: there is no 100% guarantee. If your “risk contact” is more than 72 hours ago, then the morning after pill no longer works. If you are afraid that you have run a lot of risk, there is another morning after pill available on prescription of a doctor, which can also prevent a pregnancy on the 4th and 5th day.
Up to 5 days after the risk contact you can have a copper IUD placed. This gives an almost 100% guarantee that you will not become pregnant. Of course, you will have to see a doctor for this.
A morning after pill is much less reliable than a regular contraceptive pill. It is therefore not suitable for use as a contraceptive. It is really an ’emergency’ drug.
Would the morning after dispenser now also appear in the Netherlands? Not yet, but fortunately the morning after pill is available without a prescription at the drugstore.