Here's What to Expect When You Take the Morning-After Pill



Education surrounding women's sexual and reproductive health can get cloudy, and it's difficult to know who or what to believe. Such is the case with information regarding abortions, birth control, and emergency contraception.

Personally, I grew up believing birth control solved every problem—skin concerns, heavy bleeding, unwanted pregnancy, irregular periods, and cramps. At least that's what was reported to us at 14, and all my friends began taking it. Now, we know otherwise. While birth control can help with some of those issues, it's far more complicated than a magical cure-all.

The same goes with Plan B. I was told emergency contraception would ravage my body, and though it was certainly a means to an end, to be very cautious about taking it (and certainly not to take it too often). All of this just goes to show how much further we need to go to get to a place where women are given all the information and shame is no longer hurtled in our direction when we ask for it.

So I reached out to a few experts to break down exactly what we need to know about the morning-after pill: what happens to our bodies when we take it, if it'll negatively affect fertility, and what the side effects will be. Below, find their answers.