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Does the Morning After Pill Expire?

The morning after pill is an emergency contraceptive that works by preventing pregnancy if you feel you are at risk after sexual intercourse. As with any medication, it does have an expiration date. The pill can be obtained from most pharmacies without I.D. and is extremely safe and effective at preventing pregnancy.

How Long Is the Morning After Pill Good For When Stored Properly?

Most brands of the morning after pill last for a few years without being refrigerated if left unopened. This time frame will start from the actual manufacturer date, not the date it was purchased. After the expiration date, the potency and purity of the medication are not guaranteed by the company that has manufactured it.

It is different from other expiration dates, such as that on food, which means that the food may start to go bad a few days after that date. Most medication will stay effective for some time after the date of expiration, but since it is believed to lose potency as it ages passed the date, there is no guarantee that the morning after pill will be fully effective at preventing pregnancy after the expiration date.

You should regularly check expiration dates and contact your healthcare provider if your morning after pill has expired to discuss proper disposal and replacement.

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