Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 23, 2002 07:30 AM
On the so-called emergency contraception, why don't people use contraception before they get pregnant?
Hey, I've got an idea. How about people know what they're talking about before they say things like this?
You have to use emergency contraception before you get pregnant, or else it doesn't work! EC works by preventing ovulation. It has absolutely no effect on implantation, and is INCAPABLE of affecting a fertilized egg!
This is why it's called the ``morning after pill'' instead of the month after pill. It's intended to be used within 72 hours of intercourse, to prevent an UNFERTILIZED egg from being released. For instance, if you are responsibly using condoms as contraception and the condom happens to break.
At that point, the responsible contraceptive user goes out and responsibly uses emergency contraception to make up for the accident, and PREVENT (not abort!) a very irresponsible accidental pregnancy.