Next Choice Side Effects
There are potentially several temporary, mild side effects that can occur after taking Next Choice. These side effects are normally quite bearable and could include one or more of the following results:
Possible Side Effects
- Nausea (*Please note, if you vomit within a couple of hours after taking Next Choice then you should consult your health care professional to find out if you should take a repeat dose.)
- Abdominal pain (*Please note, if you have severe abdominal pain that is worse than your average menstrual cramps you may have an ectopic pregnancy-see your health care professional.)
- Breast Tenderness
- Menstrual cycle changes (Your period may come earlier or later than normal for you. If your period is more than a week late you should have a pregnancy test.)
The possibility of enduring these side effects pales in comparison to enduring an unwanted pregnancy. Each year in America there are more than 2 million unplanned pregnancies, half of which end with abortion. Emergency contraception is a safe and convenient alternative to abortion.
Did you forget to take your birth control pill one day? Maybe you just got carried away and completely forgot to use contraception. Having unprotected sex does not necessarily mean that you will get pregnant. You can use an emergency contraception pill such as Next Choice to prevent a pregnancy from occurring.
WHAT IS EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION?
Emergency contraception works as a backup plan to prevent pregnancy after some unexpected event. This means that you can take the Next Choice pills after you have engaged in unprotected sex or after a sexual attack. You can also take Next Choice if you are worried your regular contraception will be ineffective because of a broken condom or a forgotten dose of regular birth control pills.
Emergency contraception works to keep your ovaries from releasing an egg, to keep the sperm from fertilizing an egg, and to keep an egg from implanting in the uteran wall. Emergency contraception does NOT disrupt a pregnancy once it occurs- Next Choice is NOT an abortion pill.
IS NEXT CHOICE LIKE A BIRTH CONTROL PILL?
Next Choice does contain the same hormone that is used in many types of routine birth control pills, Levonorgestrel. However, the hormone dosage level in Next Choice is much higher than in regular birth control pills, which is why it is only used as an emergency contraception. It is a backup plan that works to prevent an unplanned pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. However, it won’t be as effective if you were to try and take it every day like a regular birth control pill.
CAN I USE NEXT CHOICE TO END AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY?
No. You can’t take Next Choice if you’re already pregnant and don’t want to be in the expectation that the pregnancy will be aborted. Next Choice will have no effect on an existing pregnancy.
If you think you might be pregnant, see your health care professional to confirm pregnancy and discuss your options. If you didn’t realize you were pregnant when you took the Next Choice emergency contraception pills, then don’t worry that a child would be harmed by Next Choice. There’s no medical evidence that Next Choice has any effect at all on a developing baby.
CAN ANYONE TAKE NEXT CHOICE?
Any female who is seventeen years old or older can obtain the Next Choice Emergency Contraception pills from most local pharmacies. The Next Choice website (www.mynextchoice.com) even offers a downloadable Pharmacy Request form so you can discreetly and privately ask for the pills from your pharmacist without the need for a prescription. A prescription is only necessary for women younger than seventeen.
Women who are already pregnant should NOT take Next Choice, nor should women who are allergic to Levonorgestrel.
HOW DO I TAKE NEXT CHOICE?
Next Choice Emergency Contraception is a pair of pills- you need to take them both as directed in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Take the first pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and take the second pill within 12 hours of taking the first pill.