The Cost of Morning After Pills

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The morning after pill falls into the category of emergency contraception. Therefore an unwanted pregnancy can be avoided with its help. It works by feeding the body with a short, powerful burst of synthetic hormones. This hormonal explosion changes the hormonal rhythm of our body, a rhythm that helps pregnancy to develop. The morning after pill makes it impossible to develop a pregnancy because:

  • It does not let the egg leave the ovary;
  • It prevents the egg’s fertilization with sperm;
  • It prevents the embryo to settle in the uterus.
  • If you already are pregnant, this method will have no effect.

This article will give you all the information you’ll need about the average price, pros, and cons of all morning-after pills. For a particular case, Here’s The Price For Plan B, one of the most used morning-after pills.

The morning-after pill is not recommended to be used as a regular contraception method. It is designed to prevent pregnancy after a woman had unprotected intercourse (when conventional methods have failed or when weren’t using one at all). This pill should be taken only in case of an emergency. Some doctors say that such a pill may be enough for a lifetime (meaning you must use it once and not several times in a lifetime) due to its hormones and because our reproductive system may be affected by its repeated use.

Most of these pills come in a 2-dose regimen, the first being required within 72 hours after the intimate contact took place, and the second 12 hours after the first was administered. Studies have shown that both doses can be taken at the same time, and are effective even after 120 hours after the intercourse occurred. However, to keep you out of the risk of having an unwanted pregnancy, you need to follow the doctor’s instructions or the medical pill prospectus.

If you happen to vomit after taking the first pill (within the first half-hour), consult a specialist. Eliminating the pill can reduce its effectiveness.

To learn more about this contraception method’s effectiveness, ask a specialist doctor or pharmacist.

The advantages of using the morning after pill:

  • It reduces the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
  • You can easily obtain it.
  • Can be purchased earlier, and used only in emergency cases (in case of rape, condom breakage, etc.).
  • It does not affect fertility.


  • Time – these pills must be taken shortly after the incident, for best results. The sooner they are taken, the better.
  • It does not protect you against STDs.

Possible side effects:

Morning after pill and side effects

  • Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache;
  • The cycle can come quickly, or, on the contrary, it can delay;
  • You can either have abundant or less menstruation;
  • You can have breast pain or abdominal pain.

Does morning after pill always work?

No. The morning after pill contains both estrogen and progestin and has a 75% success rate. In other words, if 100 women have unprotected intercourse during or shortly before ovulation, about 8 women will get pregnant even after taking the pill. The pills that contain only progestin have an 89% chance to avoid pregnancy, meaning that if 100 women take this type of pill, only one will get pregnant.

  If a woman takes the morning-after pill and still gets pregnant, will it affect the baby?

No. Studies show that women who do not know they are pregnant and continue to take the pills expose the child to extraordinarily low risk. It is best to consult a specialist doctor.

  Are the morning after pills of the day the same as the ones that cause an abortion?

No. The morning after pill has the role to prevent the occurrence of an unwanted pregnancy. Instead, the pill-producing abortion works after a woman already gets pregnant (the fertilized egg is already installed in the uterus). This pill is forcing the uterus to remove the embryo.

Typical costs:

According to Planned Parenthood the typical cost of a morning-after pill, for patients with no health insurance, is between $10 and $70.

The typical cost of a morning-after pill for a patient with health insurance is between $10 and $30.

Additional costs:

If you are under 18 in New Mexico, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Washington, Maine, Massachusetts, California, and Vermont, a prescription is required. For that prescription, you must visit a doctor, that usually charges between $35 and $250 for 1 consultation.

The morning-after pill is not recommended for women who are still breastfeeding or gave birth six weeks before, who have epilepsy, kidney or cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or hypertension.

Should the average working Jane use such methods of contraception?

Ideally, people should be careful and not need such a method of contraception, but seeing that accidents still happen and abortion is more expensive and at the same time more traumatic for any woman, her best choice remains the morning after pill. If you still think that the price for the pills is too high for you, Check out The Full Cost To Give Birth To A Child to understand what your alternative is.

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