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Will emergency contraception affect my fertility in the future?

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No. Taking emergency contraception does not affect your ability to have a baby later. If you got an IUD for emergency contraception, a doctor will need to remove it before you can get pregnant.

From: Emergency Contraception FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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