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What are the side effects of emergency contraception?

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Most people don't have any side effects from the pills. But you may have mild ones, like nausea, mild stomach pain, and headache. If you have severe nausea, your doctor may be able to give you medicine that helps. You may also have spotting, and your next period may come a few days earlier or later.

From: Emergency Contraception FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

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American Society for Emergency Contraception: "The Cost of Emergency Contraception: Results from a Nationwide Survey."

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

FamilyDoctor: "Emergency Contraception."

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

HealthyChildren.org: "Emergency Contraception."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: " Emergency Contraceptive Pills;" "Progestin-only Emergency Contraceptive Pills;" "Safety;" "Side Effects;" and "Types of Emergency Contraception."

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception."

Healthy Canadians web site.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Emergency Contraception: "The Cost of Emergency Contraception: Results from a Nationwide Survey."

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

FamilyDoctor: "Emergency Contraception."

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

HealthyChildren.org: "Emergency Contraception."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: " Emergency Contraceptive Pills;" "Progestin-only Emergency Contraceptive Pills;" "Safety;" "Side Effects;" and "Types of Emergency Contraception."

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception."

Healthy Canadians web site.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 23, 2018

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