There are a host of factors that can make emergency contraception fail, from not taking it soon enough to continuing to have unprotected sex after you take it. Here are 4 times you may still end up pregnant when you take it.
1. You get sick after taking it
A number of people react differently to contraceptives. If you’re part of the people who get nauseous and even throw up after a few hours of taking it, chances are, it didn’t do the work it was supposed to do. If you vomit within three hours of taking the morning-after pill, you might need to take another pill.
2. You don’t take it soon enough
Timing is extremely important about these contraceptives. Some can be taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sex while for others it’s up to 5 days but the catch is that, the sooner you take it, the more likely it is to work. If you wait for 72 hours or more to take it, your chances of getting pregnant will still be high.
3. You take it during ovulation
Sperm can live inside your body for up to five days after sex, waiting for an egg to join up with. If you ovulate during that time, the sperm and egg can meet and cause pregnancy. Morning-after pills work by temporarily stopping ovulation, but if your ovary has already released an egg, the morning after pill won’t keep you from getting pregnant.
4. You have a high BMI
The morning-after pill doesn’t work as well for certain body types – especially if you have a high body mass index (BMI). Some research has also suggested that the morning after pill can be less effective for women who have a high body mass index (so who are overweight or obese).
As much as possible, try and use a condom to reduce your risk of getting pregnant and to protect yourself from STIs.
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