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Is Cramping a Side Effect of the Morning After Pill?

The morning after pill is emergency contraception that has very few rare side effects with use, one of these is possible cramping. The morning pill is safe and can be purchased over-the-counter at most pharmacies. They are one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy after having sex without the use of contraception.

Types of Morning After Pills

The most common forms of morning after pills that can be obtained without a prescription include pills containing levonorgestrel, usually sold under the brand name Plan B. You can also get an emergency contraceptive pill that is comprised of ulipristal, which is commonly prescribed under the brand name Ella. Unlike other forms of emergency contraceptives, this form will require a prescription from a healthcare professional.

Side Effects of the Morning After Pill

Side effects of a morning after emergency contraceptive are rare and none are serious or long-term. Some of the side effects that may be experienced include:

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  • Tenderness in your breasts
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Nausea, with and without vomiting
  • Tiredness and muscle fatigue
  • Light spotting
  • Early or delayed menstrual cycle
  • Cramping and abdominal pain

Cramping and Abdominal Pain

Cramping and abdominal pain are rare side effects of the morning after pill, but are typically mild. If you notice that the pain is severe or gets worse over time, you should contact your local healthcare provider to check for an ectopic pregnancy.

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